Clara Groot Crego

PhD student

e-mail: clara.groot.crego[@]
phone: +43 670 402 529 5

address: Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research
University of Vienna, Faculty of Life Sciences
Rennweg 14, room 209
A-1030 Vienna,

Research Interests

Evolution in all its shapes and forms fascinates and intrigues me: from the shaping of the tree of life to short time scale changes in populations. In a very broad sense, I would like to understand the forces and dynamics which explain the fantastic diversity of the natural world, be it in plants, animals, fungi or prokaryotes.

At the moment, I’m focusing on understanding the evolutionary forces that drive adaptive radiations. In my PhD project, I’m using genomic data to disentangle the demographic history and selection regime of a radiated clade of tillandsioid bromeliads, a neotropical plant group from the Americas. 

Short CV

2019 – present: PhD student in the Lexer Group and Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics, University of Vienna, Austria

2016 – 2018: Master of Excellence and Mobility in Evolutionary Biology (MEME), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (NL), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (GER), University of Montpellier (FR)

2013 – 2016: Bachelor of Science in Biology, KU Leuven, Belgium


Zachary J. Nolen, Burcin Yildirim, Iker Irisarri, Shanlin Liu, Clara Groot Crego, Daniel Buchvaldt Amby, Frieder Mayer, M. Thomas P. Gilbert and Ricardo J. Pereira (2020) Historical isolation facilitates species radiation by sexual selection: Insights from Chorthippus grasshoppers. Molecular Ecology  29:4985-5002.