My research focuses on understanding the genomic basis and regulatory mechanisms underlying adaption and phenotypic divergence in natural systems. My main research questions aim to better understand:
i) the evolutionary and genomic basis of rapid adaptation
ii) the genetic and functional mechanisms of phenotypic evolution
iii) the role of post-transcriptional processing in adaptive evolution
I mostly address these questions by integrating population genomics with functional genomic approaches, such as RNA-seq, in natural populations, particularly along environmental clines or in cases of parallel evolution.
My research is mostly driven by exciting natural history observations and I aim to generate a better understanding of how the biodiversity around us has evolved and how species adapt to different environments, including those created by humans, e.g. cities.
I am mainly interested in fishes and other aquatic organisms, but I also venture out and collaborate widely to study adaptive processes in birds and other vertebrates.