Research interests

I am an evolutionary biologist broadly interested in how species and biodiversity emerge and are maintained. In particular, I study the continuum along which speciation unfolds itself, combining phenotypic, ecological and genomic data also aiming to bridge between fundamental research and conservation biology. Currently, I focus on the evolution and genomic aspects of reproductive isolation using Arabidopsis plants and Erebia butterflies as model systems.

For more details see my personal webpage

Education and professional experience

Since 2016 (Aug) Independent Group Leader, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland
2015 – 2016 Swiss National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
2013 – 2015 Postdoc, Division of Aquatic Ecology, University of Bern, Switzerland & Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution, EAWAG - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland
2009 – 2013 PhD, Division of Aquatic Ecology, University of Bern, Switzerland & Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution, EAWAG - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland

Selected Publications

Full list of publications see here

Lucek K, Bouaouina S, Jospin A, Grill A, de Vos JM (2021) Prevalence and relationship of endosymbiotic Wolbachia in the butterfly genus Erebia. BMC ecology and evolution 21(1):1-12

Lucek K, Willi Y (2021) Drivers of linkage disequilibrium across a species’ geographic range. PLoS genetics 17 (3):e1009477

Lucek L, Butlin RK, Patsiou T (2020) Secondary contact zones of closely‐related Erebia butterflies overlap with narrow phenotypic and parasitic clines. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 33(9):1152-1163

de Vos JM, Augustijnen H, Bätscher L, Lucek K (2020) Speciation through chromosomal fusion and fission in Lepidoptera. Phil Trans of the Royal Society B 375(1806):20190539

Lucek K, Hohmann N, Willi Y (2019) Postglacial ecotype formation under outcrossing and self‐fertilization in Arabidopsis lyrata. Molecular ecology 28(5):1043-1055

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Dr. Kay Lucek

Universität Basel
Departement Umweltwissenschaften
Pflanzenökologie und -evolution
Schönbeintrasse 6
CH-4056 Basel

+41 61 207 23 14
kay.lucek@unibas.ch