How do species colonize new environments and evolve the necessary adaptations?

The question of how species colonize new environments and evolve the necessary adaptations is an old problem in biology. We study it by using cave-dwelling animals as model systems. And why? Because for many organisms, the transition from surface to caves represents an abrupt change to a new and very different environment. As a result, they evolve numerous morphological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations. Our research revolves around two main themes.

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The group is financed within the Tenure Track Pilot Programme of the Croatian Science Foundation and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the Project TTP-2018-07-9675 Evolution in the dark, with funds of the Croatian-Swiss Research Programme.

Ruđer Bošković Institute

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10000 Zagreb

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