Daniel Berner

Universität Basel,
Zoologisches Institut
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel


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Contrasting ecological
conditions between lake and
stream habitats drive strong
and predictable phenotypic
shifts in stickleback.
Here adult males from Robert’s
lake (bottom) and Robert’s
creek (top), Vancouver Island,

Daniel Berner

Research Associate, Zoological Institute, University of Basel.

Current research

I am fascinated by the processes that underlie biological diversification (adaptation, speciation), and their analysis using integrative research approaches. I use as main research system threespine stickleback fish inhabiting lake and stream habitats. My previous work, combining ecological, phenotypic, and population genetic information from multiple lake-stream systems in Canada and Europe, has investigated how divergent natural selection between these contrasting foraging environments drives adaptive diversification and reproductive isolation. My current work focuses on molecular aspects of stickleback diversification. Making use of high-throughput sequencing technology for genome scans and QTL mapping, the goal is to shed light on the genetic basis of adaptive diversification across habitat transitions. This work will advance our understanding of the mechanisms driving (convergent) evolution and speciation.

Curriculum vitae

Presently Group leader, University of Basel, Switzerland
2008-2012 Postdoctoral fellow with Walter Salzburger, University of Basel, Switzerland
2006-2008 Postdoctoral fellow with Andrew Hendry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
2001-2005 PhD in Ecology with Christian Körner and Wolf Blanckenhorn, University of Basel, Switzerland (grade: magna cum laude)
1995-2000 Studies in Geography, University of Zürich, Switzerland


Research grants

2013-2016 Swiss National Science Foundation, Project funding (grant 31003A_146208)
2011 Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel
2009-2012 Swiss National Science Foundation, Ambizione fellowship (grant PZ00P3_126391/1)
2008-2009 Research Fund, University of Basel
2007-2008 Roche Research Foundation
2007-2008 Stiefel-Zangger Foundation, University of Zürich
2006-2007 Swiss National Science Foundation, prospective researcher fellowship (grant PBBSA-111216)
2006-2007 Janggen-Pöhn Foundation