My main research interests are African bovids and paleogenomics. I am a joint PhD student at the University of Potsdam and the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin. In my PhD I use ancient/archival DNA and NGS technology to investigate the Holocene and Pleistocene evolutionary history and phylogeographic structure of the different members of the tribe Hippotragini (horse antelopes), extant as well as extinct. For this I conducted sampling expeditions to museum collections around Europe and South Africa to sample skulls, bones, teeth, skin etc. I am particularly interested in the blue antelope (Hippotragus leucophaeus) and its early extinction. In addition, I am investigating the current and former diversity of the most arid adapted antelope: the addax (Addax nasomaculatus) and the population history of the genus Oryx.
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