Molecular Evolutionary Biology
Our research aims at understanding organism-environment interactions using molecular tools. We address the following questions: Which genetic and genomic signatures (in populations, species and communities) are a result of environmental conditions? How do climatic factors influence the interaction of organisms, and what role do partners 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.