Telma Laurentino

Current research

Biodiversity was always a source of delight and curiosity for me. Being so, the study of the processes that give rise to such fascinating diversity in the natural world, such as speciation and adaptation, are the focus of my career in evolutionary biology.

I’m interested in how the evolutionary forces, neutral and non-neutral, shape both phenotype and genome in natural populations. I previously worked with two subspecies of Iberian Timon lepidus lizards, using a three way approach that combined genomic, phenotypic and environmental data to understand in which phase of the speciation continuum these stand. Multidisciplinary studies are my favorite, and so I’m very excited with the uprising of EcoEvoDevo...

My PhD focuses on the adaptive genomics of Gasteroteus aculeatus from the Lake Constance basin. I am searching for natural selection signatures that drive adaptation between lake-stream populations and also for associations between genome and phenotype, to further understand the link between ecology and molecular evolution.

Curriculum vitae

2016 -
PhD candidate in Zoology, University of Basel, Switzerland
2012 - 2015 Master in Evolutionary Biology and Development, Thesis titled: “Assessing the speciation continuum in Timon lepidus” at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
2008 - 2012 Bachelor in Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Development at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal