We are interested in the effect of environmental change on populations and ecosystems, and use the ecological aquatic keystone organism Daphnia, the water flea, as our model system. We study rapid adaptative processes induced by changing biotic or abiotic factors, which often have an anthropogenic origin. We analyze the genome as well as the phenotype of organisms and combine population genomics, experimental evolution, molecular tools, high-throughput phenotyping and evolutionary simulations.
With our research, we want to answer questions like:
- How is adaptation to environmental change reflected in the genome?
- Which phenotypic traits are involved in adaptation to environmental change?
- Is there a connection between phenotypic change and the genomic architecture of adaptation?
- Which genomic features are important for the rapid adaptation to a changing environment?
We supervise bachelor and master theses in the following programs: BSc Biology, BSc Molecular Life Sciences, MSc Biology and BSc/MSc Biology for teachers. We are very happy if you are interested in our research, please contact(kathrin.otte"AT"uni-hamburg.de) us!