Nicolas is broadly interested in the application of genomic tools in the conservation and management of biodiversity. Currently, he is working on the genomic basis of local adaption in Atlantic cod, as well as the molecular mechanisms underlying its rapid evolution in response to size-selective fishing and climate change. In addition, he is also developing practical molecular tools for the species and sex identification in non-model species, for the benefit of management agencies and the aquaculture industry.
Maria is broadly interested in ecological and evolutionary genomics. Currently, she is working on characterizing the genomic architecture of local adaptation in Atlantic silversides, with a focus on describing structural variation between locally adapted populations and identifying genomic regions that underlie adaptive traits. Maria is also studying how dispersal-selection dynamics play out over seasonal time scales by collecting a time series of samples from several locations to infer how selection against migrants and their offspring maintains local adaptation despite homogenizing connectivity.