My research focus around questions regarding Arctic and alpine plant evolutionary biology. In particular I am interested in understanding the underlying processes and genetic mechanisms involved in the accumulation of reproductive isolation. I have particular knowledge about evolutionary processes in plants, genetic linkage mapping, extensive field work and laboratory experience as well as work involving experimental plant cultures.
I am intrigued by the fact that despite it being such a fundamental question in biology, we know surprisingly little about the evolutionary forces responsible for the evolution of reproductive barriers and subsequently how new species originate. We also know little about how much time it takes for new, reproductively isolated species to form, and what factors influence speciation rates.
My research evolve around two fundamental questions:
1) Why and how fast does reproductive barriers evolve - what factors influence the rate of speciation?
2) What genetic architecture fosters the evolution of reproductive isolation?
* PhD in Evolutionary Biology, University of Oslo, Norway (2008-2013)
* MSc in Evolutionary Biology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
* BSc in Botany, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Link to PhD thesis