Range expansions into a heterogeneous world

How demographic noise and environmental heterogeneity shape genetic diversity

  • Thu 28 Jan 21

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Dr Wolfram Möbius

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Life Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Dr Vladimir Teif

In nature, populations expand into new habitat at different spatial and temporal scales.

The expansion process can thereby affect the evolutionary path of the growing population, a topic that gathered much interest recently. The effect of environmental heterogeneity on the evolutionary dynamics of such range expansions remains poorly understood so far - not least due to the large variety of environmental heterogeneity found in nature.

We study the effect of environmental heterogeneity or landscape structure using a combination of theory, simulations, and experiment using microbial model systems.

This talk will illustrate how evolutionary consequences of environmental heterogeneity can be predicted with principles borrowed from physics and illustrate the use of microbial model systems in this field.


Dr Wolfram Möbius studied his PhD at LMU Munish with Professor Ulrich Gerland. After postdoctoral positions at Harvard, Berkeley and TU Eindhoven, he joined the University of Exeter in 2017.

How to attend

Please register for this talk on Zoom. If you have any queries email Dr Vladimir Teif (vteif@essex.ac.uk).

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