Background and activities
I am an evolutionary ecologist studying genetic architecture and evolutionary dynamics of wild animal populations. My main questions are how natural and sexual selection shapes phenotypes in wild populations; why some populations are more evolvable than others; how the genetic architecture of traits constrain or facilitate evolution and how adaptation translates into speciation. I address these questions using quantitative genetics, QTL-mapping and genomics.
In my current project, I am investigating how populations differ in their ability to evolve. By using large scale meta-analyses I am searching for general patterns of evolvability in e.g. different categories of traits, selection types, life histories and ecological settings. Furthermore, I will also investigate the effect of temporal variation in fitness on microevolution in birds. The aim is to deepen our understanding of how much genetic variance constraints evolution.
Before coming to NTNU, I did a postdoc at CIBIO in Portugal, investigating the genomics of speciation in a recent radiation of endemic birds on remote islands. In 2012, I defended my thesis, "Evolutionary dynamics of migration and breeding in wild birds: genetic architecture, sexual conflicts and evolutionary constraints" at Lund University in Sweden.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
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- (2015) Did natural selection make the Dutch taller? A cautionary note on the importance of quantification in understanding evolution. Evolution. vol. 69 (12).
- (2015) Selection and evolutionary potential of spring arrival phenology in males and females of a migratory songbird. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. vol. 28 (5).
- (2014) Intralocus sexual conflict over wing length in a wild migratory bird. American Naturalist. vol. 183 (1).
- (2010) A strong quantitative trait locus for wing length on chromosome 2 in a wild population of great reed warblers. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. vol. 277.