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Below find an selection of recent publications. For an updated overview of all publications consult the ORCID or GoogleScholar record.


Insights from our evolve and resequence speciation experiment
Tusso S, Nieuwenhuis BPS, Weissensteiner B, Immler S, Wolf JBW (2021). Experimental evolution of adaptive divergene under varying degress of gene flow. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 5: 338-349.

A large inventory of structural mutations and their relevance to speciation
Weissensteiner MH, Bunikis I, Catalán A et al. (2020) The population genomics of structural variation in a songbird genus. Nature Communications, 11:3403.

Admixture mapping reveals sexually selected barrier loci
Knief U, Bossu CM, Saino N et al. (2019) Epistatic mutations under divergent selection govern phenotypic variation in the crow hybrid zone. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3: 570–576.


Long- and short-term measures of population size contain information on conservation status
Peart CP*, Tusso S*, Pophaly SD* et al. (2020) Determinants of genetic variation across eco-evolutionary scales in pinnipeds. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4:1095-1104

Rapid and transgressive bio-diversification by shuffling genomes
Tusso S, Nieuwenhuis BPS, Sedlazeck FJ et al. (2019) Ancestral admixture is the main determinant of global biodiversity in fission yeast. Molecular Biology And Evolution, 36: 1975–1989.

Molecular and ecological underpinnings of 'sex switching' in fission yeast
Nieuwenhuis BPS*, Tusso S*, Bjerling P, Stångberg J, Wolf JBW*, Immler S* (2018). Repeated evolution of self-compatibility for reproductive assurance. Nature Communications, 9:1639.


The toxic W chromosome
Warmuth VM, Weissensteiner MH, Wolf JBW (2022) Ineffective silencing of transposable elements on the avian W chromosome. Genome Research, In press

Genomic shock in yeast
Tusso S, Suo F, Liang Y, Du L-L, Wolf JBW (2022) Reactivation of transposable elements following hybridization in fission yeast. Genome Research, 32: 324–336.

Support for the central tenet of nearly-neutral evolutionary theory
Kutschera VE, Poelstra JW, Botero-Castro F et al. (2020) Purifying selection in corvids Is less efficient on islands. Molecular Biology And Evolution, 37: 469–474.


Insights into genome assembly and scaffolding
Peart CR, Williams C, Pophaly SD, Neely BA, Gulland FMD, Adams DJ, Ng BL, Cheng W, Goebel ME, Fedrigo O, et al. Wolf JBW (2021) Hi-C scaffolded short- and long-read genome assemblies of the California sea lion are broadly consistent for syntenic inference across 45 million years of evolution. Molecular Ecology Resources, 21, 2455–2470.

Time dependency of dN/dS after speciation
ugal CF, Kutschera VE, Botero-Castro F et al. (2020) Polymorphism Data Assist Estimation of the Nonsynonymous over Synonymous Fixation Rate Ratio ω for Closely Related Species. Molecular Biology And Evolution, 37: 260–279.

To what extent do bioinformatic pipelines bias biological reality?
Shafer ABA, Peart CR, Tusso S, Maayan I, Brelsford A, Wheat CW, Wolf JBW (2017) Bioinformatic processing of RAD-seq data dramatically impacts downstream population genetic inference. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 16: 940–950.


Relevance and empirical access to a central biological parameter
Peñalba JV & Wolf JBW (2020) From molecules to populations: appreciating and estimating recombination rate variation. Nature Reviews Genetics, 21: 476-492

Study design and interpretation of speciation genomic studies
Wolf JBW & Ellegren H (2016) Making sense of genomic islands of differentiation in light of speciation. Nature Reviews Genetics, 18: 87-100.

What may happen if we join genomics with tracking technology?
Shafer ABA, Northrup JM, Wikelski M et al. (2016) Forecasting Ecological Genomics: High-Tech Animal Instrumentation Meets High-Throughput Sequencing. PLoS Biology, 14: e1002350.


Interaction of socially transmitted hunting practice and population divergence
Foote A*, Vijay N*, Avila-Arcos M et al. (2016) Genome-culture coevolution promotes rapid divergence of killer whale ecotypes.
Nature Communications, 7: 11693.

Insight from Wik slott near Uppsala - thank you all for a nice workshop
Shafer ABA, Wolf JBW, Alves PC et al. (2015) Genomics and the challenging translation into conservation practice.  Trends Ecology Evolution, 30: 78–87. 

A comprehensive speciation genomic study in European crows
Poelstra JW*, Vijay N*, Bossu C* et al. (2014) The genomic landscape underlying phenotypic integrity in the face of gene flow in crows. Science, 344: 1410-1414.

Pervasive isolation-by-ecology pattern is consistent with ecologcial speciation theory
Shafer A & Wolf JBW (2013) Widespread evidence for incipient ecological speciation: a meta-analysis of isolation-by-ecology. Ecology Letters, 16: 940-950.

The genomic landscape of speciation: an avian example
Ellegren H, Smeds L, Burri R et al. (2012) The genomic landscape of species divergence in Ficedula flycatchers. Nature, 491: 756-760.