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Karin Rengefors

Currently my research focus is on understanding the processes underlying speciation and biogeography in protists. My approach is to study these processes at the population level by investigating genetic diversity, population genetic and genomic structure, dispersal, and local adaptation. This research interest emerged from my PhD thesis work in which I studied the role of resting cysts to phytoplankton species and communities. I have also worked with competition among phytoplankton species, specifically allelochemical interactions.

Together with my research group and collaborators we are currently focusing on two main systems; a dinoflagellate species complex that has recently diverged into multiple species/ecotypes and a freshwater invasive nuisance species: Gonyostomum semen. Our approach is to use a combination of population genomics, transcriptome analyses, and experimental studies to address the specific research questions for each project. 


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Karin Rengefors
E-mail: karin [dot] rengefors [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


Aquatic ecology

+46 46 222 84 27



Centre for Animal Movement Research
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden