I am intrigued by the broad diversity of organisms that exhibit a whole spectrum of life styles and evolved features that enabled them to survive and propagate. During adaptation and diversification plants and animals have developed so many different ways to cope with new environments and environmental changes.
I study the patterns and processes of diversification by means of molecular and morphological analyses. In the past I have used Sanger- and next-generation sequencing and geometric morphometrics to unravel the molecular changes in Arabidopsis thaliana, African Lake and Midas cichlids, and lampreys;
and morphological changes in sea catfishes, horses, and chicken.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Dr. Andrew Hendry and I will study the molecular basis of freshwater adaptation of a sea catfish from Panama.