Defended and done!

Stervander_thesis_cover_LUOn 18 December 2015, I finally defended my PhD thesis, entitled On Speciation in Birds – Genomic Signatures across Space and Time. (Cover artwork, the São Tomé grosbeak Neospiza concolor, by Peter Nilsson)

I was lucky enough to have Professor Trevor Price, University of Chicago, as faculty opponent, and I thoroughly enjoyed our discussions. Having written the landmark book Speciation in Birds, there is probably no single person who would be more fit as opponent. Below is a glimpse of the two of us fighting about exactly what tree topology that represent different colonization and speciation scenarios.

I currently finish some remaining work on finch radiations, while preparing postdoc grant applications. (Or perhaps you have a great project and good funding? Let me know…)