The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

MEEGene: Museum seminar in Evolutionary and Environmental Genomics

This seminar series brings together experts in the fields of comparative genomics, evolutionary biology and environmental genomics to  LIB. Talks include presentations on empirical as well as theoretical and technical developments of the field.

All talks are currently scheduled as Online Only format if not advertised differently

If you are interested in joining this seminar series as listener or speaker please contact meegene [at]


Registration for talk particiption is free of charge but mandatory. You will be provided with links to join the talk via zoom.

Scheduled Talks

Summer term 2024

28.05.2024, Andrew Mooney, "Resurrecting Biodiversity: Realising the Conservation Potential of Biobanking"

11.06.2024, Nicolas Gompel, Title TBA

25.06.2024, Iliana Bista, Title TBA

09.07.2024, Madhav Jagannathan, Title TBA

Vorherige Redner

Yen Yi Tan, 07.05.2024, "Natural history collections in an era of genomics: a bird's eye view of Singapore"

Mark Harrison, 23.04.2024, "Genomics of healthy ageing in eusocial animals"

Mozes Blom,09.04.2024, "A genomic perspective on Biodiversity and Natural History Research"

Lukas Schrader, 16.01.2024, "The impact of transposable elements in ant evolution"

Oscar Puebla, 19.12.2023, "A phylogenomic perspective on the genic view of species and speciation"

Nathalie Feiner, 05.12.2023, "Origin and introgressive spread of a sexually selected syndrome in a Mediterranean wall lizard"

Nina Therkildsen, 21.11.2023, "Chromosomal inversions play a key role in local adaption despite gene flow in Atlantic silversides"

Dario Valenzano,07.11.2021, "Evolutionary ecology of aging"

Marilou Boddé, 24.10.2023, "Genomic monitoring of Anopheles mosquito populations"


Maria Recuerda, 20.06.2023, “Speciation on islands: genomic divergence between and within-island populations upon colonization of Macaronesia by the common chaffinch “


Deborah M. Leigh, 23.05.2023 "Genetic diversity in the Anthropocene"

Aaron Vogan, 09.05.2023 “Massive transposons as mechanisms for horizontal gene transfer in eukaryotes”


Ricardo Pereira, 25.04.2023 “Hybrid zones of grasshoppers as windows into the process of species formation”


Rosa Fernández, 24.01.2023 "Parallel and convergent macroevolution as key drivers of extreme habitat shifts in animals"


Martin Claude Fischer, 13.12.2022 , "Monitoring genetic diversity: A genomics-based pilot study for Switzerland"


Anja Westram, 15.11.2022, “The genomic basis of repeated divergence in marine snails”


Fabian Roger, 08.11.2022, "Biodiversity monitoring from Airborne environmental DNA - revolutionary or delusional?"


Mahwash Jamy, 18.10.2022, "Long-read metabarcoding to infer patterns of eukaryotic evolution"


Clare Holleley, 21.06.2022, "Museum epigenomics: chromatin accessibility over the last century"


Tristan Cordier 07.06.2022 "Towards implementing environmental genomics and machine learning for routine biomonitoring"


Kristine Bohmann & Christina Lynggaard, 24.05.2022, "Detection of terrestrial vertebrates using metabarcoding of airborne environmental DNA"


Michael Tobler, 10.05.2022, "Extreme environments, complexity, and the predictability of evolution."


Miklos Bálint, 26.04.2022 "Molecular community ecology: insights on biodiversity change in soils and time"


David Marques, 05.04.2022, "Old genetic variation: key to rapid adaptation and speciation?"


Vanessa Mata, 01.02.2022, "Advancing metabarcoding techniques for the study of trophic interactions and ecosystem services in small vertebrates"


Naiara Rodriguez-Ezpeleta, 18.01.2022, "An evolutionary and environmental genomics perspective to fisheries management"


Rowen Barrett, 21.12.2021, "Testing the predictability of evolution in nature"


Frank Rheindt, 07.12.2021, "Biodiversity research in the tropics in the era of the sixth extinction crisis"


Katerina Guschanski, 23.11.2021 "Metagenomic time travel: Bear oral microbiome tells the story of antibiotics use and population decline"


Sarah Kocher, 09.11.2021, "Harnessing natural variation to study the evolution of social behavior in bees"


Brent Emerson, 26.10.2021, "DNA-based approaches for landscape-scale understanding of arthropod communities"


Paschalia Kapli 12.10.2021 "Ancient and troublesome branches in the Animal Tree of Life"


Douglas Yu 06.07.2021 "Managing biodiversity with eDNA: leeches, ponds, insects, and insitutional innovations"


Eva K. Fischer 22.06.2021 "Mechanisms of Behavioral Evolution"


Robert Waterhouse, 08.06.2021 "Scaling up arthropod evolutionary genomics"


Miriam Liedvogel , 25.05.2021,"Bird migration - evolutionary genetics of migratory behaviour"


Christine Grossen , 11.05.2021, "Consequences of severe species bottlenecks - integrating ancient diversity and extant species surveys"


Matthew Webster , 27.04.2021, "Analysis of evolution and speciation in alpine bumblebees using population genomics"


Michael Hiller , 13.04.2021, "Comparative approaches to link phenotypic differences between species to differences in their genomes"


Philine Feulner, 02.03.2021 "A genomic perspective on speciation and adaption in Alpine whitefish"

Ludovic Orlando, 16.03.2021, "The evolutionary origins and historical development of the modern horse"


Isabel Almudi, 16.02.2021 "Adaptations to aquatic and aerial life in mayflies"


Iker Irisarri, 02.02.2020 "Phylogenomics and major evolutionary transitions"


Joana Meier, 19.01.2021 "Rapid speciation facilitated by hybridisation"


Kristy Deiner, 15.12.2020 "Global measure of biodiversity using environmental DNA"


Andrew Foote, 01.12.2020, "Museum collections as evolutionary time machines"


Toni Gossmann, 03.11.2020, "Living the post-NGS dream: What we can learn from a flock of genomes."


Camille Berthelot, 20.10.2020, "Seeing double - Deciphering genome organisation and gene evolution after whole-genome duplications"


Armin Mozcek, 22.09.2020 "On the origins of novelty and diversity in development and evolution: case studies on horned beetles"


Contact person

HEAD of Junior Research Group "Minnow"
+49 228 9122-367
+49 228 9122-212
M.Stange [at]