I have a broad interest in ecology and evolution, which I have been
lucky to combine with my passion for birds. In my PhD project I aim at
better understanding the process of speciation in birds. In particular,
I want to analyze the impact of gene flow during speciation and evaluate
the occurrence of adaptive speciation, especially on isolated islands. I
am working with several different study systems: (1) the Serinus
seedeaters of São Tomé and Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea, (2) the
Nesospiza buntings of Tristan da Cunha (3) the Blue Tit complex
(Cyanistes teneriffae, C. caeruleus) of the Canary Islands, North Africa
and mainland Europe, and (4) the warblers of the genus Acrocephalus. To
answer my questions, I will use a variety of molecular tools, such as
Sanger sequenceing, high throughput sequencing of genomic (RAD
method) and transcriptomic data.
In addition to my PhD project, I have been involved in projects on the effect of climate change on bird migration phenology, migration ecology of waders, and surveillance of avian influenza in waterfowl. I am presently member of the boards of Ottenby Bird Observatory, where I served as warden in 20022003, and Kvismare Bird Observatory (Sweden).
Stervander, M., Lindström, Å., Jonzén, N. & Andersson, A. 2005. Timing of spring migration in birds: long-term trends, North Atlantic Oscillation and the significance of different migration routes. J. Avian Biol. 36: 210221.
Jonzén, N., Lindén, A., Ergon, T., Knudsen, E., Vik, J. O., Rubolini, D., Piacentini, D., Brinch, C., Spina, F., Karlsson, L., Stervander, M., Andersson, A, Waldenström, J., Lehikoinen, A., Edvardsen, E. Solvang, R. & Stenseth, N. C. 2006. Rapid advance of spring arrival dates in long-distance migratory birds. Science 312: 19591961.
Photos: © Daniel Sheppard (portrait) and © Martim Melo (seedeaters/islands).