10 February 2023
Workshop paper out
Our paper about the history and the organization of the Workshop on Population and Speciation Genomics in Çeský Krumlov is now out in BMC Evolution: Education and Outreach.
9 October 2022
New paper in Polar Biology
A paper on the mitochondrial genome of Channichthys rugosus has finally seen the light of day. This genome was extracted from a museum specimen that was fixed in formaldehyde in 1974, in a team effort led by Moritz Muschick of the University of Bern and Michael. The methodology established in this paper will be used heavily in Michael's upcoming ICEFISH project.
1 September 2022
Michael has been awarded funding by the Research Council of Norway for a project on phylogenomics and population genomics of notothenioid fishes. This will mean a PhD position in 2023, a postdoc position in 2024, and lots of icefish genomes!
18 June 2022
The 2022 Workshop on Population and Speciation Genomics in Çeský Krumlov has come to an end. The workshop had 60 participants who had arrived from all over the world, and was taught by 19 faculty members. Being in Çeský Krumlov for the first time in summer was a very pleasant experience! And we posted a preprint about the workshop just in time on bioRxiv.
17 February 2022
Paper out in Nature Ecology & Evolution
A paper on supergenes in Atlantic cod, resulting from Michael's postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, has finally seen the light of day. It was published in Nature Ecology & Evolution today, together with a News & Views article by Anna Tigano. Michael also wrote a behind-the-paper blog post for the Nature Ecology & Evolution community, and a digest written by Eivind Torgersen has been posted to titan.uio.no.
11 February 2022
Michael and the team behind the Workshop on Population and Speciation Genomics announced the 2022 version of the workshop. For the first time ever, this workshop will take place in summer, between 5 and 17 June. The location will be, as always, the fabulous UNESCO world heritage town of Çeský Krumlov in the Czech Republic.
1 December 2021
The annual ForBio meeting in Oslo
Thore and Micha participated at the annual meeting of the ForBio Research School, which took place in Oslo. It was great to meet with fellow researchers in person and on Zoom, and highly successful for Thore: He received not one but two awards for his contributions, one for the best talk, and one for the best questions.
9 September 2021
Three new publications in September
On 1 September, a study led by Athimed El Taher and Astrid Böhne came out in Science Advances, with a minor contribution from Michael. We demonstrate in this study that the cichlid fishes of Lake Tanganyika have an extremely high turnover of sex determination systems. On the same day, the preprint presenting version 1.0 of the simulation tool msprime appeared on bioRxiv. Michael played a small role in the development of this tool by contributing code for species tree parsing. Finally, a commentary by Michael on a genomic study of the history of rhinoceroses came out in Cell today.
13 August 2021
New study out
Our study on sea turtle genomics, led by Sibelle Torres Vilaça of the University of Ferrara, has now been published in Molecular Ecology. In that study, we reconstructed the species tree of five out of the seven living sea turtle species and recovered signatures of past hybridization from their genomes.
7 April 2021
New study out
A study on genomic changes in Atlantic cod over the last century, which was led by Malin Pinsky and Bastiaan Star and to which Michael contributed, is now out in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
1 March 2021
New study out
Michael's new study on the evolution of supergenes in Atlantic cod is now out on bioRxiv.
12 February 2021
Difficult start during the pandemic
Michael moved to Norway on 25 January, just days before Norway closed the border to all non-registered foreigners to curb the numbers of COVID-19 cases. After ten days in quarantine, Michael was able to start at the museum; however, with a nation-wide recommendation of home office, interactions at the museum remain at a minimum