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Marco Colombo

Address
Universität Basel,
Zoologisches Institut
Evolutionsbiologie
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel
Switzerland

Office
E0.03

Phone
+41 (0)61 207 03 02

Fax
+41 (0)61 207 03 01

Email
Marco.Colombo-at-unibas.ch

Marco Colombo

PhD student in the group of Walter Salzburger.

Research interest

Parallel evolution is an interesting topic for evolutionary biologists because it provides natural replicates to test hypotheses. Cichlids reveal through their diversity and isolated evolution in different lake habitats striking examples for parallel evolution. A textbook example for similarities in adaptive morphology can be found in two of the Great Lakes of Eastern Africa, Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika, where several cichlid species evolved very similar morphological traits. Less attention has been paid to the intercontinental parallel evolution of cichlid fishes, namely species from Central America and Eastern Africa. In my project, I investigate the possible parallel evolution between a Central American cichlid species and a species from the East African Lake Tanganyika.

Curriculum vitae

2006-2009 B.Sc. in Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland
2009-2011 M.Sc. at the Department of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Basel (Salzburger group)
2011 - present PhD student at the Department of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Basel

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