I'm an evolutionary ecologist, mainly interested in how populations evolve in single species or multispecies context.
I'm currently working as a SNSF Early PostDoc Mobility Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. During my PostDoc, I will work in the lab of Nick Colegrave, investigating how sexual reproduction may alter adaptation of populations in a suite of conditions.
Before my PostDoc, I did my PhD, working in the labs of Florian Altermatt, Andreas Wagner and Emanuel A. Fronhofer. During my PhD, I researched evolution during range expansions, focussing on how the presence or absence of abiotic gradients, asexual or sexual reproduction and gene flow alter evolutionary dynamics. In order to do so, I combine experimental evolution using protist microcosms, whole genome sequencing and individual based models. Until the end of May 2021, I continue to work at Eawag Switzerland, before starting my first PostDoc.
Outside of science, I enjoy geocaching, cooking (with a special focus on pies and cheesecakes), board games and occasionally brewing some home-made mead.
On the 27th of July, I will start a new PostDoc position at the University of Edinburgh, working on an SNF Early PostDoc mobility grant to investigate in the research group of Prof. Nick COlegrave how the genetic background and frequency of sexual reproduction affects adaptation of populations.
Moerman F., Fronhofer E. A., Altermatt F. & Wagner A. Selection on growth rate and local adaptation drive genomic adaptation during experimental range expansions in the protist Tetrahymena thermophila
On Thursday 14.01.2021, I succesfully defended my PhD titled "Understanding Invasions — From the Genetic Basis to the Ecological Dynamics of Spreading Populations".