Population genomics and evolution

In the Webster lab we use population genomics to understand evolutionary processes, with a focus on bees as a study organism. 

A major interest is in analyzing the factors the generate genetic variation: germline mutation and recombination events. We aim to understand how natural selection modulates the rates at which mutation and recombination occurs and the effect of genetics and environment in controlling these rates.

In addition to germline events, we are also interested in measuring mutation rates in somatic cells in order to understand the role they play in ageing.

Another focus is on uncovering the genetic basis of local adaptation to abiotic factors such as climate. We aim to understand how species become adapted to their local environment. One goal of this research is to understand the evolutionary forces at play when new species form. We are also interesting in using knowledge about the genetic basis of adaptation to predict how species will be affected by climate change. 

One application of our research is in nature conservation. We are particularly interested in how population genomics be used to conserve species and avert insect declines.

These are some of the agencies that fund our research:

Vetetskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council)

Formas (Swedish government research council for sustainable development)

Naturvårdsverket (Swedish Environmental Protection Agency)