Anna Runemark

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Academic Interests

I am an evolutionary genomicist with a background in evolutionary ecology and island biogeography. I am broadly interested in speciation, and how novel variation is created and maintained. In my current research I address how hybridization can contribute to novel genetic variation through investigating variation and constraints in hybrid genome formation of independent island populations of the homoploid hybrid Italian sparrow Passer italiae.

I am a Wenner-Gren post doctoral fellow.


  1. Svensson EI, Nordén A, Waller JT & Runemark A. 2016. Linking intra‐and interspecific assortative mating: Consequences for asymmetric sexual isolation. Evolution 70: 1165–1179. DOI: 10.1111/evo.12939
  2. Eroukhmanoff F, Rowe M, Cramer ERA, Haas F, Hermansen JS, Runemark A, Johnsen A. & Sætre G-P. 2015. Experimental evidence for ovarian hypofunction in sparrow hybrids. Avian Research 7:3. DOI: 10.1186/s40657-016-0038-1
  3. Runemark A, Sagonas K & Svensson EI. 2015. Ecological explanations to island gigantism: dietary niche divergence, predation, and size in an endemic lizard. Ecology 96:2077–2092. doi: 10.1890/14-1996.1
  4. Runemark A, Brydegaard M & Svensson EI. 2014. Predation release facilitates island gigantism in lizards and increases population divergence in phenotypic traits. J. Evol. Biol. 27: 1676–1690. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12421
  5. Svensson E.I., Runemark A, Verzijden MN, Wellenreuther M. 2014. Sex differences in developmental plasticity and canalization shape population divergence in mate preferences. Proc. Roy Soc. Lond. B. 281: DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1636
  6. Runemark A, Hansson B, Ljungqvist M, Brydegaard M & Svensson EI. 2013. Has the inbreeding load for a condition-dependent sexual signaling trait been purged in insular lizard populations? Mol. Ecol.22: 1310-1321. doi: 10.1111/mec.12178
  7. Runemark A, Hey J, Hansson B & Svensson EI. 2012. Vicariance divergence and gene flow among islet populations of an endemic lizard. Mol. Ecol. 21: 117-129. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05377.x.
  8. Runemark A & Svensson EI. 2012. Sexual selection as a promoter of population divergence in male phenotypic characters? Evidence from a mainland-islet system. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 106: 374-389. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2012.01866.x
  9. Runemark A,Wellereuther M, Jayaweera H, Svanberg S & Brydegaard M. 2012. Rare Events in Remote Dark Field Spectroscopy: An Ecological Case study of Insects. Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 18: 1573-1582. DOI: 10.1109/JSTQE.2012.2184528
  10. Brydegaard M, Runemark A & Bro R. 2012. Chemometric Approach to Chromatic Spatial Variance. Case study: Patchiness of the Skyros Wall Lizard. J. Chemometr.26: 246-255. DOI: 10.1002/cem.2444
  11. Runemark A, Gabirot M & Svensson EI. 2011. Population divergence in chemical signals might cause premating isolation between islet- and mainland populations of the Skyros wall lizard, Podarcis gaigeae. J. Evol. Biol. 24: 795-809. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.02214.x
  12. Pafilis P, Fofopoulos J, Sagonas K, Runemark A, Svensson EI and Valakos ED. 2011. Reproductive biology of insular reptiles: marine subsidies modulate expression of the “island syndrome”. Copeia 4:545-552. doi:
  13. Lundin P, Samuelsson P, Svanberg S, Runemark A, Åkesson S & Brydegaard M. 2011. Remote nocturnal bird classification by spectroscopy in extended wavelength ranges. Applied Optics 50: 3396-3411. doi: 10.1364/AO.50.003396
  14. Lundin P, Brydegaard M, Cocola L, Runemark A, Åkesson S, Svanberg, S. 2011. Passive unmanned sky spectroscopy for remote bird classification. Proc. SPIE 8174, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIII, 81740J doi:10.1117/12.89846
  15. Runemark A, Hansson B, Pafilis P, Valakos ED & Svensson EI. 2010. Island biology and morphological divergence of the Skyros wall lizard Podarcis gaigeae: a combined role for local selection and genetic drift on color morph frequency divergence? BMC Evol. Biol. 10:269. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-10-269
  16. Svensson EI, Eroukhmanoff  F, Karlsson K, Runemark A & Brodin A. 2010. A role for learned species recognition in population divergence of mate preferences. Evolution 64: 3101–3113. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2010.01085.x
  17. Brydegaard M, Lundin P, Guan Z, Runemark A, Åkesson S & Svanberg S. 2010. Feasibility Study: Fluorescence LIDAR for Remote Bird Classification. Applied Optics 49: 4531-4544. doi: 10.1364/AO.49.004531
  18. Guan Z, Brydegaard M, Lundin P, Wellenreuther M, Runemark A, Svensson EI & Svanberg S. 2010. Insect Monitoring with Fluorescence LIDAR Techniques: Field Experiments. Applied Optics 49: 5133-5142. doi: 10.1364/AO.49.005133
  19. Wellenreuther M, Runemark A, Svensson EI & Hansson B. 2009. Ten variable polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Skyros Wall Lizard Podarcis gaigeae (Squamata: Lacertidae). Mol. Ecol. Resour. 9:1005-1008. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02550.x
  20. Runemark, A., Gabirot, M., Bensch, S., Svensson, E.I., Martín, J., Pafilis, P., Valakos, E.D. & Hansson, B. Cross-species testing of 27 pre-existing microsatellites in Podarcis gaigeae and P. hispanica (Squamata: Lacertidae) Mol. Ecol. Recourses 8(6):1367-1370. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2008.02299.x.


Tags: Island biogeography, Evolutionary genomics
Published Oct. 3, 2013 12:38 PM - Last modified Sep. 21, 2016 11:21 PM

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