Bio: Arne Jacobs (PhD student)



My general research interest lies in the use of genomic analyses to answer complex fundamental questions in evolutionary biology, mainly regarding the interrelation of phenotype and genotype. I am interested in the genetic basis of developmental processes and morphological novelties as well as in the use of genomics to understand phenotypic divergence, adaptation and finally speciation.


I did my BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Konstanz, where I mainly worked on the Evolution & Development of jaw elongation in Beloniform fishes, with emphasis on changes in gene expression underlying the evolution of novel morphological structures. During my time as an Erasmus Exchange student at the University of Glasgow I started focusing on adaptation genomics and next-generation sequencing.

My PhD project in the Elmer Lab focuses on adaptation genomics of trophic polymorphisms in fish, using salmonids as a model system. Many salmonid species independently colonized postglacial lakes and rapidly diverged along the benthic-limnetic habitat axis forming specialized ecomorphs. I use an integrative approach combining ecological, phenotypic and genomic analyses to understand how rapid phenotypic change progresses on the genomic level. 



PhD student (University of Glasgow) 2014 – 
Erasmus Student (University of Glasgow/University of Konstanz) 2013 – 2014
BSc in Biological Sciences (University of Konstanz) 2010 – 2013

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