Evolution has led to an incredible diversity of phenotypes in
all major species clades, exemplified by mammals like bats that fly or
dolphins that live their entire life in the water. Phenotypic
differences between species are due to differences in their genome.
Today, hundreds of animals have sequenced genomes, including more than
400 mammals and 400 birds. These sequenced genomes provide an
unprecedented opportunity to discover which genomic changes underlie
particular phenotypic changes between species, which is the overarching
scientific question we address in the lab. Thus, we wish to contribute
to our understanding how nature's incredible diversity evolved. Our
focus is here explicitly on differences between species and not
differences within a species, though many of our comparative methods
will also work on genomes of individuals or strains of the same species.
Read more on our lab web pages at https://tbg.senckenberg.de/personen/hiller/