2018-2021: Diversification mechanisms of chimpanzees across Africa

In August 2018 I was awarded a 26 month grant from the DFG via iDiv and Max Planck Institute for my own postdoc project ‘Dynamic aspects of chimpanzee diversification across Africa using paleoclimate and genomic data’. In this project I am testing the hypothesis that historical population connectivity can help to explain the complex genetic and cultural diversity (behaviours) that we see between remaining chimpanzee populations.

For this I am using distribution data from many organisations in 19 African countries to model current and historical population connectivity over the last 120,000 years. This connectivity model will be tested with genomic and behavioural data to quantify the historical aspects of diversification in chimpanzees. A short synopsis can be found here.