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Marina Rafajlovic and collaborators look at shore snails on a rocky beach near Tjärnö.
Marina Rafajlovic and collaborators discussing modelling of shore snails, Littorina saxatilis, on a rocky shore near Tjärnö Marine Laboratory. From left to right: Anja Westram, Roger Butlin, Marina Rafajlovic, Nick Barton, Martin Eriksson.

Rafajlović Evolution Modelling Group

Research group
Active research
Project owner
Department of Marine Sciences

Short description

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.