Keywords: evolutionary biology
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Pim's scientific webpage
My scientific interests center on individual variation, population divergence, genetics and evolutionary theory, with a particular focus on the diverse mechanisms of adaptation and divergence. A main line of research is how individual Matching Habitat Choice can facilitate local adaptation, genotype-environment correlation, invasion of novel habitats, and experimental speciation. We studied this in a cryptic ground-perching grasshopper, combining descriptive field studies, manipulative experiments in the field and in our lab, determination of the quantitative genetics of colour, plasticity and habitat choice, and individual-based simulation modelling. More recently we started another exciting experimental test using Zebra finches and Tree sparrows Additional consequences of Matching habitat Choice on individuals, populations and other species are being studied using optogenetic Drosophila fruit flies.
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