Dr. Ann-Marie Oppold



Dr. Ann-Marie Waldvogel née Oppold



Population genetics & genomics with insects, genomics of population divergence, molecular ecology and evolution, adaptation and climate, epigenetic response to environment

I am interested in genomic mechanisms that shape populations, eventually driving population divergence. Such mechanisms can be influenced by extrinsic (abiotic of biotic interactions with the environment of individuals) or intrinsic factors (interaction of different genomic and molecular elements) or a complex interplay of both.
My current research focuses on evolutionary dynamics of Chironomus riparius, the non-biting midge or harlequin fly. I am investigating population genomic signatures of the different evolutionary forces, i.e. mutation, selection, drift, gene flow, and recombination. Moreover, I aim to disentangle the influence of climate factors, especially temperature (as extrinsic factors), as well as the influence of mobile genetic elements (as intrinsic factors) on the evolution of population divergence.

Polytene cromosomes

My approaches combine population genomics with individual genome scans and Pool-Seq data, common garden experiments, experimental evolution, and field work.


ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0003-2637-0766

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Waldvogel A.
, Wieser A., Schell T., Patel S., Schmidt H., Hankeln T., Feldmeyer B., Pfenninger M. (2018) (minor revisions): The genomic footprint of climate adaptation in Chironomus riparius. Manuscript available on bioRxiv, doi: 10.1101/118190.

Oppold A., Pfenninger M. (2017): Direct estimation of the spontaneous mutation rate by short-term mutation accumulation lines in Chironomus riparius. Evolution Letters, doi: 10.1002/evl3.8.

Oppold A., Schmidt H., Rose M., Hellmann S.L., Dolze F., Ripp F., Weich B., Schmidt-Ott U., Schmidt E., Kofler R., Hankeln T., Pfenninger M. (2017): Chironomus riparius (Diptera) genome sequencing reveals the impact of minisatellite transposable elements on population divergence. Molecular Ecology, 26: 3256–3275. doi:10.1111/mec.14111

Oppold A., Müller R. (2017, in press): Epigenetics – A hidden target of insecticides. In: Epigenetics: how the environment can have impact on genes and regulate phenotypes. Advances in Insect Physiology. Volume 53, Verlinden H (eds).

Kreß A., Oppold A. Kuch U., Oehlmann J., Müller R. (2017 in press): Cold tolerance of the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus and its response to epigenetic alterations. Journal of Insect Physiology, doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2017.04.003.

Oppold, A., Pedrosa, J.A.M., Balint, M., Diogo, J. B., Ilkova, J., Pestana, J.L.T. & M. Pfenninger (2016): Support for the evolutionary Speed hypothesis from intraspecific Population genetic data in the non-biting midge Chironomus riparius. - Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Müller R., Charaf S., Scherer C., Oppold A., Oehlmann J., Wagner M. (2016): Phenotypic and epigenetic effects of vinclozolin in the gastropod Physella acuta. Journal of Molluscan Studies

Oppold, A., Kreß, A., Vanden Bussche, Diogo, J.B., Kuch, U., Oehlmann, J.,
Vandegehuchte, M.B., Müller, R. (2015): Epigenetic alterations and decreasing insecticide sensitivity of the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 122, p 45-53,  doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2015.06.036

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