Ben Haller

McGill University
Ph.D. candidate

Supervisor: Andrew Hendry
Start: 2009-09-01
End: 2013-06-06
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Individual based models of the evolutionary process.
My research interest is in the details of the process of speciation: how do new species develop, what drives or inhibits that, and what theoretical models of speciation best fit nature? I am developing computational simulations of eco-evolutionary processes, using Mac OS X, Objective-C, Cocoa, NetLogo, and R. With these simulations I hope to observe speciation as an ongoing process, in order to better understand its dynamics. I'm particularly interested in the early stages of speciation: gene flow, adaptive divergence, and the ecological speciation model. I am presently doing a postdoc in Montpellier, France, at CEFE with Luis-Miguel Chevin.


speciation, adaptation, Individual based models, eco-evolutionary dynamics, magic traits, gene flow, ecological speciation


1- Oxidation of Electron Donor-Substituted Verdazyls: Building Blocks for Molecular Switches
Haller, Benjamin C., Dallas Chambers, Ran Cheng, Victoria Chemistruck, Timothy F. Hom, Zhengzheng Li, Jeffrey Nguyen, Andrew Ichimura, David J. R. Brook
2015 The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

2- The founding of Mauritian endemic coffee trees by a synchronous long-distance dispersal event
Nowak, M. D., B. C. Haller, A. D. Yoder
2014 Journal of Evolutionary Biology

3- Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives in Ecology and Evolution: A Survey
Haller, B. C.
2014 BioScience

4- A Tale of Two Morphs: Modeling Pollen Transfer, Magic Traits, and Reproductive Isolation in Parapatry
Benjamin C. Haller, Jurriaan M. de Vos, Barbara Keller, Andrew P. Hendry, Elena Conti
2014 PLoS ONE

5- The temporal distribution of directional gradients under selection for an optimum
Chevin, Luis-Miguel, Benjamin C. Haller
2014 Evolution

6- Evolutionary Branching in Complex Landscapes
Haller, Benjamin C., Rupert Mazzucco, Ulf Dieckmann
2013 The American Naturalist

7- Magic traits: distinguishing the important from the trivial
Haller, Benjamin C., Luis F. De Léon, Gregor Rolshausen, Kiyoko M. Gotanda, Andrew P. Hendry
2012 Trends in Ecology & Evolution

8- Validation of modelled forest biomass in Germany using BETHY/DLR
Tum, M., M. Buchhorn, K. P. Günther, B. C. Haller
2011 Geoscientific Model Development

9- Broken barriers: Human-induced changes to gene flow and introgression in animals
Crispo, Erika, Jean-Sébastien Moore, Julie A. Lee-Yaw, Suzanne M. Gray, Benjamin C. Haller
2011 BioEssays

10- Strong ferromagnetic metal–ligand exchange in a nickel bis(3,5-dipyridylverdazyl) complex
Brook, David J. R., Cardius J. Richardson, Benjamin C. Haller, Michael Hundley, Gordon T. Yee
2010 Chemical Communications

Haller, Benjamin C., Andrew P. Hendry
2013 Evolution