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Prof. Dr. Nicolas Gompel

Chair of Evolutionary Ecology


LMU BioCenter, Div. Evolutionary Ecology


LMU München/Department Biology II
Evolutionary Ecology
Großhaderner Str. 2
D-82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180 74202


Research Focus

A stricking feature of animal evolution is the diversity of their forms and their behaviors. Often, these traits evolve in concert, such as particular feeding behaviors and teeth morphology. The evolution of these traits entails changes in the genetic make-up of each species.

These changes translate at the level of very cells that make or control the traits, at the level of entire tissues, and ultimately in the interaction between the animal and its environment.

With this perspective in mind, we are using closely related species of the fly genus Drosophila, including the model species Drosophila melanogaster, to pin down the genetic changes underlying the evolution of pigmentation patterns, courtship behaviors, and other reproduction-related traits. We are then studying the functional consequences of these changes at different scales of biological complexity, from cell to organism.

Primary Technique(s): Molecular biology, imaging (confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, image quantification), transgenesis, formal genetics

Model Organism(s): Drosophila melanogaster