Darren Irwin


Our research is directed toward understanding how new species arise, how geographical variation within species is produced, and how behaviors evolve. We study carefully chosen model systems using an integrative approach, employing techniques such as genomics, computer-assisted analysis of vocalizations, observation and experimentation in the field, and computer simulation. Research systems have included passerine birds in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Early Career Scholar Award

For Research

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Just Desserts Award

For Teaching

UBC Alma Mater Society and UBC Graduate Student Association

New Opportunities Fund Award

For Research

Canadian Foundation for Innovation


For Research

American Ornithological Society

Cross-decades stability of an avian hybrid zone
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 1:10
Silu Wang, Siever Rohwer, Kira Delmore, Darren E. Irwin
A comparison of genomic islands of differentiation across three young avian species pairs
Molecular Ecology online Early View
Irwin, D. E., B. Mila, D. P. L. Toews, A. Brelsford, H. L. Kenyon, A. N. Porter, C. Grossen, K. E. Delmore, M. Alcaide, J. H. Irwin
Behavioral isolation and incipient speciation in birds
Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics in press
Uy, J. A. C., D. E. Irwin, M. S. Webster
Comparative analysis examining patterns of genomic differentiation across multiple episodes of population divergence in birds
Evolution Letters 2: 76-87
Delmore, K. E., J. Lugo, B. M. Van Doren, M. Lundberg, S. Bensch, D. E. Irwin, M. Liedvogel
Population genomic analyses reveal a highly differentiated and endangered genetic cluster of northern goshawks (Accipiter gentilis laingi) in Haida Gwaii
Evolutionary Applications 1:16
Armando Geraldes, Kenneth K. Askelson, Ellen Nikelski, Frank I. Doyle, William L. Harrower, Kevin Winker, and Darren E. Irwin
Sex chromosomes and speciation in birds and other ZW systems
Molecular Ecology 27: 3831-3851
Irwin, D. E
Similar hybrid composition among different age and sex classes in the Myrtle–Audubon’s warbler hybrid zone
The Auk: Ornithological Advances 135: 1133-1145
Toews, D. P. L., I. J. Lovette, D. E. Irwin, A. Brelsford
Admixture mapping in a hybrid zone reveals loci associated with avian feather coloration
Proceedings B 284: 20171106
Brelsford, A., D. P. L. Toews, D. E. Irwin
Cultural isolation is greater than genetic isolation across an avian hybrid zone
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30: 81–95
Kenyon, H. L., M. Alcaide, D. P. L. Toews, D. E. Irwin
First record of House Swift (Apus nipalensis) in the Americas
Wilson Journal of Ornithology 129: 411-416
Szabo, I., K. Walters, J. Rourke, and D. E. Irwin