Sophie Karrenbergs group: Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics
Almost all plants and animals are can be identified as different species. How do these spcies form and how ar ethey maintained? We investigate the speciation process using closelly related spcies that can still form natural hybrids in nature. We study both ecolgical process such as adaptation to different habitats and genetic processes that play important roles for the speciation process.
Our study systems include campions (Silene), willows (Salix) and thale cress (Arabidopsis).