I am a geneticist interested in the population genetics and role of genetic diversity in adaptation to various environments.
My research group studies the ecology and evolution of different morphological and/or functional traits using mainly the Northern Pike, Lepidoptera species (butterflies and moths), and pygme grasshoppers. I will investigate the genetic basis of variation in functional traits in various organisms using population genetics and quantitative genetics tools.
My research groups
Evolutionary Ecology The overriding aim of evolutionary ecology research is to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of genetic, functional, ecological and evolutionary mechanisms tha…
Fish Ecology Baltic coastal populations of predatory fish, mainly perch and pike, has been greatly reduced in recent decades. Underlying causes can be altered food webs, competition and disrupted repro…
Article in journal (Refereed)
- Nordahl, O., Koch-Schmidt, P., Sunde, J., Yildirim, Y., Tibblin, P., et al. (2019). Genetic differentiation between and within ecotypes of pike (Esox lucius) in the Baltic Sea. Aquatic conservation.
- Yildirim, Y., Anderson, M.J., Hansson, B., Patel, S., Millar, C.D., et al. (2018). Genetic structure of the grey side-gilled sea slug (Pleurobranchaea maculata) in coastal waters of New Zealand. PLoS ONE. 13.
- Yildirim, Y., Tinnert, J., Forsman, A. (2018). Contrasting patterns of neutral and functional genetic diversity in stable and disturbed environments. Ecology and Evolution. 8. 12073-12089.