I am a senior postdoctoral researcher in Ole Seehausen's group at the University of Bern and Eawag, both in Switzerland, studying organismal diversification, especially in the context of cichlid fish adaptive radiation. I'm currently using a paleogenetic approach to investigate Lake Victoria's haplochromine cichlids, funded through an SNSF Sinergia grant.
In previous work, I explored patterns of ecological specialisation and genomic divergence of Timema stick insects together with Patrik Nosil at the University of Sheffield, UK, and speciation and ecomorphological evolution of cichlid fishes in the groups of Axel Meyer (University of Konstanz, Germany) and Walter Salzburger (University of Basel, Switzerland).
NEWS & EVENTS
Practical in Aquatic Ecology & Evolution During this year's two weeks long intensive practical we will investigate fish adaptive radiations using geometric morphometrics and phylogenetic comparative methods.
New paper: Adaptive zones shape the magnitude of premating reproductive isolation in Timema stick insects. Published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
New paper: Large-scale mutation in the evolution of a gene complex for cryptic coloration. Published in Science
ISBA9 conference The International Symposium of Biomolecular Archaeology is on again, and this time I'm participating. Great to see what fantastic findings can be created with paleoproteomics and ancient DNA from tiny amounts of diverse substrates.
Practical in Aquatic Ecology & Evolution During this year's four weeks long intensive practical we will investigate the fish community composition in Lake Constance through time using sediment cores.