Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology
Plants produce an astonishing diversity of chemical compounds that help them to cope with various types of stress. Here we used willows growing along an elevational gradient to compare various aspects of chemical diversity among plants exposed to different environmental conditions.
Our team is back in the field and starting new experiments! In these projects, we aim at answering three exciting questions:
Ezgi Ogutcen has joined our team as a new postdoc. She will expand our projects towards the tropics as she will study the evolution of both temperate and tropical plants from the willow family. We hope that this project will reveal how gradients in biotic interactions and abiotic conditions shape the chemical diversity in plants.
Target sequence capture of Barnadesioideae (Compositae) demonstrates the utility of low coverage loci in phylogenomic analyses
Loci lacking molecular data for a large number of samples are commonly excluded in phylogenomics analyses, even though they may still contain valuable information. We investigated how the missing data impacts branch support and topology using the target enrichment approach.
We have published a paper that shows how phytochemical beta-diversity affects insect specialization!
Quantity and specialisation matter: Effects of quantitative and qualitative variation in willow chemistry on resource preference in leaf-chewing insects
Post-Doc in Phylogenomics
Disentangling the Phylogeny and Evolution of the Willow Family
We are looking for an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher (max. seven years after obtaining a PhD degree) experienced in bioinformatics and phylogenomics to join our projects exploring plant-herbivore interactions and the evolution of host-plant defences in the willow family (Salicaceae).
Volf M., Fontanilla A.M., Vanhakylä S., Abe T., Libra M., Kogo R., Lilip R. , Kamata N. , Murakami M., Novotny V., Salminen J-P. , Segar S. T., (2024) High intraspecific variability and previous experience affect polyphenol metabolism in polyphagous Lymantria mathura caterpillars. Ecology and Evolution, https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.10973