The EcoEvoInt Group was launched in March 2022 at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen. The group is led by Dr. Laetitia Wilkins who was offered to establish an independent Max Planck Research Group at an institute of her choice. Isidora Morel and Anna Carlotta Kück are both “founding members”. Their contribution and feedback is invaluable.
In the Eco-Evolutionary Interactions Group, we study how the closure of the Isthmus of Panamá affected the evolution of marine microbial symbioses. This natural experiment provides great insight into evolutionary processes of eukaryote and microbial adaptation and speciation. We use molecular genetic tools and combine them with experimental set-ups and biogeochemistry to learn how populations cope with environmental change.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you are interested in our research. We are a small group but we are happy to host visiting students or Master projects. We are currently also looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join our group who is interested in comparative genomics and/or population genomic analyses of lucinid clams that went through an allopatric speciation event and have adapted to diverging environmental conditions.
With the beginning of March 2023, we realized that our first birthday was coming up!! We decided to do something special.
Many aspects of our daily work can be best shared with a quick photo or video. Therefore, we decided to join instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ecoevoint/ Spend a normal working day with us via Instagram.
After an intense first six months with lots of ups and downs, we celebrated our first EEI retreat!
Two of our friends and collaborators stopped by in Bremen this summer!!
Carlotta went to Guadeloupe for some lucinid fieldwork and to learn from Prof. Olivier Gros.