Rodrigo Esparza-Salas, PhD
104 05 Stockholm
Phone: 08-5195 4041
I am interested in molecular ecology and evolution, in particular conservation genetics and how neural and adaptive variation affects the survival of natural populations of rare and threatened species.
During my PhD, under the supervision of Prof. Ross Crozier† and Prof. Christopher Johnson, I studied the neutral and adaptive genetic diversity in the endangered Gouldian Finch. My PhD research included aspects of population genetics, phylogeography and evolution of MHC genes in two bird species with different conservation status.
During a previous position as postdoctoral research assistant at Université de Bourgogne, France, I worked on an experimental approaches to study host-parasite relationships, using passerine birds and avian malaria (Plasmodium spp.) as a model system. In addition, I developed a quantitative real-time PCR method for the detection of avian malaria parasites.
I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Oulu. I developed molecular methods for diet analyses of seals in the Baltic Sea. I also collaborate with a number of other projects about neutral and adaptive variation of carnivores in Finland and neighbouring areas of Russia and Scandinavia. Currently I am working in the Swedush Museum of Natural History at the Department for Bioinformatics and Genetics