Wouter van der Bijl

Research Associate

My work focuses on the evolution of traits. What is their function, why do they vary, what is their evolutionary history, and how are they encoded in the genome? I am particularly interested in understanding the constraints on the evolution of sexually dimorphic traits.

I use a wide variety of approaches, including comparative analysis, quantitative genetics, artificial selection, behavioral experiments, agent based simulation, deep learning, and genomics. Much of my work combines large datasets with new computational approaches to address classic questions in evolutionary biology.

My current work mostly focuses on the amazing diversity in color patterns in the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata).