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Jochen Wolf - Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics

In our research we apply an integrative approach to explore some of the tiers of biological organization that have successfully arrested our attention. We mostly work from a genetic perspective and incorporate information from other biological disciplines. One of the main question in the group is to understand the microevolutionary processes and genetic mechanisms underlying species divergence. Using large-scale genetic approaches, as well as field based experiments, we characterize genomic divergence across populations and (sub-)species and assess its relationship to phenotypic divergence. In addition, we engage in comparative approaches to study evolution across larger timescales. Empirical systems currently include natural populations of birds (swallows and corvids), marine mammals (pinnipeds and killer whales) and the European hemiclonal water frog system and experimental evolution in fission yeast.