Jobran Maurice Chebib

Link to Research Group page (Prof. Dr. Frédéric Guillaume)

Research Interests

I am driven by my wonder of the complexity of the universe and yearn to discover how order evolves from chaos. I am interested in the underlying mechanisms of evolution, which have created the awesome diversity of organisms (and culture) that is present today. What are the main constraints on the evolution of populations which have led to design similarities in disparate organisms? And what are the forces which drive it? How can useful, predictive models of evolutionary trajectories be built?

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Education and Professional Positions

2014 - present Ph.D. thesis on "Theoretical Modeling of the Evolution of Genetic  Architecture", Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2010 - 2014 M.Sc. in Evolutionary Biology: “Detecting signatures of selection in a population of lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) subject to overharvesting in Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta” University of Calgary, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Cluster, Canada
2006 - 2010 B.Sc. in Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, Canada

Selected Publications

  • Marriott C., Chebib J. (2016) Divergent Cumulative Cultural Evolution. ALIFE XV: The Fifteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. Link: arxiv.org/abs/1604.07110
  • Marriott C., Chebib J. (2016) Finding a Mate with Eusocial Skills. ALIFE XV: The Fifteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. Link: arxiv.org/abs/1604.07109
  • Marriott C., Chebib J. (2016) Modeling the Evolution of Gene-Culture Divergence. ALIFE XV: The Fifteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. Link: arxiv.org/abs/1604.07108
  • Chebib J., Renaut S., Bernatchez L., Rogers SM. (2015) Genetic structure and within-generation genome scan analysis of fisheries-induced evolution in a Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) population. Conservation Genetics (2015): p1-11. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-015-0797-y
  • Marriott C., Chebib J. (2015) Emergence-focused design in complex system simulation. ECAL2015. Link: arXiv:1505.04518 [q-bio.PE]
  • Laporte M., Rogers SM., Dion-Côté AM., Normandeau E., Gagnaire PA., Dalziel AC., Chebib J., Bernatchez L. (2015) RAD-QTL Mapping Reveals Both Genome-Level Parallelism and Different Genetic Architecture Underlying the Evolution of Body Shape in Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) Species Pairs. G3 – Genes Genomes Genetics (2015): p1-44. DOI: 10.1534/g3.115.019067
  • Marriott C., Chebib J. (2015) Finding a Mate With No Social Skills. GECCO2015. DOI: 10.1145/2739480.2754804
  • Marriott C., Chebib J. (2014) The Effect of Social Learning on Individual Learning and Evolution. ALIFE2014. Link: arXiv:1406.2720 [cs.AI]
  • Chebib J., Renaut S., Bernatchez L., Rogers SM. (2014) Elucidating within-generation signatures of selection from fisheries-induced evolution in a lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) population. Master's Thesis. University of Calgary. Link: hdl.handle.net/11023/1298

Scientific Communication

  • ALIFE XV: The 15th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. July 4–8, 2016, Cancún, Mexico. Oral presentation “Divergent Cumulative Cultural Evolution”. Marriott C., Chebib J.
  • ALIFE XV: The 15th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. July 4–8, 2016, Cancún, Mexico. Poster presentation “Finding a Mate with Eusocial Skills”. Marriott C., Chebib J.
  • ALIFE XV: The 15th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. July 4–8, 2016, Cancún, Mexico. Poster presentation “Modeling the Evolution of Gene-Culture Divergence”. Marriott C., Chebib J.
  • Biology’16: The Annual Swiss Conference on Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, Biogeography, and Conservation. Feb. 11–12, 2016, Lausanne, Switzerland. Poster presentation “Structure of Genotype-Phenotype Map Affects Evolvability of a Population”. Chebib J., Guillaume F.
  • ECAL 2015: The 13th European Conference on Artificial Life. July 20–24, 2015, “Emergence-focused design in complex system simulation”. Marriott C., Chebib J.
  • GECCO 2015: Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference. July 11–15, 2015, “Finding a Mate With No Social Skills”. Chebib J., Marriott C.
  • Behaviour & Cognition 2015: Second European Student Conference. Mar. 5–6, 2015, Zurich, Switzerland. “Finding a mate with no social skills”. Chebib J., Marriott C.
  • The 14th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. July 30–Aug. 2, 2014, New York., NY, USA. Poster presentation “The effect of social learning on individual learning and evolution”. Marriott C., Chebib J.
  • Meeting of the Alberta Chapter & the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society: Mar. 8–10, 2013, Canmore, Canada. Oral presentation “A spatio-temporal quantitative and population genetic analysis of lake whitefish populations subject to size-selective harvest in Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta”. Chebib J., Rogers SM., Bernatchez L.
  • Evolution Ottawa 2012, 1st Joint Congress of ESEB, ASN, and CSEE: July 6–10, 2012, Ottawa, Canada. Oral presentation “Understanding population structure and its effects on fisheries induced selection in Lesser Slave lake whitefish”. Chebib J., Renaut S., Rogers SM., Bernatchez L.
  • Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution VI: May 12–15, 2011, Banff, Canada. Poster presentation “Understanding the evolutionary mechanisms underlying fisheries induced selection in northern Albertan lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis)”. Chebib J., Rogers S.M., Bernatchez L.
  • 24th International Congress for Conservation Biology: July 3–7, 2010, Edmonton, Canada. Poster presentation “Population structure and selection on lake whitefish”. Chebib J., Rogers SM., Bernatchez L.

Scholarships, Awards, and Grants

2014 Queen Elizabeth II Doctoral Scholarship. Top students for NSERC Doctoral competition in province. 15,000 CDN$ (awarded, but did not use)
2013 University of Calgary Biological Sciences Graduate Research Scholarship. Research in biology. 4,500 CDN$
2012 Alberta Conservation Association Grants in Biodiversity. Outstanding research in conservation. 17,000 CDN$
2011 Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship. Excellence in graduate studies. 3,000 CDN$
2007 - 2009 University of Calgary Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) Award. 18,000 CDN$ (6,000 CDN$ X 3 years as recipient)
2008 Government of Alberta Jason Lang Scholarship. Outstanding academic achievement in an undergraduate program. 1,000 CDN$

Media

  • “Evolution Simulator Reveals the Secret to Mating Without Social Skills” MIT Technology Review, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 08-05-2015, Link.
  • “A shrinking fish tale”, UToday (University of Calgary, 2010-04-27, Link.
  • Student Textbook Advisor – “Biology : Exploring the Diversity of Life. 1st Canadian ed.” Russell, Peter J. Toronto: Nelson Education, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0176440947, Link.