Evolutionary biology and zoology

 

 

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I am a biologist interested in the evolution of animal biodiversity.​ I use genetic tools to explore patterns of diversity and to infer the processes that have created these patterns. My research involves population genetic and phylogenetic methods to uncover evolutionary divergences and understand their causes. I use this data to understand the evolution of morphological and life history traits and the geographic distribution of animals.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in Guojie Zhang's lab at the University of Copenhagen, where our team is aiming to reconstruct the phylogeny of birds using >300 whole genomes.

 

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Postdoctoral researcher

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Department of Biology

Ecology and Evolution

Universitetsparken 15, 2100 København Ø

josefin.stiller@bio.ku.dk

PhD in Marine Biology

Scripps Institution of Oceanography,

University of California San Diego, USA. 2017

MSc in Organismic Biology & Evolution

Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. 2012

BSc in Biology

Free University Berlin, Germany. 2009

 

Research

See some examples of research I am involved in below by hovering over the images.

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In the media & seadragon art

This gallery shows a selection of media coverage of seadragons (mostly of the Ruby seadragon) and, more recently, of work I have contributed to on bird genomics. 
You can also find links to some of my favorite art pieces involving seadragons by skilled artists.
Click the panels to visit the websites.
New York Times

New York Times

A wonderful article by Carl Zimmer on a paper by Gelabert et al. in Current Biology on the genome sequence of an extinct parrot, the Carolina parakeet.

New York Times

New York Times

Article by Nicholas St. Fleur

ScienceFriday

ScienceFriday

Wonderful article by Alisa Opar

Gorgeous scientific illustration

Gorgeous scientific illustration

Natalie Renier's science illustrations are not only beautiful but informative and engaging. Check out her work, you will be amazed.

Washington Post

Washington Post

Article by Nick Kirkpatrick

Ruby on Sherman's Lagoon

Ruby on Sherman's Lagoon

Wonderful marine-themed comic strip by Jim Toomey, which featured the mighty Ruby Seadragon as a neighbor to Sherman and Hawthorne.

WIRED

WIRED

Article by Matt Burgess

Top10 New Species 2016

Top10 New Species 2016

Beautiful artwork by Alina Loth

Beautiful artwork by Alina Loth

From the fantastic the Oceans & the Seas blog

SpiegelOnline

SpiegelOnline

National Geographic

National Geographic

Article by Michael Greshko

Biosphere Magazine

Biosphere Magazine

Squidtoons

Squidtoons

Seadragons and Game of Thrones?! Check our their site, Squidtoons are THE BEST!

Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor

Wonderful article by Eva Botkin-Kowacki

tagesschau

tagesschau

Ruby on the national German news service tagesschau

Top10 science stories

Top10 science stories

Ruby made it in this list of the most exciting scientific stories of 2017!

University of Copenhagen

Department of Biology

Ecology and Evolution

Universitetsparken 15

2100 København Ø

 

josefin.stiller@bio.ku.dk

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© 2017 by Josefin Stiller. 

Leafy seadragon population genetics

In this study we investigated population structuring and genetic diversity in the leafy seadragon. We found low genetic diversity, particularly in the western part of the range. Our current work is following up on these results with extended sampling in Western Australia and genome-wide genetic markers. Stiller, Wilson, Donnellan & Rouse (2017). The leafy seadragon, a flagship species with low but structured genetic variability. Journal of Heredity 108:152-162 (2017).

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