What I am interested in
I aim to understand how ecological and evolutionary processes combine to shape the diversity of species, with a particular emphasis on plants and animals living on remote islands and hyperdiverse regions. Questions I seek to answer through my research are for example: Why do some geographical regions accumulate more species than others? Why do some lineages of organisms contain more species than others ? How do new species form?
I combine field research, mostly in the Indian Ocean islands and also New Guinea across a range of different organisms, with molecular systematics and population genetics.
- community assembly in islands
- evolutionary dynamics underlying species diversification
- speciation in island plants and birds
- hybrid zones
- island biogeography