Hi, I'm Patrick Rohner.
I am broadly interested in how the astonishing diversity of animal shapes, sizes and life styles originated, how it is maintained, and how it continues to evolve. I integrate multivariate quantitative genetic, comparative, and experimental approaches to understand the interplay between ecology, evolution and development. My research focuses on the ultimate and proximate underpinnings of sexual dimorphism and sex-specific plasticity in life history and secondary sexual traits, and the relative importance of genetic accommodation in driving local adaptation to novel environmental conditions.
Born and raised in Switzerland, I studied evolutionary biology at the University of Zurich.
I did my undergraduate and graduate studies in the lab of Wolf U. Blanckenhorn, where I investigated the evolutionary ecology of life history traits, sexual dimorphism and plasticity in sepsid flies. While most of my work was based in the quantitative genetic realm, I also got fond of comparative and experimental studies. After defending my PhD in 2018, I moved to Indiana University to become a postdoctoral researcher with Armin Moczek, focussing on population differentiation, genotype-by-environment interactions and their developmental underpinnings in Onthophagus dung beetles.
Please feel free to contact me if you are interested to talk about my past, present and future research!