Biodiversity and evolutionary biology

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    Biodiversity and evolutionary biology

    Our research on biodiversity and evolutionary biology includes studies within the fields of conservation biology/genetics, phylogenetics, biodiversity at different scales and within different taxa, and adaptation of organisms to the environment. We aim to understand how genetic and plastic mechanisms shape adaptation to natural and anthropogenic environmental change, how evolutionary processes shape population genomics, and interactions between animals, plants and pathogens, and the factors that impact on biodiversity at various scales. We use a wide range of approaches including population genomic and sequencing methodologies, experimental evolution, network analyses, and laboratory/greenhouse/field experiments and observations.

    Main research topics

    • Inbreeding and genetic drift in small populations
    • Adaptation to variable and stressful environments
    • Population genetics/genomics
    • Genetic architecture of complex traits
    • Biodiversity along environmental scales in the field
    • Other field experiments aiming at understanding physiological mechanisms underlying ecological phenomena in response to environmental cues
    • Species interactions on a macro-ecological scale.

    Topics and methods that we work with:

    • Molecular and Quantitative Genetics
    • Network analysis
    • Metabolome analysis
    • Gene expression analysis
    • Proteomics
    • Population genetics
    • Microbiomes
    • Bioinformatics
    • Photosynthesis and respiration
    • Insect ecology and physiology
    • Plant ecology and physiology
    • Natural ecology/Macroecology
    • Network biology
    • Species distribution modelling
    • Evolution
    • Agriculture
    • Biodiversity measures
    • Botany


    Biodiversity is vanishing at a rate unprecedented for millennia. We have the vision to document impacts of biotic and abiotic factors on organismal, population and ecosystem levels (global and local species extinction) and to provide solutions to the current biodiversity crisis.   

Adaptation to variable and stressful environments

Biodiversity and nature management

Inbreeding and genetic drift in small populations

Genetic architecture of complex traits

Species interactions on a macro-ecological scale

Conservation biology

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    Collaborative partners

    • Aage V Jensens Naturfond
    • Aalborg Zoo
    • Bioproduction (
    • Randers regnskov

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