A central question in evolutionary biology is whether morphological and genetic differentiation of species takes places gradually over time or suddenly when new species appear -a hypothesis which became known as "punctuated equilibrium".

We use computation-intensive analyses of molecular phylogenetic data to estimate rates of evolution: how often do new species appear and go extinct, how quick is evolution of different phenotypes, gene (co-)expression, gene family size, etc.

In addition we try to falsify hypotheses that could explain why evolution appears often much slower than commonly assumed.

Senior researcher
Folmer Bokma

Page Editor: Elisabet Carlborg

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Evolutionary biology