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Have you ever considered why trees are so tall? Have you ever wondered how birds are able to travel for such long distances? How come flowers come in every color and shape? How can living beings be so fine-tuned with their environment?

On our busy schedules we easily forget that Nature is full of wonders. Evolution is the biological process of «change over time». Through this process, animals, plants, fungi, bacteria – every living being! – are able to adapt to their environments and produce the broad diversity surrounding us. As Charles Darwin, one of the fathers of the theory of evolution, would put it:

“There is grandeur in this view of life, (…) from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
Charles Darwin,
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859)

 

My passion for the natural world led me to become an Evolutionary Biologist. I am interested in processes such as speciation (the process by which biological species arise), adaptive radiation (rapid diversification of a species/group of organisms while filling environmental niches [sensu ecological space]) and morphological stasis (persistence of a species’ morphology [sensu form] throughout millions of years). I am also fascinated by the amount of information Next-Generation-Tools are able to provide us … and what they can tell us about genome evolution.

On the 1st of December (2015) I began a PhD in Evolutionary Genomics and Zoology at the Natural History Museum in Oslo, working under Torsten Hugo Struck, Michael Nowak and Günter Purschke.