Brent Sinclair

Brent Sinclair, PhD

Western University


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Brent grew up in New Zealand, where he did his undergraduate and PhD degrees in Zoology at the University of Otago, falling in love with insect freeze tolerance along the way. He held postdoctoral positions in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and Las Vegas, Nevada, before moving to Western University in 2006. Brent’s research is still (almost) always about insect thermal biology, and ranges from global-scale patterns to sub-cellular processes. Although a lot of his work is lab-based, Brent’s research has seen him freeze bugs in Antarctica, on remote sub-Antarctic islands, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic. He is very proud of the graduates from his lab, who are now PIs in institutions across the globe. In his spare time, Brent loves travelling and the outdoors, and discovered wilderness canoeing during COVID which has let him and his wife, Mhairi, explore remote areas of Northern Ontario.