Department of Evolutionary Genetics

Evolutionary epi-/genetic research for species conservation
by bridging genotype and phenotype
Our main interest is research on the evolutionary diversity of wildlife. We want to understand how the genetic diversity of wildlife has evolved and how it may change in the (near) future. Understanding evolutionary diversity is an essential prerequisite for successful conservation strategies, which also need to consider the adaptation of species to their ecological niches.
Our projects therefore focus on the research foci Conservation and Adaptation

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)? How to successfully analyse DNA methylation patterns and their impact on gene expression? How can evolutionary processes be modelled the best?
  • practical consulting: conservation and forensics.

Last updated on July 15, 2019