Jochen Wolf

Microevolution and Biodiversity

Main Focus

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.

Curriculum Vitae

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

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