Areas of expertise: evolutionary biology, evolution of
polar bears, hybridization of polar bears and brown bears,
Charlotte Lindqvist, PhD, is an evolutionary biologist. Her
research uses genomics to understand speciation processes,
polyploidy events and hybridization in both animals and plants.
She is an expert on the evolution of the polar bear, having
co-led an international effort to sequence the genomes of the polar
bear and brown bear. That study, published in 2012, suggested that
polar bear numbers waxed and waned with climate change, and found
that the species may be much older than previously known.
Today, Lindqvist continues using genomic techniques to study the
polar bear, with the goal of identifying genetic adaptations that
help the animal survive brutal Arctic winters.
Charlotte Lindqvist, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Collge of Arts and Sciences