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I am an evolutionary biologist, interested in the intersection between behaviour, ecology, evolution and population biology. My research is both empirical and theoretical, and I integrate different methods to study the dynamics of natural populations on both micro- and macroevolutionary time scales.

I have a background in life-history evolution and I have subsequently complemented and expanded my field experimental research programme to also include population and quantitative genetics, genomics, phylogenetic comparative methods and theoretical modelling approaches.

I am interested in the interplay between various evolutionary forces in natural populations and the intersection between ecology and genetics. I study frequency-dependent selection processes, natural and sexual selection in natural populations, the genomics and ecology of sexual antagonism, the evolution of signalling traits (particularly colour), thermal adaptations and phenotypic plasticity. I do also contribute to, and publish on topics related to general evolutionary theory, the history of evolutionary biology and how evolutionary biology could help us to understand applied problems, such as in conservation or anthroprogenically driven evolution.

My current study organisms are insects (mainly Odonata; dragonflies and damselflies), but I have also done research on birds (blue tits and ostriches), reptiles (side-blotched lizards), freshwater isopods (Asellus aquaticus) and diving beetles.

Research Group

Henrik Frietsch (Master's student)

Benjamin Jarrett (Postdoc)

Stephen De Lisle (Researcher, collaborator)

Moritz Lürig (Postdoc)

Sofie Nilén (Master's student)

Karolina Pehrson (Master's student)

Masahito Tsuboi (Postdoc)


Former PhD-students (Main advisor)

Jessica Abbott (PhD 2006)

Fabrice Eroukhmanoff (PhD 2009)

Tom Gosden (PhD 2008)

Kristina Karlsson-Green (PhD 2010)

Anna Runemark (PhD 2012)

John Waller (PhD 2018)

Beatriz Willink (PhD 2018)


Former postdocs

Katie Duryea

Rachael Dudaniec

Sophia Engel

Debora Goedert

Miguel Gomez-Llano

Tom Gosden

Natsu Katayama

Shawn Kuchta

Lesley Lancaster

Stephen De Lisle

Maarit Mäenpää

Viktor Nilsson-Örtman

Yuma Takahashi

Machteld Verzijden

Maren Wellenreuther

UKÄ subject classification

  • Natural Sciences
  • Biological Sciences


  • evolutionary biology
  • evolutionary ecology
  • genomics
  • microevolution
  • macroevolution
  • natural selection
  • phylogenetics
  • sexual selection
  • speciation
  • Thermal adaptation
  • insects
  • birds
  • reptiles
  • physiological ecology
  • animal behaviour
  • philosophy of biology
  • history of biology
  • quantitative genetics
  • population genetics
  • evolutionary theory
  • statistics
  • population biology
  • fitness
  • adaptive landscapes


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