understanding the evolution of biodiversity
How do populations adapt to their environment?
How do new species emerge?
What genetic changes drive these processes?
We are an international team of researchers located in multiple European countries. Our common goal is to improve our understanding of the evolution of biodiversity.
We use marine snails of the genus Littorina as model systems. We conduct field work on rocky shores, analyse various traits of the snails in the lab, perform analyses of large DNA data sets, and develop theoretical models.
An introduction to speciation
How snails evolve into new species on the sea shore
One of our many scenic field sites
Happy snail researchers at our virtual Littorina meeting (Feb 2024)
We are funded by
European Research Council
UKRI Natural Environment Research Council
Marie Curie Actions
FCT Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia