I am an evolutionary biologist, currently working as a Postdoc at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) University Museum, under Mike Martin.
Before , I was a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Evolab in UC Berkeley. I did my PhD at the Frontiers of Evolutionary Zoology group at the University of Oslo, and my MSc at the Centre for Functional Ecology in Coimbra.
I combine genomic data (population genomics, phylogenomics, comparative genomics), together with ecological and phenotypic data from non-model organisms to understand how they evolve and adapt. During the last few years I have worked on adaptation (how species adapt), speciation (how species become different species), biogeography (how species move around and are distributed), and parallel and convergent evolution (how different species adapt to similar problems) - focusing on Island biota. Considering global climatic changes, as well as elevated rates of species extinction, there is an urgent need for understanding how species adapt, diversify, move around and respond to changing environments.
I am open to collaboration, contact and inquiries from the general public, press or peers. Feel free to contact me from at jose.cerca (at) gmail.com