Prof. Hafiz Maherali

I’m a physiological and evolutionary ecologist who studies how the functional traits of plants evolve and how these traits influence plant performance, community assembly, and ecosystem function. My work also explores the origin and maintenance of the symbiosis between plants and mycorrhizal fungi, with an aim to understand why the symbiosis is so widespread in the plant kingdom, yet highly variable in terms of its effects on plant growth.

I obtained a B.Sc. in Biology from McGill Univpicture1ersity in 1992, followed by an M.Sc. in 1997 and a Ph.D. in 1999 in Plant Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I was a postdoctoral fellow in Biology at Duke University from 1999-2002, and started a faculty position at the University of Guelph in 2003.

Positions Held at Guelph:

  • Associate Professor, 2010-present
  • Director, College of Biological Sciences Phytotron, 2008-present
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Biology, Duke University and Sabbatical Visitor, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (2011-2012)
  • Assistant Professor, 2003-2009

Other Academic Appointments:

  • Editor, Ecology Letters (2009-present)
  • Editor, International Journal of Plant Sciences (2016-present)
  • Associate Editor, Evolutionary Ecology (2010-2015)
  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Botany (2006-2012)

Courses Taught:

  • Botany 3050 (Plant Functional Ecology)
  • Biology 3010 (Lab and Field Work in Ecology)
  • Biology 2060 (Introductory Ecology)
  • Biology 4110 (Ecological Methods)
  • Integrative Biology 6020 (Evolutionary Perspectives on Ecological Processes)

Contact Information:

Address: Hafiz Maherali, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Rd. East, Guelph, ON, Canada


Image by Dr. Tristan A.F. Long, Wilfred Laurier University