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House sparrows are closely associated with humans and are found across the world. However, the origins of this association are poorly understood. By investigating the DNA of sparrows from Europe and the Middle East, biologists are learning more about how this species has become so familiar to us.
The Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) combines a broad spectrum of disciplines (such as population biology, statistical and mathematical modelling, and genomics) to foster the concept of ecology as a driving force of evolution via selective processes, with a corresponding influence of evolutionary changes on ecology.
This projects uses new methods to shed light upon distribution of related organisms, their evolutionary development and systematic relationship to other organisms.
A major goal in this projects is to compare the evolutionary processes that lead to multicellularity in animals and plants.
Increasing attention is being given to non-protein coding RNAs as regulators of gene expression, often referred to as the hidden layer of gene regulation. But so far very little is known about the presence and function of such regulatory RNA genes outside model organisms. In this project we want to understand the roles of these genes in the evolution of eukaryote form and complexity.
The transition from unicellular eukaryotes to multicellular animals is arguably among the most profound evolutionary transitions in the history of life. The overall aim of this project is to understand which genetic and developmental mechanisms that made this transition possible.
A Norwegian-Russian-Chinese research and training network on the study of plague
Barbara Fischer and Philipp Mitteroecker in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)
Günter P. Wagner in Evolution