Molecular Evolutionary Biology
Our molecular evolutionary and ecological research aims at understanding how organisms interact with their abiotic environment. In particular our research addresses the following questions: How do organisms adapt to their environment? Which genomic signatures are a result of environmental conditions? How do climatic factors influence the interaction of organisms and what role does the partner in a symbiosis and microbiomes play in this regard?
To study these questions we use comparative genomics, phylogenetics, population genetics and community ecology methods. We study lichens, i.e. a symbiosis of fungi, algae and bacteria as well as plant- and soil-based fungal communities.