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Nicholas Wei Cheng Tan

PhD candidate
Tel: +49 228 9122-253
Fax: +49 228 9122-212
Mail: n.tan [at]



Research interests

I am essentially fascinated by how ecology shapes evolution in animals or vice versa. In particular, I am interested in the evolution of phenotypic diversification in lizards. By using a variety of empirical approaches, I try to understand the functional and adaptive significance of morphological and performance variation in animals. For my PhD, I aim to investigate the effects of habitat fragmentation on reptiles in South East Asia using macroecological approaches combining genetics and natural history information.

Further information

Title of Dissertation project:

Effects of habitat fragmentation on reptiles in tropical forests in South East Asia

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