Fishes are the most diverse group of vertebrates, are key players in aquatic ecosystems, provide a diverse set of ecosystem services, and are sensitive to environmental change. We study their ecology, evolution and conservation. We work with fish diversity from traits and genes in populations to the diversity of species assemblages, their change through time and the ecosystem consequences. We are particularly interested in understanding the evolution of endemic diversity within individual ecosystems, such as the radiations of cichlid fish in African lakes and the radiation of whitefish in the lakes around the European Alps. We are a single research group led by Ole Seehausen at the University of Bern but Ole also leads the Department Fish Ecology and Evolution at the Eawag Center for Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry, Kastanienbaum, where we currently host three other research groups that are all associated with the IEE too. The work of the Eawag department is motivated by the aim to contribute to the emerging synthesis between evolutionary biology and ecosystems ecology. There we also host the Swiss Fisheries Advisory Service.
PhilTransB - Theme issue ‘Evolutionary causes and consequences of recombination rate variation in sexual organisms’
Philine co-edited a theme-issue in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B and co-authored two reviews on variation in recombination frequency in eukaryotes. Recombination is the process by which DNA strands are broken and repaired and thus produces new combinations of alleles. It occurs in nearly all multicellular organisms and has important implications for many evolutionary processes. This Theme Issue focusses on how and why recombination rate varies in sexual species.