In the Svardal lab we are interested how the astonishing natural diversity we see on earth came into being, by which forces it formed and how it is changing today. Hence, we are trying to understand the process of evolution, with mathematical models and through the analysis of genome sequencing data.
Genomes, and in particular differences between them, are a crucial source of information to understand evolution and biology in general. They provide a record of the evolutionary past of populations, their relatedness patterns, their demography, and their adaptations.
Our main model system currently are Lake Malawi cichlid fishes. Their rapid adaptive radiation, in which more than 500 species formed in less than 800 thousand years provides an ideal framework to study the evolutionary processes and molecular mechanisms involved in rapid adaptation and diversification. Please find more information on our research here.