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Ela Iwaszkiewicz

Postdoctoral Researcher – Swedish Natural History Museum

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  • from 2019 – Postdoc at Natural History Museum in Stockholm (Sweden)
  • 2015 – 2019 – PhD at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön (Germany)
  • 2012 – 2014 – MSc in Oceanography at Sorbonne University, Paris (France)
  • 2008 – 2011 – BSc in Biology & BSc in Psychology at the University of Warsaw (Poland)

I am an evolutionary geneticist interested in uncovering and understanding the diversity of life.

In my PhD I studied hybrid speciation in fish. By means of a yearly transcriptomic time series of wild fish combined with a common garden experiment, I observed how hybridization facilitated rapid local adaptation.

During my postdoc at the Natural History Museum in Stockholm I am working within the Insect Biome Atlas in collaboration with Symbioses Evolution Group to develop and implement novel DNA techniques to describe insect fauna of Sweden. Comprehensive sampling of insects both in time and space will allow us to understand how insect communities are distributed and how they react to changing environment.

Outside of research I have passion for science outreach and bio-hacking. Read more about my current and past projects at