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?


Education and Professional Positions

2014 - present Ph.D. thesis on Theoretical Modeling of the Evolution of Pleiotropy and the Genotype-Phenotype Map;, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2010 - 2014 M.Sc. degree 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. degree in Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, Canada

Selected Publications

  • Chebib J., Guillaume F., (2017). What affects the predictability of evolutionary constraints using a G‐matrix? The relative effects of modular pleiotropy and mutational correlation. Evolution, 71: 2298–2312. DOI: 10.1111/evo.13320
  • Chebib J., Renaut S., Bernatchez L., Rogers SM. (2016). Genetic structure and within-generation genome scan analysis of fisheries-induced evolution in a Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) population. Conservation Genetics (2016): p473-483. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-015-0797-y
  • Marriott C., Chebib J. (2016). Divergent Cumulative Cultural Evolution. ALIFE XV: The Fifteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. Link
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marriott C., Chebib J. (2015). Emergence-focused design in complex system simulation. ECAL2015. Link
  • 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. Link
  • Marriott C., Chebib J. (2014). The Effect of Social Learning on Individual Learning and Evolution. ALIFE2014. Link
  • 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

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. CDN$ 4,500
2012 Alberta Conservation Association Grants in Biodiversity. Outstanding research in conservation. CDN$ 17,000
2011 Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship. Excellence in graduate studies. CDN$ 3,000
2007 - 2009 University of Calgary Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) Award. CDN$ 18,000 (CDN$ 6,000 X 3 years as recipient)
2008 Government of Alberta Jason Lang Scholarship. Outstanding academic achievement in an undergraduate program. CDN$ 1,000


  • “Episode 1: The Philosophy of Science: Jobran Chebib” Forloveofsci podcast. For the Love of Science, 29-04-2016. Link
  • “Evolution Simulator Reveals the Secret to Mating Without Social Skills” MIT Technology Review, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 08-05-2015. Link
  • iEvoBio Mentor – Mentored undergraduate students in conference networking (sponsored by NESCent for Evolution Ottawa 2012), 10&11-07-2012. Link
  • Calgary Youth Science Fair Judge – Judged youth science projects, University of Calgary, 20-04-2012. Link
  • Volunteer – Let's Talk Science Outreach 2011, University of Calgary. Link
  • “A shrinking fish tale” Article on my research. UToday, University of Calgary, 27-04-2010. Link
  • Student Textbook Advisor – “Biology : Exploring the Diversity of Life. 1st Canadian ed.” Russell, Peter J. Toronto: Nelson Education, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0176440947. PDF