We are interested in the evolutionary processes shaping diversity in natural plant populations. The main focus of our group is to reveal triggers and evolutionary consequences of whole genome duplication, and parallel environmental shifts across multiple populations. To do so, we combine a wide range of genetic (genome resequencing, RNAseq, flow cytometry) and ecological (field surveys, chamber and transplant experiments) approaches. We build our hypotheses using comprehensive knowledge of range-wide natural variation of our study systems, primarily wild members of the leading plant model genus Arabidopsis. This enables us to leverage the extensive knowledge on A. thaliana to understand the links between the variation observed in the field and the genomic, functional and eco-physiological background of our study species.
New, motivated students are always welcome! In case you’d like to join us, just e-mail Filip (filip.kolar_at_gmail.com)