Dr. Vitor Sousa

Visiting scholar

+41 31 684 45 49
Postal Address
Institute of Ecology and Evolution
University of Bern
Baltzerstrasse 6
CH-3012 Bern

Research interests

I am interested in using population genetic data and theory to reconstruct the recent evolutionary history of populations, and in its applications to molecular ecology, conservation biology and speciation genetics. My research aims at understanding the roles of demography and selection in the structure and divergence of populations. In particular, I am interested in developing inference methods to extract such information from genetic data, and hence my work involves population genetics theory, modeling, statistics and data analysis. For instance, I have developed approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) methods to study population admixture, and full likelihood methods to study population divergence under isolation with migration models. These methods were applied to study the population structure of freshwater fish and lemur species with fragmented habitats, and to study speciation in European rabbits.

Currently, together with Laurent Excoffier, I am developing methods to infer demographic events based on genomic data. This is part of a project to understand the genetic basis of adaptation in deer mice, in collaboration with the groups of Jeffrey Jensen (EPFL Lausanne) and Hopi Hoekstra (Harvard University).

Curriculum vitae

2016- Visiting scholar. CMPG lab, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern
PostDoc research fellow. CMPG lab, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern
Post-doc at Prof. Jody Hey’s lab - Rutgers University
2006-2010 Ph.D. thesis with Prof. Manuela Coelho and Dr. Lounes Chikhi - University of Lisbon / Gulbenkian Science Institute
2004-2005  Post-graduation Bioinformatics – University of Lisbon
1999-2004  Undergraduate studies of Biology – University of Lisbon

Selected publications

Journal articles