Daniel Berner

Group Leader, Zoological Institute, University of Basel.

Current research

I am fascinated by the mechanisms underlying biological diversification (adaptation, speciation). To shed light on these mechanisms, my research combines information on how selectively different environments favor phenotypic divergence with knowledge about the genomic underpinnings of this divergence. I am aiming for an integration of diverse analytical approaches, including manipulative field and laboratory experiments, phenotypic investigations, marker-based mapping using high-throughput sequence data, and computer simulations. My empirical research uses primarily threespine stickleback fish inhabiting ecologically contrasting habitats.

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Team

  • Mirjam Bissegger, MSc: Sexual selection in stickleback
  • Telma Laurentino, PhD: Adaptation genomics in stickleback
  • Quiterie Haenel, PhD: Adaptation genomics in stickleback

 

Former members

  • Matthias Ammann, MSc: Adaptation and selection coefficients; sexual reproductive isolation in stickleback
  • Dario Moser, PhD: Phenotypic plasticity and components of reproductive isolation in lake-stream stickleback
  • Anja Frey, MSc: Development of an amplicon sequencing approach enabling targeted genomic analysis
  • Marius Roesti, PhD: Population genomics of adaptive divergence in stickleback
  • Benjamin Kueng, MSc: The genomics of lake-stream stickleback divergence in the Lake Constance basin

 

 

 

Curriculum vitae

Present

Group leader, University of Basel, Switzerland

2008 - 2012

Postdoctoral fellow with Walter Salzburger, University of Basel, Switzerland

2006 - 2008

Postdoctoral fellow with Andrew Hendry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2001 - 2005

PhD in Ecology with Christian Körner and Wolf Blanckenhorn, University of Basel, Switzerland (grade: magna cum laude)

1995 - 2000

Studies in Geography, University of Zürich, Switzerland

Research grants

2016Swiss National Science Foundation, Project funding (grant 31003A_165826)
2014

Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel (support of a population genomics project with Andrew MacColl)

2014

Swiss National Science Foundation, International Short Visit for a population genomics project with Katie Peichel (grant IZK0Z3_154188)

2013 - 2016

Swiss National Science Foundation, Project funding (grant 31003A_146208)

2011

Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel (support of a population genomics project)

2009 - 2012

Swiss National Science Foundation, Ambizione fellowship (grant PZ00P3_126391/1)

2008 - 2009

Research Fund, University of Basel

2007 - 2008

Roche Research Foundation

2007 - 2008

Stiefel-Zangger Foundation, University of Zürich

2006 - 2007

Swiss National Science Foundation, prospective researcher fellowship (grant PBBSA-111216)

2006 - 2007

Janggen-Pöhn Foundation