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  ZFMK. 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 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 2023

25.04.2023 Ricardo Pereira, TBA

09.05.2023 TBA

23.05.2023 TBA

06.06.2023 Filipa Martins, TBA

20.06.2023 TBA

Past Speakers

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


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


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



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


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


Joana Meier, 19.01.2021 "Rapid speciation facilitated by hybridisation"


Iker Irisarri, 02.02.2020 "Phylogenomics and major evolutionary transitions"


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


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"


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


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


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


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


Robert Waterhouse, 08.06.2021 "Scaling up arthropod evolutionary genomics"


Eva K. Fischer 22.06.2021 "Mechanisms of Behavioral Evolution"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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



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


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

Contact person

Head of Section
+49 228 9122-365
+49 228 9122-212
A.Boehne [at]