Madlen Stange

PhD student with Marcelo Sánchez (Uni Zürich), collaborating with Walter Salzburger (Uni Basel)

Current research

My main interest lies in the identification and understanding of the basis of ecological adaptation and variation within and between species. Currently, I'm involved in a couple of projects examining this topic from different angles and in different non-model fish species by using next-generation sequence data and geometric-morphometrics.

My PhD thesis aims to disentangle the morphological and genetic patterns of variation associated with marine-freshwater habitat transition in the evolution of South-American catfishes, and how those patterns are related to diversification. These questions will be approached on the genomic and morphological level using geometric morphometrics and next-generation sequencing techniques

Further, I'm involved in a project concerned with population genomics of parallel adaptation in endemic and endangered Neotropical crater lake cichlid fishes which I undertake in collaboration with Dr. Marta Barluenga from the Dept. Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology at the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Spain Madrid.

Curriculum vitae

1985 Born in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
2013 - present

PhD student at the Paleontological Institute at the University of Zürich in collaboration with the Department of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Basel

2010 - 2013

MSc in Molecular Biology, University of Potsdam, Germany Master thesis in collaboration with the University of Basel, Department of Evolutionary Biology (supervisors: Prof. W. Salzburger, Prof. R. Tiedemann)

2010 - 2012

Evolution across scales Core Group member, an initiative of the Volkswagen foundation

2007 - 2012

Student assistant at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, in the system biological project GoFORSYS, University of Potsdam (Prof. Ralph Tiedemann, supervised by Dr. Sandra Schwarte)

2006 - 2010

BSc in Life Sciences, University of Potsdam, Germany