Department of Evolutionary Genetics

Our main interest is the evolutionary diversity of wildlife. We want to understand how the genetic diversity of wildlife has been shaped by past conditions (from very distant to very recent) and how that diversity may change in the (near) future. Understanding evolutionary diversity is an essential prerequisite for successful conservation strategies.

Our research focuses on:

  • fundamental questions: How does the genotype connect to the phenotype? How does the environment impact both? How does epigenetics promote adaptation? How does the environment impact sexual selection? Which genes are the targets of artificial selection (e.g. domestication)? Which genes are important for adaptation to urban environments?

  • methodological questions: How to genotype wild (i.e. non-model) species? How to study the diversity of wildlife from non-invasive samples (aDNA, iDNA, eDNA, stable isotopes, and others)? How to successfully analyse DNA methylation patterns and their impact on gene expression?
  • practical consulting: conservation and forensics.

Last updated on April 16, 2019