Evolutionary Biology

Organisational unit: Research group


The research group Evolutionary Biology lies at the interface of development, ecology and evolution. We use experimental and comparative methods, guided by mathematical modelling and conceptual analysis.


We are trying to understand how the evolutionary process, that began several billion years ago, works. Understanding evolution requires cross-talk between disciplines – from molecular and developmental biology to ecology – and research guided by mathematical modelling and conceptual analysis. Our research ranges from empirical and theoretical studies to the philosophy of evolutionary biology. Some projects rely heavily on analyses of genomes to reconstruct evolutionary events, while others make use of experiments to reveal the causes of phenotypic divergence, or track individuals in the wild to estimate ongoing selection. Our empirical research is mostly on lizards and water fleas.