SNIC
SUPR
SNIC SUPR
Corvid Genomics
Dnr:

SNIC 2017/1-599

Type:

SNAC Medium

Principal Investigator:

Jochen Wolf

Affiliation:

Uppsala universitet

Start Date:

2017-12-17

End Date:

2019-01-01

Primary Classification:

10615: Evolutionary Biology

Webpage:

Allocation

Abstract

This project investigates evolutionary processes employing a combination of comparative and population genomic approaches in the bird genus Corvus (crows, ravens, jackdaws) spanning about 15 million years of evolution. It is centered around a large research program on the micro-evolutionary processes involved in population divergence of the Corvus (corone) species complex. Population genomic analyses have demonstrated that genomic divergence follows broad scale geographic patterns, but does not co-align with the major morphological contrast given by marked differences in plumage colouration. Few genomic segments associated with colouration are inferred to be under divergent selection. Research in this project includes functional genomic analyses, investigation on the role of structural genomic variation, parallelism in selection landscape across populations and at the species level, and the role of recombination in shaping genomic landscapes of genetic diversity. Methodologically it involves genome and transcriptome assembly, annotation, population genomic analyses on whole genome re-sequencing data from various platforms and a suite of functional genomic analyses.