My primary interest lies in understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that govern population structuring and speciation. More specifically, my research spanned systematics, phylogeography, spatial genetics and conservation genetics, applied to insects, and especially to Lepidoptera. My PhD focused on unravelling the conservation status of a protected species of Lepidoptera, using from morphological techniques to molecular and bioinformatics tools. However, nowadays genomics became an exciting tool for characterizing evolutionary potential in the context of conservation management. During my 6-month stay at the CEES I will learn the basics to analyse the vast amount of data produced by NGS technologies. I am being involved in a metagenomics project aiming to characterise the microbial profile of ancient DNA samples of Atlantic cod.