Dr Anja Felmy

Research Interests

I am an evolutionary biologist with strong research interests in life-history and mating-system evolution, behavioural and evolutionary ecology, and population and quantitative genetics.

In my Master’s thesis, supervised by Dr. Erik Postma at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, I reconstructed the pedigree of a Swiss village based on church records and used this dataset to predict evolutionary changes in human reproductive timing. During my PhD project in Prof. Jukka Jokela’s group at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, I characterised the mating system of a simultaneously hermaphroditic, self-compatible freshwater snail using both field and laboratory experiments, combined with genetic parentage analyses.

In my current work in Prof. Tim Coulson’s group, my primary aim is to test empirically whether predictions of evolutionary change can be improved by accounting for environmental variability. I am doing this using Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata), which provide a convincing example of rapid, repeatable evolutionary change in the wild.

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Selected Publications

Note that some of these papers were published under my maiden name, A. Buerkli.