Welcome! I am a biologist with Prof. Ralph Tiedemann in the department of Evolutionary Biology & Systematic Zoology at the University of Potsdam, where I started working as a Research Scientist in October 2016.
I completed my PhD in 2010 at Louisiana State University, where I was a member of the Hellberg Lab. Following that, I was a postdoc with Thomas Buckley at Landcare Research in Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to my recent move to Potsdam, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Christoph Vorburger at ETH Zurich and EAWAG.
I am interested in the genetic basis of key adaptive traits. Using comparative transcriptomics and whole genome sequencing, I am studying topics including freeze tolerance and parasitoid virulence. I am interested in the ecological consequences of trait variation, and in how these contribute to geographical range and larger biodiversity patterns. I integrate my genomic studies with tools including physiological comparisons, microhabitat monitoring, and ecological niche modeling.
My work has taken me to some pretty amazing places and I have worked with a diverse group of fascinating organisms. Please see my research page for more information about my current and past projects.
Students at the University of Potsdam interested in Masters or Bachelors theses are welcome to contact me for potential projects (adennis – at – uni-potsdam.de), or see if there are any new projects waiting to start here
My current CV can be found here: CV May 2017