Research Faculty #33

General Information

Academic History

Ph.D, Indiana University

MSc, University of Toronto

Contact Information

Office Location
Room 110, Biodiversity Research Centre
Lab Location
BRC 280

Research Information

Research Abstract

Aquatic and Insect Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

  • ​​We investigate the effect of changing environments on insect and aquatic communities
  • We use field and laboratory experiments, syntheses of published literature, and natural history collections to investigate ecological and evolutionary responses to climate and habitat change
  • Our work is grounded in ecological and evolutionary theory and we tackle both basic and applied questions
Research Interests

Plankton & Freshwater Ecosystems

  • Warming and nutrient availability in aquatic ecosystems
  • Microplastics, warming, and aquatic ecosystem heath
  • Arctic plankton responses to climate change

Insect Communities

  • Warming, fitness, and flight performance in butterflies
  • Geographic variation in trends in insect diversity and abundance
  • Insect phenotypes and communities in urban environments
  • Insect conservation in urban environments

Rapid adaptation to warming

  • Mechanisms of adaptation of phytoplankton, zooplankton, and insects to warming
  • Adaptive significance of smaller body/cell sizes in warmer environments
  • Trophic significance of rapid phytoplankton evolution to warming
Team Members

Erez Büyükyilmaz - Honours thesis student / Undergrad Researcher

Sophia Fan - MSc Student

Jihyun Kim - MSc Student

Natasha Klasios  - PhD Student

Markus Thormeyer - PhD Student

Selected Publications

Select Publications

Google Scholar Profile: link
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  • Tseng, M., C. M. Di Filippo, M. Fung*, J.O. Kim*, I.P. Forster, and Y. Zhou*. 2021 Cascading effects of warming in a freshwater community. Functional Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13752.
  • Bartlett, B., J. Fortin, M. B. Kantar, M. Tseng, and Z. Mehrabi. 2021. Digital technology helps remove gender bias in academia. Scientometrics.​.
  • El-Sabaawi, R., M.B. Kantar, T. Moore, J.H. Pantel, M. Tseng, J. Ware. 2020. The EEB POC Project. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin 29(3) 97-99
  • Tseng, M., R. El-Sabaawi, M. B. Kantar, J. H. Pantel, D. S. Srivastava, and J. Ware. 2020. Strategies and support for Black, Indigenous, and people of colour in ecology and evolutionary biology. Nature Ecology & Evolution.
  • ​Tseng, M., E. Yangel*, and A. Zhou*. 2019. Herbivory alters thermal responses of algae. Journal of Plankton Research. 41(5): 641-649
  • Tseng, M., J. Bernhardt, and A. Chila*. 2019. Species interactions mediate thermal evolution. Evolutionary Applications 
  • Tseng, M. and S. Soleimani Pari*. 2019. Body size explains interspecific variation in latitude-size relationships in geographically widespread beetle species.  Ecological Entomology. 44: 151-156. DOI: 10.1111/een.12684. *Biol448 paper, undergraduate co-author.
  • ​Tseng, M., K. M. Kaur*, S. Soleimani Pari*, K. Sarai, D. Chan, C.H. Yao, P. Porto, A. Toor, H.S. Toor, and K. Fograscher. 2018. Decreases in beetle body size linked to climate change and warming temperatures. Journal of Animal Ecology.  DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12789 *co-second author, (all co-authors were UBC undergrads). Press coverage of this paper:  Quirks and
  • Tseng M., and M. I. O’Connor.  2015. Predators modify the evolutionary response of prey to temperature change. Biology Letters.  11: 20150798. (sup mat), Press: UBC newsGlobal BC