Dr. Crutsinger, Assistant Professor with the Department of Zoology, is a community ecologist and studies the links between hierarchies of biological diversity from genes to ecosystems. He finished his Bachelors in Science in 2003 in the redwoods of northern California at Humboldt State University. Afterwards, he pursed a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, finishing in 2009. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science at the University of California, Berkeley before joining the Zoology faculty at UBC in 2011.
Much of the conceptual basis of his work stems from hallmark studies on the importance of biodiversity for the functioning of ecosystems, as well as work in ecological genetics. His research program uses a combination of common garden experiments, broad-scale observational studies, null models, and molecular tools and spans a diverse array of organisms from plants to insects to microbes.