MÖST Markus Dr.




Markus Möst

University of Innsbruck
Institute of Ecology

Research Group: Molecular Ecology

Technikerstrasse 25      (room 517)
A-6020 Innsbruck

T +43 (0)512 507-51771
F +43 (0)512 507-51799
   markus.moest@uibk.ac.at


I am broadly interested in various aspects of animal biology with a strong emphasis on evolutionary ecology. My current research focuses on how populations and species adapt to their biotic and abiotic environments, in particular under scenarios involving gene flow and changing environmental conditions. Using the tropical radiation of Heliconius butterflies and species complexes in the waterflea genus Daphnia as study systems, I am trying to understand the processes of ecological adaptation and speciation in the face of gene flow. To achieve this goal, I am employing a variety of interdisciplinary approaches, ranging from whole-genome and targeted capture sequencing to classical limnology and sedimentology. For further details on my research, please follow the link to my publications below or just contact me directly.


Short CV

since 09/2016: Senior Postdoc, Molecular Ecology Group, University of Innsbruck, Austria
2014-2016: Postdoc (FWF, SNF), Butterfly Genetics Group, University of Cambridge, UK
2009-2014: PhD studies, Aquatic Ecology, Eawag and ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2009: Lab and Field Assistant, Limnology, Uppsala University, Sweden
2008: Master in Zoology, University of Innsbruck, Austria 


Main International Collaborations

Prof. Chris D. Jiggins, University of Cambridge, UK
Dr. Simon H. Martin, University of Cambridge, UK
Prof. Camilo Salazar, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
Dr. Steven Van Belleghem, Mississippi State University, USA

PD. Dr. Piet Spaak, Eawag, Switzerland


Current Project

“Genomic patterns of wing pattern introgression in Heliconius”; FWF Erwin Schrödinger Program, Project J 3774


Research Topics

  • Adaptation
  • Ecological speciation
  • Population genetics and genomics
  • Selection
  • Speciation and gene flow

Complete List of Publications