Mark de Bruyn        Bivalves      Freshwater fishes

 

 

 

 

My research aims to document patterns, and identify the underlying processes, generating and maintaining diversity in freshwater taxa from the species-rich Indo-Australian Archipelago. My current research project (BIOASIA) is focussing on several freshwater taxa, exhibiting contrasting life histories and ecological requirements, to generate and test explicit biogeographical hypotheses within a comparative molecular phylogeographic framework.

 

Study taxa include freshwater fishes (the halfbeak genera Dermogenys and Hemirhamphodon; and the killifish Aplocheilus panchax), freshwater shrimps (Caridina typus, various Macrobrachium, and the torrent shrimps Atyopsis), and freshwater molluscs (Corbicula).

 

 


 

 

 Greger Larson lab        Large mammals

 

 

 

 

We are pretty smitten with the natural world, both the patterns of plant and animal diversity, and the processes that underlie their form, function, and distribution. Of course, it is evolution that has shaped all these aspects and we focus on answering our specific questions using an evolutionary framework.

 

As Darwin recognized, one of the best ways to understand evolution is to study domestication. The process of turning wild wolves, aurochs and boar into chihuahuas, cattle, and miniature pigs is evolution writ small, and the relatively short time frame over which this has occurred allows us to study the process at multiple levels of biological organization, from genes to whole organisms.

 

Studying domestication also allows us to investigate the human condition and the history of civilization since the modern world is predicated on the close relationship between us, and a variety of familiar plants and animals. Looking into the origins of these relationships and by using domestic animals as a proxy for humans, we can glean a great deal about the times and places domestication began, and the routes people first took when they began traveling with their newly acquired best friends.

 

Investigating these issues often takes us into fascinating new territory and we are currently involved in projects spanning disciplines as diverse as ecology, island biogeography, molecular clocks, taxonomy, functional genomics, phylogenetics, and one day we are going to solve the Cambrian Explosion by studying skateboard shapes. One day.

 


 

 

 Axel Dalberg Poulsen        Ginger

 

 

 

 

I am working on several taxa in the ginger order Zingiberales. I have carried out several expeditions to the Indo-Pacific Region on both sides of Wallace's Line and I am currently focusing on the taxonomy, systematics, evolution, ethnobotany and ecology of on the ginger genus Etlingera. A revision of the Etlingera of Sulawesi is expected to be published in 2010.

 


 

 

 Lukas Rüber lab        Freshwater fishes

 

 

 

 

I am interested in evolutionary biology, particularly in speciation mechanisms. My research focuses on molecular systematics at different taxonomic levels, phylogeography, and population genetics of several fish groups. My current research projects are: Biodiversity of Southeast Asian freshwater fishes, evolutionary divergence of gobioid fishes: a model system for marine speciation, and mechanisms of speciation in Lake Tanganyika cichlids.