Dynamic aspects of Chimpanzee diversification across Africa using paleoclimate and genomic data


I’m pleased to announce that I will soon relocate to Leipzig in Germany where I will begin a 2 year postdoc position until September 2020. I’ll be working with in collaboration with iDiv (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research), the Department of Primatology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and the Comparative Genomics Lab at the Institut Biologia Evolutiva, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).

My postdoc work will investigate the historical habitat connectivity and evolution of chimpanzee populations over the last 120,000 years using paleoclimate and genomic data. These data will provide novel information about the environmental and evolutionary processes affecting chimpanzee diversification. In turn this helps us understand their complex genetic and cultural diversity, simultaneously providing essential conservation data for our closest living relative.

This project links with the existing PanAf project run by my new colleagues, but will bring a new paleoclimatic perspective along with contributing some valuable conservation genomic information for the future protection of African biodiversity hotspots. More to follow soon!


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