Molecular Ecology


In collaboration with fellow scientists, I work on the molecular ecology of terrestrial, freshwater and marine species. The focus of this research is to understand how (meta-)populations are structured in nature and unravel the underlying evolutionary and/or ecological processes, and environmental variables governing population genetic structure. The focal species are fish, sharks, lynx and bears.

This research is within the context of genetic monitoring, conservation and management of natural populations in the face of ongoing anthropogenic and climatic pressures. I also find that the genetic information that can be obtained here lend itself to downstream application in breeding programs with regard to ideal locals for sourcing and maximizing genetic diversity of broodstock, and identifying episodes of interbreeding between cultured and wild populations.