Adrian Indermaur

Universität Basel,
Zoologisches Institut
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel


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Adrian Indermaur

Adrian Indermaur

PhD student in the group of Walter Salzburger. Works on the evolution of Cichlids of Lake Tanganjika.

Current research

The main focus points of my biological interests are the ecological aspects of evolution, such as phylo-geography, eco-morphology and taxonomy. I am especially fascinated by the huge variety of forms and eco-morphs, present within the cichlid fish family, especially the ones in the radiations of the east African Great Lakes. In my PhD, I aim to assess the genetic base of certain key-traits involved in speciation and the role of different selective pressures in the formation of new species, using the highly diverse species assemblages of Lake Tanganyika.

...and else?

I spend all the money I can save to travel the world - whenever possible. I love to explore different cultures and countries, of such especially those with good divesites. During the times at home I really enjoy a beer out with friends or once in a while a good movie. In winter I also like to get on my board and slide down the hills.

Curriculum vitae

Born in 1984 in Chur (GR), Switzerland
2010-present PhD thesis at the Zoological Institute, University of Basel
2007-2009 at the Department of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Basel
2004-2007 of animal- and plant science at the University of Basel


  • Moritz Muschick, Adrian Indermaur, Walter Salzburger Convergent Evolution within an Adaptive Radiation of Cichlid Fishes Current Biology, Volume 22, Issue 24, 18 December 2012, Pages 2362–2368.
  • Dittmann MT, M Roesti, A Indermaur, M Colombo, M Gschwind, I Keller, R Kovac, M Barluenga, M Muschick & W Salzburger. 2012. Depth-dependent abundance of Midas Cichlid fish (Amphilophus spp.) in two Nicaraguan crater lakes. Hydrobiologia 686: 277-285.
  • Colombo M*, Diepeveen ET*, Muschick M, Santos E, Indermaur A, Boileau N, Barlueng M and W Salzburger (2012) The ecological and genetic basis of convergent thick-lipped phenotypes in cichlid fishes. Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/mec.12029. *These authors contributed equally to this work.