Pipit PhD

My PhD research is focused on using island systems to understand the ecological factors that drive natural selection, using genome scans to identify traits of adaptive importance across these selective environments.

Using novel genomic tools, including whole-genome sequencing and RAD-seq, we can identify genes under selection, their function and the ecological factors driving adaptation at different spatial scales across populations.

I use the Berthelot’s pipit Anthus berthelotii, a passerine endemic to three ecologically varied Macaronesian archipelagos, as a model system I examine patterns of adaptation across the populations.