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I am an evolutionary ecologist studying the genetic architecture, adaptations, and evolutionary dynamics of wild animal populations. My main research goals are to understand how natural and sexual selection shapes phenotypes in wild populations, why some populations are more evolvable than others and how the genetic architecture of traits constrain or facilitate evolution. I address these questions using quantitative and molecular genetics and genomics.

I mainly use two study systems in my research – a long-term study of great reed warblers Acrocephalus arundinaceus, and a novel system for studying evolution in wild populations: the green tortoise beetle Cassida viridis. In these two systems I study the microevolution of morphological, behavioural and life-history traits.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

UKÄ subject classification

  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics


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