Quentin Foucault

Ph.D. Student
Member of Research Group 'Molecular Ecology'

“Rapid seasonal thermal adaptation in Chironomus riparius”

Research interests

As a PhD student in the Molecular Ecology Group of Prof. Markus Pfenninger I am interested in how a multi-voltine insect species, the non-biting midge Chironomus riparius, is coping with seasonal thermal variations. The aim of this project is to investigate the possibility of a rapid seasonal temperature adaptation using a genomic approach to look for seasonal variation in allele frequencies. We use common garden experiments on natural populations, to simulate the seasonal temperature oscillation. The population genomic analyses will be complemented with life-cycle experiments in order to test for the selective fitness advantage related to this thermal adaptation.



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