What is the engine of biodiversity?
In our research we apply an integrative approach to explore some of the tiers of biological organization that have successfully arrested our attention. We mostly work from a genetic perspective and incorporate information from other biological disciplines.
One of the main question in the group is to understand the microevolutionary processes and genetic mechanisms underlying species divergence. Using large-scale genetic approaches, as well as field based experiments, we characterize genomic divergence across populations and (sub-)species and assess its relationship to phenotypic divergence.
In addition, we engage in comparative approaches to study evolution across larger timescales. Empirical systems currently include natural populations of birds (swallows and corvids), marine mammals (pinnipeds and killer whales) and the European hemiclonal water frog system and experimental evolution in fission yeast.
since 2021 Associate Editor Proceedings of the Royal Society B
since 2016 Full Professor of Evolutionary Biology (Evolutionary Biology Chair), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
2015-2020 Full Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, Uppsala University, Sweden
2010-2015 Senior Lecturer, Uppsala University, Sweden
2008-2010 VolkswagenStiftung Research Fellow, Uppsala University, Sweden
2007-2008 Max-Planck Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany
2006-2007 DFG Research Fellow, Köln University, Germany
2002-2005 PhD in Animal Behaviour, Bielefeld University, Germany