Research

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The advent of second and thirs generation sequencing has opened unprecedented doors to understand old evolutionary questions. My research focuses on understanding evolution in invertebrates. I am interested in processes such as natural selection, speciation, adaptive radiation, morphological stasis and genome evolution/architecture.

For my PhD project I am studying a complex of cryptic species – the interstitial annelid Stygocapitella subterranea. In specific, I am delving into:

  • Morphological and genetic disparity within the S. subterranea species complex (spoiler: our first data analyses demonstrate morphological conservationism for several millions of years).
  • Demographic history and biogeography using RADseq ( on going … )
  • Admixture between sympatric, (presumably) reproductively cryptic isolated lineages.
  • Genome assembly of these complexes.

 

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Here is an updated version of my CV: JCO_Oct’17

For Publications visit my Researchgate profile.

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