Marco Colombo

Universität Basel,
Zoologisches Institut
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel


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Marco Colombo

PhD student in the group of Walter Salzburger.

Research interest

Parallel evolution is an interesting topic for evolutionary biologists because it provides natural replicates to test hypotheses. Cichlids reveal through their diversity and isolated evolution in different lake habitats striking examples for parallel evolution. A textbook example for similarities in adaptive morphology can be found in two of the Great Lakes of Eastern Africa, Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika, where several cichlid species evolved very similar morphological traits. Less attention has been paid to the intercontinental parallel evolution of cichlid fishes, namely species from Central America and Eastern Africa. In my project, I investigate the possible parallel evolution between a Central American cichlid species and a species from the East African Lake Tanganyika.

Curriculum vitae

2006-2009 B.Sc. in Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland
2009-2011 M.Sc. at the Department of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Basel (Salzburger group)
2011 - present PhD student at the Department of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Basel


  • Colombo, M*, Diepeveen, ET*, Muschick, M, Santos, M E, Indermaur, A, Boileau, N, Barluenga, M and Salzburger, W (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.
  • 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.