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.
Carlotta went to Guadeloupe for some lucinid fieldwork and to learn from Prof. Olivier Gros.
Isidora won a prize at the MarMic retreat for her poster outlining the research for her Ph.D. thesis: “Friends with benefits: How are bacterial partners involved in lucinid adaptation to environmental change”
Anna Carlotta Kück has joined us to study nitrogen fixation in lucinid clam symbionts from different habitats in Central America.
Our first Ph.D. student has joined the group. This is a dream-come-true! I am so happy.