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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 and field experiments.

Ecology, genomics and adaptation

Photo of spiders in a cobweb
Photo: Trine Bilde

Environmental adaptation

Photo: Jesper Givskov Sørensen


Population genomics

Gadus morhua
Photo: Michael Møller Hansen


Genetic architecture of complex traits

Annotation clustering of proteins differentially expressed at three different temperatures (12°C, 25°C, 31°C).
Photo: Torsten Nygård Kristensen

Integrative biology

Photo: Peter Funch

Temperature adaptation

Photo: Volker Loeschcke

Host-parasite interactions

Photo of plants in green house
Photo: Tove Hedegaard Jørgensen

Environmental DNA

Picture of beach and cliff
Photo: philip Francis Thomsen


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

E-mail: bios@au.dk

Ph: 8715 0000

Fax: 8715 4326


Maj Thimm Carlsen

Member of Administrative Staff