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Maja Tarka

Researcher | PhD

I am an evolutionary ecologist studying the genetic architecture and evolutionary dynamics of wild animal populations. My main questions are how natural and sexual selection shapes phenotypes in wild populations, why some populations are more evolvable than others, how the genetic architecture of traits constrain or facilitate evolution and how adaptation translates into speciation. I address these questions using quantitative and molecular genetics and genomics.

I did my PhD at Lund University working on microevolution, sexual conflicts and evolutionary constraints in a long term study of great reed warblers. After that I did a postdoc at CIBIO in Portugal, investigating the genomics of speciation in a recent radiation of endemic finches on remote islands. Thereafter, I spent three more postdoc years in Trondheim at NTNU, where I focused on evolvability of sexual dimorphism (using meta-analytical approaches) and worked on how sex affects pace-of-life syndromes. Being back in Lund, I will continue my work on selection and microevolution in the great reed warblers. This time I am focusing on immunology and trade-offs with reproduction and survival.

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E-mail: maja [dot] tarka [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

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