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Walter Salzburger

Address
Universität Basel
Zoologisches Institut
Evolutionsbiologie
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel
Switzerland

Office
E0.02

Phone
+41 (0)61 207 03 03

Fax
+41 (0)61 207 03 01

Email
walter.salzburger-at-unibas.ch

homepage
www.salzburgerlab.org

Walter Salzburger

Professor

Current research

I am interested in the evolution of animals, the adaptation of animals to their environments, and the generation of ecological, morphological, behavioral and genetic diversity. In particular, I am interested in the molecular basis of evolution, the processes that underlie adaptation, innovation, and speciation, and the evolution of genes and genomes during adaptive radiation and speciation.
Cichlid fishes are the most fascinating model organisms to me. These tropical freshwater-fishes show a Gondwanian distribution, with extant representatives in India, Madagascar, South- and Central America, and Africa. With more than 2'000 species that evolved in the last few million years only the species flocks of cichlids in the East African Great Lakes Tanganyika, Malawi and Victoria represent the most astounding examples of adaptive radiation and explosive speciation. I am interested in the evolution of the cichlids' unique biodiversity, in the intrinsic factors that underlie the cichlids' propensity for explosive speciation, and in the external (environmental) events that trigger their radiations. In particular, I am interested in the molecular genetic and genomic bases of the evolutionary success of cichlids.


Curriculum vitae

Born in 1975 in Tyrol, Austria
2020 Full Professor, Zoological Institute, University of Basel
2012-2020 Associate Professor, Zoological Institute, University of Basel
2007-2012 Assistant Professor, Zoological Institute, University of Basel
2006-2007 Junior Group Leader (Mâitre Assistant), Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
2002-2006 Junior Research Fellow, Center of Junior Research Fellows, University of Konstanz, Germany
2001-2006 Post-doctoral Fellow with Prof. Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz, Germany
1998-2001 Doctoral Thesis Work with Prof. Christian Sturmbauer, University of Innsbruck, Austria
1993-1998 Study of Biology (Zoology), University of Innsbruck, Austria