Rafajlović Evolution Modelling Group
Rafajlović Evolution Modelling Group studies the evolution of biological populations using mathematical models (individual-based computer simulations) combined with empirical genetic and ecological data from a number of organisms, currently including Littorina saxatilis, Fucus vesiculosus, Idotea balthica and Symphodus melops.
Specific research questions include:
- the evolution of ranges of populations (the role of connectivity, selection, genomic architectures, mode of reproduction and plasticity in range expansions),
- evolutionary mechanisms of local adaptation and divergence between populations,
- evolution of hybrid zones,
- mechanisms of speciation,
- how different evolutionary processes shape patterns of genetic variation within and between populations.