Background and activities
Evolution results from the interplay between selection and the ability of organisms to evolve and adapt, that is, their Evolvability. Until recently, however, selection has been considered the main dynamical force explaining variation in micro- and macroevolution. The aim of my research activity is to understand how much evolvability of complex characters, measured by their level of genetic variance, affects their evolution at both micro- and macroevolutionary time scales. I use both experimental studies on different model organisms and comparative/meta-analyses to study evolvability. A large part of the experiments we are currently conducting is done on the Neotropical vine Dalechampia scandens at the greenhouse from the institute.
I am teaching various courses at the institute of biology at NTNU: in evolutionary biology (BI 2017 and BI 3083) ; in quantitative methods and experimental design in ecology and evolution (BI 3051 and BI 3052).
Scientific, academic and artistic work
Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database
- (2016) Novel microsatellite markers for Dalechampia scandens (Euphorbiaceae) and closely related taxa: application to studying a species complex. Plant Species Biology.
- (2016) Mind the wind: Microclimate effects on incubation effort of an arctic seabird. Ecology and Evolution. vol. 6 (7).
- (2016) Evolutionary consequences of ecological factors: pollinator reliability predicts mating-system traits of a perennial plant. Ecology Letters. vol. 19 (12).
- (2016) Multiple effects of drought on pollination and mating-system traits in Dalechampia scandens. International journal of plant sciences. vol. 177| (8).
- (2016) Does stronger pollen competition improve offspring fitness when pollen load does not vary?. American Journal of Botany. vol. 103 (3).
- (2015) Complex constraints on allometry revealed by artificial selection on the wing of Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. vol. 112 (43).
- (2015) Inbreeding effects in a mixed-mating vine: Effects of mating history, pollen competition and stress on the cost of inbreeding. AoB Plants. vol. 7.
- (2015) Does multiple paternity affect seed mass in angiosperms? An experimental test in Dalechampia scandens. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. vol. 28 (9).
- (2015) Blossom colour change after pollination provides carbon for developing seeds. Functional Ecology. vol. 29 (9).
- (2015) Did natural selection make the Dutch taller? A cautionary note on the importance of quantification in understanding evolution. Evolution. vol. 69 (12).
- (2014) Integrated phenotypes: Understanding trait covariation in plants and animals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. vol. 369 (1649).
- (2014) Genetic constraints predict evolutionary divergence in Dalechampia blossoms. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. vol. 369 (1649).
- (2014) Walk the line: 600 000 years of molar evolution constrained by allometry in the fossil rodent Mimomys savini. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. vol. 369 (1649).
- (2014) Evolution of morphological allometry. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. vol. 1320 (1).
- (2014) The effects of sexual selection on life-history traits: an experimental study on guppies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. vol. 27 (2).
- (2014) Allometric constraints and the evolution of allometry. Evolution. vol. 68 (3).