Aglaia Szukala, MSc

PhD student

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Biographical Information

Since October 2016: PhD Student (University of Vienna and Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics, both Austria)

Working title: "Convergent and adaptive evolution during ecotype formation in H. pusillum (Caryophyllaceae)"

Supervisors: Ovidiu Paun, Magnus Nordborg, Joachim Hermisson

2013-2016: M.Sc. in Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

2011-2013: M.A. in Violin (Istituto di Studi Musicali Franco Vittadini di Pavia, Italy)

2010-2011: Erasmus Exchange (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany)

2009-2012: B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Technologies (Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy)

Evolutionary biology and ecology stimulated my interest the most during my undergraduate studies. For my master thesis in the field of plant phylogenetics, I worked on montane and alpine plants of the genus Jurinea (Compositae) in the Caucasus and I was fascinated by the population ecology of endemics in this region.

My PhD project focuses on understanding the processes leading to speciation, as exemplified by the reiterate occurrence of ecotypes within the plant species Heliosperma pusillum. The analysis of whole transcriptomes and genomes of individuals from natural populations, common garden and transplantations will allow us to clarify the processes driving convergent ecotype formation in this species.