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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.
|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|