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Sean Stankowski
Group leader
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Sean is broadly interested in speciation. His work mainly focuses on understanding the genomic changes that underpin adaptation, speciation, and novelty. He is is also interested in core concepts within speciation research and the role that they play in shaping our field. Sean is a co-founder and  committee chair of the ESEB special topic network 'Integrating Speciation Research', and a member of the steering committee for the Centre of Marine Evolutionary Biology (CEMEB).

Arka Pal
PhD Student
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Arka's research combines novel sequencing and analytical methods toward a deep understanding of the genomic basis of adaptation and speciation. He is especially interested understanding how the complete genealogy of a sample - the Ancestral Recombination Graph - can help us understand when and how alleles underlying adaptation and speciation arose. Arka is co-supervised by Nick Barton and is based at ISTA, in Austria.  


Gabriella's work relates to molecular processes underlying the evolution of Littorina species. The aim is to examine trait evolution across several species and ecotypes in Littorina species using genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic approaches. Some interesting traits include shell phenotypes, relationship between chromosomal inversions, gene expression, phenotype, and embryo development.

Gabriella is co-supervised by Erica Leder and is based at the  Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, University of Gothenburg.


Roger Butlin's Group. University of Sheffield, UK.

Kerstin Johannesson's Group. University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Nick Barton's Group. Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria. 

Frank Chan's Group. University of Groningen, The Netherlands. 

Anja Westram's Group. Nord University, Norway.

David Field's Group. Macquarie University, Australia.

Mark Ravinet's Group. University of Oslo, Norway.

Daria Shipilina. Uppsala University, Sweden. 

Alan Le Moan. Station Biologique de Roscoff, France. 


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