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Open Master projects with EvoFish

EvoFish can offer many exciting Master projects!

Photo collage with Hamlet, lake landscape, and guppies

We are thrilled to welcome new students to our group.

In our group we work on ecology and evolution with application to fisheries and aquaculture. We are interested in:

  • how fishing affects life history and behaviour exploited populations and its consequences for stock recovery
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  • how the environment affect fish behaviour and cognition and its implications for aquaculture
  • evolution of parasites, particularly of salmon louse


Our model species include guppy, daphnids, salmon lice, salmon and gobies and we work with experiments, modelling and biostatistics.

You can see some potential Master projects underneath but we are also happy to hear your ideas.

If you wonder what are your career options after a Master thesis in our group, you can check here what former Master students and PhD students are doing after graduating.

Behaviour and life history in the guppy Poecilia reticulata:

We want to find out whether fishing selects certain behaviours from the population, leaving others behind, and what are the consequences for the population.

We want to know whether selective fishing affects to cognitive ability of fish. Have fishes adapted to high fishing mortality (i.e., maturing early and with higher fecundity) worse cognition abilities?

Juvenile development under different oxygen concentrations leads to changes in life history traits (maturation and growth). We want to test whether oxygen concentrations affects also fish behaviour.

Selective removal of bigger fish leads to life history changes in the population. Are those changes in size also affecting the reproductive strategy of males?

Modelling genetic interactions between escaped farmed salmon and their wild conspecifics

Life history and evolutionary ecology of the goby Sufflogobius bibarbatus in the  Benguela ecosystem off Namibia:

Cod, evolution and bioeconomics:

Population ecology of North Sea fish stocks: (temporarily unavailable)

  1. Determine if change in saithe growth may be driven by changes in prey abundance
  2. Determine if the distribution of saithe has changed over time and if observed changes are related to spatio-temporal changes in prey abundance