How species originate and what has driven the evolution of millions of organisms on our planet remain some of the hotly debated questions in science. With recent technological developments in genomics, it is now possible to disentangle the genetic architecture of speciation, the evolution of adaptive traits , and how different organisms are related. The Evolutionary Biology Research Theme combines these genomic approaches with cutting- edge ecology, environmental science and paleobiology to address the following challenges: (a) how organisms have evolved to become adapted to their biotic and physical environments, including reconstructing and visualising the tree of life; (b) global patterns of biodiversity, including modelling and predictions under global change scenarios; (c) microbial evolution , including pathogen resistance, fungal diversity , viral evolution and bacterial communities.

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