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Research Interest and Projects

Research interests

My research centres on determining the evolutionary causes and ecological consequences of variation in levels of neutral and adaptive genetic diversity in natural populations. Ongoing studies investigate:

 (1) the role of dispersal and connectivity in fragmented populations and the effect of metapopulation dynamics on the viability of natural populations.

(2) how species cope with extreme environmental conditions and adapt to alpine environments


Research Projects


Evolutionary conservation genetics



Microevolution in blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla)

Collaborator: PD Dr. Martin Schaefer (University Freiburg)


Landscape genetics of capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) in the Black Forest

Collaborator: Dr. Rudi Suchant, Veronika Braunisch (Forest Research Institute Baden- Württemberg)


Landscape genetics of black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) in the Swiss Alps

Collaborator: Dr. Hannes Jenny (Amt für Jagd und Fischerei des Kantons Graubünden)


Genetic diversity in lowland black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Collaborator: Prof. Jacob Höglund (EBC Uppsala, Sweden