Biogeography is the study of the past and present distributions of plants and animals. It is a sub-discipline of physical geography that has strong ties to biology, ecology, and species conservation. The study of biogeography allows us to answer important questions about our environment, including why species live where they do, how species can become invasive, and why certain species are vulnerable to extinction.

Biogeographers in the Geography Department at York University study a diverse array of organisms and environments. Dr. Taly Drezner has expertise in arid environments and riparian areas, especially related to the distribution of plant species. Dr. Jennifer Korosi studies algae and zooplankton in Canadian lakes, identifying their fossil remains in lake sediments to understand the environmental controls on their distribution over long timescales.

Faculty conducting research in the area of Biogeography