Department Fish Ecology and Evolution

Speciation Genomics of Alpine Whitefish

In our whitefish speciation genomics project we aim to ultimately understanding the properties of the genome structure and the genomic architecture of traits facilitating the adaptive radiation of Alpine whitefish. To achieve this we will build genomic resources for the Alpine whitefish radiation. We will assess the genome evolution accompanying the diversification of this group by looking into structural changes across whitefish genomes. In addition, we will investigate the genomic architecture of relevant ecological traits, like body size, shape, gill raker number. Finally, we will bring this together with a population genomic analysis across multiple lakes, species, and populations.

Selected Publications

Feulner, P. G. D.; Seehausen, O. (2019) Genomic insights into the vulnerability of sympatric whitefish species flocks, Molecular Ecology, 28, 615-629, doi:10.1111/mec.14977, Institutional Repository
De-Kayne, R.; Feulner, P. G. D. (2018) A European whitefish linkage map and its implications for understanding genome-wide synteny between salmonids following whole genome duplication, G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 8(12), 3745-3755, doi:10.1534/g3.118.200552, Institutional Repository
Feulner, P. G. D.; De-Kayne, R. (2017) Genome evolution, structural rearrangements and speciation, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 30(8), 1488-1490, doi:10.1111/jeb.13101, Institutional Repository


Dr. Philine FeulnerTel. +41 58 765 2106Send Mail
David FreiTel. +41 58 765 2276Send Mail


One PhD project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Another PhD project is integrated into a larger project on Lake Constance 'SeeWandel' funded by multiple partners
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