WACHTER Gregor Mag., PhD

 Gregor Wachter University of Innsbruck
Institute of Ecology

Research Group: Molecular Ecology

Technikerstrasse 25      (Room 514)
A-6020 Innsbruck

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I´m eagerly interested in the genetic and chemical processes behind speciation in endemic taxa, and in the reasons for their restricted distribution areas. The European Alps, a hotspot of endemic species, offer a unique field of research to disentangle the influence of present and past geographic and climatic factors on speciation events.

My current research is a collaborative project focusing on the faunal history of the Alpine-endemic harvestman genus Megabunus. We use 454 next-generation sequencing, a modified AFLP method, and a bioinformatic pipeline to build a large genomic resource for these non-model organisms, and develop de novo nuclear DNA markers to produce robust multilocus datasets. Using integrative taxonomy for species delimitation, we take advantage of multiple approaches (like gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric cuticular-hydrocarbon analyses, mitochondrial and nuclear DNA based phylogeographic reconstructions, and geometric morphometrics) and finally link the results with statistic modelling.

Research Topics

  •   Alpine endemism
  •   Development and application of genetic markers
  •   Integrative taxonomy
  •   Phylogeography and phylogeny

PhD thesis:
Alpine endemism: integrative taxonomy and faunal history of Megabunus harvestmen (Opiliones: Phalangiidae: Platybuninae)

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