What do we do?
At the Population Genetics and Genomics Group our interest is focused on understanding how the interplay of population structure, trait architecture and selection can be disentangled. To this end, we use different approaches: from theory and the development of statistical tools to field observations. The main biological models currently used are the barn owl and Miniopterus bats. On the theoretical side, we investigate the dynamics of multilocus genetic systems under the influence of selection, migration and drift, and develop comprehensive individual-based models as well as statistical methods to infer selection, mating systems and population structure.
In 2016, with the arrival of two new PhD students, the group continued to investigate the genome of the barn owl, which will help buttress the hypothesis put forward in our Evolution paper suggesting a ring-like colonization of this bird of prey around the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, our collaboration with Prof. Bruce Weir led to the largest survey of human genetic polymorphism using forensic markers.
The Hierfstat R package, developed by the group, has seen several new features added and it is now well connected with other population genomics packages such as Adegenet, Ape and Apex. PhD students and postdocs from SIB and Swiss universities had the chance to discover the features of these packages through a doctoral course organized by our group.
Main publications 2016
- Genomic evidence for adaptive inversion clines in Drosophila melanogaster. Kapun M., Fabian D.K., Goudet J., Flatt T., 2016. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33 (5) pp. 1317-1336.
- Population-specific FST values for forensic STR markers: A worldwide survey. Buckleton J., Curran J., Goudet J., Taylor D., Thiery A., Weir B.S., 2016. Forensic Science International. Genetics, 23 pp. 91-100.
- The genetic basis of color-related local adaptation in a ring-like colonization around the Mediterranean. Burri R., Antoniazza S., Gaigher A., Ducrest A.L., Simon C., European Barn Owl Network, Fumagalli L., Fumagalli L., Goudet J., Roulin A., 2016. Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution, 70 (1) pp. 140-153
- Sex-specific allelic transmission bias suggests sexual conflict at MC1R. Ducret V., Gaigher A., Simon C., Goudet J., Roulin A., 2016. Molecular Ecology, 25 (18) pp. 4551-4563.
- Reconstructing the demographic history of divergence between European river and brook lampreys using approximate Bayesian computations. Rougemont Q., Roux C., Neuenschwander S., Goudet J., Launey S., Evanno G., 2016. PeerJ, 4 pp. e1910.