I graduated in Integrative Biology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 2002 and subsequently moved to Sweden where I went on to do a PhD at the Department of Animal Ecology, Lund University, between 2003 and 2007. After my PhD defense, I have been involved in several research projects in Sweden and Australia (supported by a post-doctoral fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation and a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (FP7)). My current main collaborators are Prof. Mats Olsson/University of Gothenburg (previously University of Sydney) and Prof. Dennis Hasselquist/Lund University.
My research interests lie within the framework of evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology, with special focus on ecophysiology and immunoecology. I use experimental approaches to investigate evolutionary mechanisms underlying phenotypic variation. A central aspect of my most recent projects is the role of ‘reactive species’ (highly reactive chemical molecules which cause oxidative stress and are associated with ageing processes and immune disorders) as constraints in the evolution of life histories. Past work as well as current side projects concern variation in (maternally derived) steroid hormones and their effect on the offspring phenotype. For my work, I use lizards and birds as a study species.
Retrieved from Lund University's publications database
- A significant component of ageing (DNA damage) is reflected in fading breeding colors: an experimental test using innate antioxidant mimetics in painted dragon lizards
- Digit ratio, polychromatism and associations with endurance and antipredator behaviour in male painted dragon lizards
- Net superoxide levels: steeper increase with activity in cooler female and hotter male lizards
- Polymorphic male color morphs visualized with steroids in monomorphic females: a tool for designing analysis of sex-limited trait inheritance
- Predictors of telomere content in dragon lizards
- Sex-specific SOD levels and DNA damage in painted dragon lizards (Ctenophorus pictus)
- Costly steroids: egg testosterone modulates nestling metabolic rate in the zebra finch
- Maternal androgens in the pied flycatcher; timing of breeding and within-female consistency
- Maternal programming: costs, benefits and constraints of maternal hormone transfer
- Yolk testosterone modulates persistence of neophobic responses in adult zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata