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.


Dr. Philine FeulnerTel. +41 58 765 2106Send Mail
Rishi De-KayneTel. +41 58 765 2269Send Mail
David FreiTel. +41 58 765 2158Send Mail


Funding: SNSF

Duration:  2016 - 2019

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