Christina Hedderich, MSc

PhD student

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Biographical information

since August 2019: PhD. student, University of Vienna and Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics, Austria.

Working title: The sources of variation fueling adaptive radiation after long-distance dispersal to a biodiversity hotspot.
Supervisors: Ovidiu Paun, Joachim Hermisson, Magnus Nordborg

2017-2019: MSc. in Plant Sciences, University of Technology Graz, Austria.

Thesis: Erigeron glabratus subsp. candidus (Asteraceae): an overestimated taxon or and endemic subspecies of the Koralpe?

2018: Internship, Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology Potsdam, Germany.

2012-2015: BSc. in Life Sciences , University of Postdam, Germany.

Thesis: Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the palaeotropical orchid genus Oberonia.

In 2012, I started studying Life Sciences at the University of Potsdam with the specialisation in organismic biology, including evolutionary biology. During my undergraduate studies, I developed a strong enthusiasm for evolutionary botany. I followed my interest by starting my MSc studies in Plant Sciences at the University of Technology in Graz. For my master's thesis I collaborated with the University of Vienna. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Gerald Schneeweiss, I investigated the origin of the endemic subspecies Erigeron glabratus subsp. candidus by analysing the genomic population structure of E. glabratus in the Eastern Alps with RADseq data.

As a member of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics and during my PhD at the University of Vienna, I will focus on understanding the drivers of the adaptive radiation of persimmons on New Caledonia, a biodiversity hotspot. The aim of the project is to use genomic data to disentangle potential sources of adaptive variation after long-distance dispersal, and to test the hypothesis that adaptive genome evolution can be a by-product of structural variation.