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Evolutionary Genetics

Evolutionary Genetics

PIs: L.W. Beukeboom, B. Wertheim

The Evolutionary Genetics Group investigates genetic and life-history traits of organisms from an evolutionary perspective. We ask how population structure and genetic variation affect and, in turn, are shaped by, evolutionary and ecological processes. Research focus is on the genetics and evolution of reproductive systems and life histories, genetics of speciation, genetics and genomics of host-parasitoid interactions, and the genetics and evolutionary ecology of biodiversity. We put special emphasis on the integration of theoretical approaches and experimental testing of models. Our main study organisms are flies (Drosophila, Musca) and parasitoid wasps (Nasonia, Asobara, Cotesia).

The Evolutionary Genetics Group is part of the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES). Our group participates in two Bachelor's programmes ("Biology" and "Life Science & Technology"), the Master's programme "Ecology", the Master’s topprogramme "Evolutionary Biology", and a number of national courses for graduate students that are available through the Research School Ecology and Evolution (RSEE).

PhD positions available in BINGO ITN project

Evolutionary Genetics is participating in the BINGO ITN project (Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation BioControl), funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. The project involves 12 partners from academia, non-profit organizations and industry located in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and Portugal. For more information and vacancies, please visit the BINGO ITN website.

"The evolution of sex determination"
"The evolution of sex determination"

New: "The evolution of sex determination" by Leo Beukeboom and Nicolas Perrin

This book
  • Provides a current synthesis of the latest theoretical and empirical research on the evolution of sex determination mechanisms, the first for 30 years
  • Focuses on the evolutionary consequences of sex determination mechanisms, both at the genome level (genome alterations, gene regulation, and sex chromosome evolution) and the organismal level (reproductive modes, behaviour and life history evolution, sexual selection, and speciation)
  • Integrates work on a wide range of taxonomic groups, identifying avenues for future research

To order the book: Oxford University Press

"Insects" (l) & "Tree of Life" (r)
"Insects" (l) & "Tree of Life" (r)

On the occasion of the publication of the book, the posters "Insects" and "Tree of Life" can be ordered for free (while stocks last).
Order the poster(s)

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