What we do

Our overarching goal is to quantify the relative roles of ecological and evolutionary forces for the buildup and maintenance of diversity. Specifically, we study the influence of fitness differences and fitness interactions (epistasis), mutation, and gene flow on adaptation, speciation, and the composition and stability of ecological communities.

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Main publications 2020

Blanckaert A et al.
The limits to parapatric speciation III: Fast reproductive isolation in the presence of gene flow despite limited ecological differentiation.
Phil Trans B, 10.1098/rstb.2019.0532

Flynn J M et al.
Comprehensive fitness maps of Hsp90 show widespread environmental dependence.
eLife, 10.7554/eLife.53810

Ramiro R S et al.
Low mutational load allows for high mutation rate variation in gut commensal bacteria.
Plos Biology, 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000617


University bern

Claudia Bank
Theoretical Ecology and Evolution
University of Bern

Domain(s) of activity:

  • Evolution and phylogeny
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Population genetics

Domain(s) of application:

  • Basic research