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Genetics and evolution

Evolution is the process that shapes the extraordinary adaptations that enable organisms to occupy all the diverse habitats and niches on Earth. The research in genetics and evolution aims to understand the ecological drivers and evolutionary processes that shape all life – from the origin of species to the mechanisms that enable adaptation to their specific environments. This research is very important for the understanding of the distribution and conservation of species.

The evolutionary mechanisms that drive diversification and adaptation to different environments – from oceans to deserts – are based on interactions between the specific environment and the genetic diversity of species. The research of evolutionary processes is central for understanding and confronting current global challenges such as the biodiversity crises, food supply, disease outbreaks and antibiotic resistance.

Research centers in Genetics and evolution

EcoGenetics - Center for Ecological Genetics

Research groups in Genetics and evolution

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Research areas

Biodiversity
Conservation
Genetics and molecular evolution
Tropical ecosystems

Research areas

Behaviour and etology
Spiders
Evolution
Genetics
Population biology
Selection
Ecology

Research areas

Biodiversity
plant diversity
palms (Arecaceae)
Evolution
Tropical ecosystems
Ecology
macroecology
biogeography

Research areas

Biodiversity
Zoology
Biogeography
Evolution
Animal evolution
Phylogeography
Animals
invertebrates
meiofauna
tardigrades
Rotifera
Cycliophora
horseshoe crabs
life cycle
Xenoturbella
Biology
Climatic changes

Research areas

Genetics
DNA
Fish and fish biology
Conservation
Biodiversity
Climatic changes
Evolution

Research areas

Plant adaptation to the environment
Evolution
Genetics

Research areas

Biodiversity
Genetics and molecular evolution
Genome Analysis
Microbiology
Molecular microbiology

Research areas

Heredity and environment
Fruit flies
Biodiversity
Conservation
Extinction risk and effective population size
Inbreeding and inbreeding depression
Animal adaptation to the environment
Evolution
Genetics and molecular evolution
Climatic changes
Population biology
Selection
Stress and evolution genetics
Ageing and mild stress
Heat shock proteins and stress response
Thermal adaptation
Adaptation to climatic change

Research areas:

  • Microbial genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Sediment microbiology
  • Microbial ecology

Research areas

Fruit flies
Animal physiology
Animal adaptation to the environment
Spiders
Insects
Climatic changes
Cardiovascular Physiology
Reptiles

Research areas:

  • Aero-microbiology (atmospheric microbiology)
  • Microbial ice nucleation
  • Microbial airborne dispersal (pathogen airborne dispersal)
  • Biogeography
  • Polar microbiology

Research areas

Heredity and environment
Fruit flies
Animal adaptation to the environment
Evolution
Genetics
Insects
Selection
Stress and evolution genetics

Research areas:

  • Environmental DNA
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Entomology

Research areas

Animal physiology
Reptiles
Amphibians
Animals
Animal adaptation to the environment
Cardiovascular Physiology