Michael Matschiner

Bilde av Michael Matschiner
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Besøksadresse Sars gate 1 0562 Oslo
Postadresse Postboks 1172, Blindern 0318 Oslo

Faglige interesser

I am fascinated by biodiversity, and use my research to learn more about its origin and evolution. Much of my work therefore investigates speciation and the mechanisms driving it, particularly in rapidly diversifying groups of vertebrates. As hybridization has been identified as a mechanism with potentially large impact on speciation, my current research focuses on the occurrence of hybridization among vertebrate species and its link to speciation. I use genomics and bioinformatics to perform my studies.


While I currently do not teach BSc.- or MSc.-level courses at the University of Oslo, I teach the ForBio Phylogenomics course together with Torsten Struck.

I'm also co-directing and teaching in the biennial Workshop on Population and Speciation Genomics of the international Evomics workshop series.


Since 2021 Associate Professor in Vertebrate Zoology
  Curator of the NHM fish collection
2018-2020 Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich, Switzerland


Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Basel, Switzerland
2013-2017 Researcher at the University of Oslo


Postdoctoral fellow at the Allan-Wilson-Centre, New Zealand


PhD in Evolutionary Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland
2002-2008 MSc in Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany



  • Baumdicker, Franz; Bisschop, Gertjan; Goldstein, Daniel; Gower, Graham; Ragsdale, Aaron P. & Tsambos, Georgia [Vis alle 32 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2022). Efficient ancestry and mutation simulation with msprime 1.0. Genetics. ISSN 0016-6731. 220(3). doi: 10.1093/genetics/iyab229.
  • Matschiner, Michael; Barth, Julia Maria Isis; Tørresen, Ole K.; Star, Bastiaan; Baalsrud, Helle Tessand & Brieuc, Marine Servane Ono [Vis alle 10 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2022). Supergene origin and maintenance in Atlantic cod. Nature Ecology and Evolution. ISSN 2397-334X. 6(4), s. 469–481. doi: 10.1038/s41559-022-01661-x.
  • Pinsky, Malin L.; Eikeset, Anne Maria; Helmerson, Cecilia Jenny Margareta Thomas; Bradbury, Ian R.; Bentzen, Paul & Morris, Corey [Vis alle 17 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2021). Genomic stability through time despite decades of exploitation in cod on both sides of the Atlantic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. ISSN 0027-8424. 118(15). doi: 10.1073/pnas.2025453118. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Vilaça, Sibelle; Piccinno, Riccardo; Rota-Stabelli, Omar; Gabrielli, Maëva; Benazzo, Andrea & Matschiner, Michael [Vis alle 10 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2021). Divergence and hybridization in sea turtles: Inferences from genome data show evidence of ancient gene flow between species. Molecular Ecology. ISSN 0962-1083. doi: 10.1111/mec.16113. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • El Taher, Athimed; Ronco, Fabrizia; Matschiner, Michael; Salzburger, Walter & Böhne, Astrid (2021). Dynamics of sex chromosome evolution in a rapid radiation of cichlid fishes. Science Advances. ISSN 2375-2548. 7, s. 1–16. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abe8215. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Ronco, Fabrizia; Matschiner, Michael; Böhne, Astrid; Boila, Anna; Büscher, Heinz H & El Taher, Athimed [Vis alle 12 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2020). Drivers and dynamics of a massive adaptive radiation in cichlid fishes. Nature. ISSN 0028-0836. 589, s. 76–81. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2930-4.
  • Matschiner, Michael; Böhne, Astrid; Ronco, Fabrizia & Salzburger, Walter (2020). The genomic timeline of cichlid fish diversification across continents. Nature Communications. ISSN 2041-1723. 11(1). doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-17827-9. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Malinsky, M; Matschiner, Michael & Svardal, Hannes (2020). Dsuite - fast D-statistics and related admixture evidence from VCF files. Molecular Ecology Resources. ISSN 1755-098X. 21(2), s. 584–595. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.13265.
  • Roth, Olivia; Solbakken, Monica Hongrø; Tørresen, Ole K.; Bayer, Till; Matschiner, Michael & Baalsrud, Helle Tessand [Vis alle 12 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2020). Evolution of male pregnancy associated with remodeling of canonical vertebrate immunity in seahorses and pipefishes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. ISSN 0027-8424. 117(17), s. 9431–9439. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1916251117.
  • Barth, Julia Maria Isis; Gubili, Chrysoula; Matschiner, Michael; Tørresen, Ole K.; Watanabe, Shun & Egger, Bernd [Vis alle 11 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2020). Stable species boundaries despite ten million years of hybridization in tropical eels. Nature Communications. ISSN 2041-1723. 11. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-15099-x. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Varadharajan, Srinidhi; Rastas, Pasi; Löytynoja, Ari; Matschiner, Michael; Calboli, Federico C. F. & Guo, Baocheng [Vis alle 9 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2019). A High-Quality Assembly of the Nine-Spined Stickleback (Pungitius pungitius) Genome . Genome Biology and Evolution (GBE). ISSN 1759-6653. 11(11), s. 3291–3308. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evz240. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Fang, Bohao; Merilä, Juha; Matschiner, Michael & Momigliano, Paolo (2019). Estimating uncertainty in divergence times among three-spined stickleback clades using the multispecies coalescent. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. ISSN 1055-7903. 142, s. 1–5. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2019.106646. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Matschiner, Michael (2019). Selective Sampling of Species and Fossils Influences Age Estimates Under the Fossilized Birth-Death Model. Frontiers in Genetics. ISSN 1664-8021. 10. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2019.01064. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Bouckaert, Remco; Vaughan, Timothy G; Barrido-Sottani, Joëlle; Duchêne, Sebastián; Fourment, Mathieu & Gavryushkina, Alexandra [Vis alle 25 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2019). BEAST 2.5: An advanced software platform for Bayesian evolutionary analysis. PLoS Computational Biology. ISSN 1553-734X. 15(4). doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006650.
  • Matschiner, Michael (2019). Gondwanan vicariance or trans-Atlantic dispersal of cichlid fishes: a review of the molecular evidence. Hydrobiologia. ISSN 0018-8158. 832(1), s. 9–37. doi: 10.1007/s10750-018-3686-9.
  • Musilova, Zuzana; Cortesi, Fabio; Matschiner, Michael; Davies, Wayne I. L.; Patel, Jagdish Suresh & Stieb, Sara M. [Vis alle 18 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2019). Vision using multiple distinct rod opsins in deep-sea fishes. Science. ISSN 0036-8075. 364(6440), s. 588–592. doi: 10.1126/science.aav4632.
  • Ceballos, Santiago; Roesti, Marius; Matschiner, Michael; Fernandez, Daniel A; Damerau, Malte & Hanel, Reinhold [Vis alle 7 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2019). Phylogenomics of an extra-Antarctic notothenioid radiation reveals a previously unrecognized lineage and diffuse species boundaries. BMC Evolutionary Biology. ISSN 1471-2148. 19(1), s. 1–14. doi: 10.1186/s12862-019-1345-z. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Malmstrøm, Martin; Britz, Ralf; Matschiner, Michael; Tørresen, Ole K.; Hadiaty, Renny Kurnia & Yaakob, Norsham [Vis alle 10 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2018). The Most Developmentally Truncated Fishes Show Extensive Hox Gene Loss and Miniaturized Genomes. Genome Biology and Evolution (GBE). ISSN 1759-6653. 10(4), s. 1088–1103. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evy058. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Langangen, Øystein; Färber, Leonie Anette; Stige, Leif Christian; Diekert, Florian Klaus; Barth, Julia Maria Isis & Matschiner, Michael [Vis alle 11 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2018). Ticket to spawn: Combining economic and genetic data to evaluate the effect of climate and demographic structure on spawning distribution in Atlantic cod. Global Change Biology. ISSN 1354-1013. 25(1), s. 134–143. doi: 10.1111/gcb.14474. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Stange, Madlen; Sanchez-Villagra, Marcelo R; Salzburger, Walter & Matschiner, Michael (2018). Bayesian divergence-time estimation with genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphism data of sea catfishes (Ariidae) supports miocene closure of the Panamanian Isthmus. Systematic Biology. ISSN 1063-5157. 67(4), s. 681–699. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syy006.
  • Runemark, Anna; Trier, Cassandra Nicole; Eroukhmanoff, Fabrice; Hermansen, Jo Skeie; Matschiner, Michael & Ravinet, Mark [Vis alle 8 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2018). Variation and constraints in hybrid genome formation. Nature Ecology and Evolution. ISSN 2397-334X. 2(3), s. 549–556. doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0437-7.
  • Toljagic, Olja; Voje, Kjetil L.; Matschiner, Michael; Liow, Lee Hsiang & Hansen, Thomas F (2018). Millions of Years Behind: Slow Adaptation of Ruminants to Grasslands. Systematic Biology. ISSN 1063-5157. 67(1), s. 145–157. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syx059.
  • Baalsrud, Helle Tessand; Voje, Kjetil L.; Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Solbakken, Monica Hongrø; Matschiner, Michael & Malmstrøm, Martin [Vis alle 10 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2017). Evolution of Hemoglobin Genes in Codfishes Influenced by Ocean Depth. Scientific Reports. ISSN 2045-2322. 7, s. 1–10. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-08286-2. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Barth, Julia Maria Isis; Damerau, Malte; Matschiner, Michael; Jentoft, Sissel & Hanel, Reinhold (2017). Genomic Differentiation and Demographic Histories of Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) Populations. Genome Biology and Evolution (GBE). ISSN 1759-6653. 9(4), s. 1084–1098. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evx067. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Malmstrøm, Martin; Matschiner, Michael; Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Jentoft, Sissel (2017). Whole genome sequencing data and de novo draft assemblies for 66 teleost species. Scientific Data. ISSN 2052-4463. 4, s. 1–13. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2016.132. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Matschiner, Michael; Musilová, Zuzana; Barth, Julia Maria Isis; Starostová, Zuzana; Salzburger, Walter & Steel, Mike [Vis alle 7 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2017). Bayesian phylogenetic estimation of clade ages supports trans-Atlantic dispersal of cichlid fishes. Systematic Biology. ISSN 1063-5157. 66(1), s. 3–22. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syw076. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Malmstrøm, Martin; Matschiner, Michael; Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Star, Bastiaan; Snipen, Lars-Gustav & Hansen, Thomas F [Vis alle 13 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2016). Evolution of the immune system influences speciation rates in teleost fishes. Nature Genetics. ISSN 1061-4036. 48(10), s. 1204–1210. doi: 10.1038/ng.3645. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Gante, Hugo F; Matschiner, Michael; Malmstrøm, Martin; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd; Jentoft, Sissel & Salzburger, Walter (2016). Genomics of speciation and introgression in Princess cichlid fishes from Lake Tanganyika. Molecular Ecology. ISSN 0962-1083. 25(24), s. 6143–6161. doi: 10.1111/mec.13767.
  • Meyer, Britta S.; Matschiner, Michael & Salzburger, Walter (2016). Disentangling Incomplete Lineage Sorting and Introgression to Refine Species-Tree Estimates for Lake Tanganyika Cichlid Fishes. Systematic Biology. ISSN 1063-5157. 66(4), s. 531–550. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syw069.
  • Matschiner, Michael (2016). Fitchi: Haplotype genealogy graphs based on the Fitch algorithm. Bioinformatics. ISSN 1367-4803. 32(8), s. 1250–1252. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btv717.
  • Colombo, Marco; Damerau, Malte; Hanel, Reinhold; Salzburger, Walter & Matschiner, Michael (2015). Diversity and disparity through time in the adaptive radiation of Antarctic notothenioid fishes. Evolutionary Biology. ISSN 0071-3260. 28, s. 376–394. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12570.
  • Matschiner, Michael; Colombo, Marco; Damerau, Malte; Ceballos, Santiago; Hanel, Reinhold & Salzburger, Walter (2015). The Adaptive Radiation of Notothenioid Fishes in the Waters of Antarctica. I Riesch, Rüdiger; Tobler, Michael & Plath, Martin (Red.), Extremophile Fishes. Springer. ISSN 978-3-319-13362-1. s. 35–57. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-13362-1_3.
  • Meyer, Britta S.; Matschiner, Michael & Salzburger, Walter (2015). A tribal level phylogeny of Lake Tanganyika cichlid fishes based on a genomic multi-marker approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. ISSN 1055-7903. 83, s. 56–71. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2014.10.009.

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  • Matschiner, Michael (2021). Museum specimens tell the history of rhinoceroses. Cell. ISSN 0092-8674. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.08.026.
  • Matschiner, Michael (2019). Accuracy and precision of phylogenomic divergence-time estimates.
  • Matschiner, Michael & Salzburger, Walter (2019). Evolution: Genomic Signatures of Mimicry and Mimicry of Genomic Signatures. Current Biology. ISSN 0960-9822. 29, s. R363–R365. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.04.015.
  • Reinar, William Brynildsen; Tørresen, Ole K.; Matschiner, Michael; Jentoft, Sissel; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2018). The impact of repetitive DNA on speciation rates in teleost fish.
  • Matschiner, Michael (2017). Phylogenetic dating of cichlid radiations.
  • Barth, Julia Maria Isis; Star, Bastiaan; Matschiner, Michael; André, Carl; Knutsen, Halvor & Bradbury, Ian [Vis alle 13 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2017). Chromosomal rearrangements as barriers to homogenization in highly mobile fish.
  • Barth, Julia Maria Isis; Star, Bastiaan; Matschiner, Michael; André, Carl; Knutsen, Halvor & Bradbury, Ian [Vis alle 13 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2017). Chromosomal rearrangements as barriers to homogenization in highly mobile fish.
  • Matschiner, Michael; Star, Bastiaan; Barth, Julia Maria Isis; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Jentoft, Sissel (2017). Genomic rearrangements a phylogenetic approach.
  • Barth, Julia Maria Isis; Star, Bastiaan; Matschiner, Michael; Berg, Paul Ragnar; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Jentoft, Sissel (2016). Ancient genomic variation separates Atlantic cod ecotypes; implications for management.
  • Matschiner, Michael (2015). Inversions or Introgression: The origin of high-divergence genomic regions in Atlantic cod.
  • Star, Bastiaan; Jentoft, Sissel; Matschiner, Michael; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Kjesbu, Olav Sigurd & Berg, Paul Ragnar [Vis alle 12 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2015). Does historic DNA provide genomic evidence for recent selection in Atlantic cod?
  • Matschiner, Michael; Star, Bastiaan; Berg, Paul Ragnar; Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan & Hansen, Marianne Helén Selander [Vis alle 11 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2014). Population differentiation and local adaptation in Atlantic cod.

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Publisert 31. jan. 2021 13:41 - Sist endret 17. mars 2021 15:03