Evolutionary history recorded in genomes: a tale of stickleback fish in Denmark and Greenland

PhD defense, Friday 19 May 2017. Shenglin Liu

2017.05.19 | Steffi Hjerrild Iversen

Shenglin Liu

The main focus of Shenglin’s PhD project was to unravel the evolutionary history of threespine stickleback populations in Denmark and Greenland using their genomic variation. Specifically, it addressed questions such as when these populations were established, how population sizes fluctuated across the history coincinding with significant geological events, and how adaptation to the local environments was influenced by demographic and environmental factors.

The research adds new insights to the evolutionary history and adaptive mechanisms of this important model species of evolutionary biology, and to phenomena such as parallel evolution and the interplay between evaluationary adaptive processes and population history.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Bioscience, Section for Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Friday 19 May 2017, at 13.00
Auditorium G2, Building 1532, Dept. of Mathematics, Aarhus University
Title of dissertation:
Analysis of phylogeographic history and adaptive processes in threespine stickleback using population genomic approaches
Contact information:
Shenglin Liu, e-mail: liu.shenglin@bios.au.dk, tel.: +45 6017 9889
Members of the assessment committee:

Professor Arne Nolte, Institut für Biologie und Umweltwissenschaften, Carl von Ossietzky Universität
Assistant Professor Paul Hohenlohe, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho
Professor Volker Loeschcke (chair), Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Main supervisor:

Professor Michael M. Hansen, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defense is public. The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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