Genetics, Ecology and Evolution

Research and research groups

Our research in evolutionary biology includes phylogenetics and adaptation of organisms to the environment. We aim to understand how genetic and plastic mechanisms shape adaptation to natural and anthropogenic environmental change, how evolutionary processes shape population genomics, and evolutionary interactions between animals, plants and pathogens. We use a wide range of approaches including population genomic and sequencing methodologies, experimental evolution, network analyses, and field experiments.



Ecological networks and island biogeography

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Evolutionary biology of mating systems and cooperation

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Host-parasite interactions

Environmental adaptation

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Integrative biology

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Population genomics

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Temperature adaptation


In addition to funding from the faculty, we have been supported by a large number of grants from SNF, EU, Carlsbergfund, Villumfund, among others.


Genetics, Ecology and Evolution

Aarhus University

Institute of Bioscience

Ny Munkegade 114

8000 Aarhus C


Ph: 8715 0000

Fax: 8715 4326


Maj Thimm Carlsen

Member of Administrative Staff