I am Swiss and grew up in Perú, Switzerland and Ecuador. I studied biology with a specialization in ecology and evolution in Bern, Switzerland. Before studying, I spent seven months volunteering for a wildlife organization in Australia, during my third year of my Bachelor, I studied one semester in Vermont, USA. Before starting my Master, I worked for three months as a naturalist guide in the Amazonian rainforest in Ecuador. I did my Master project with Gerald Heckel on a hybrid zone of Microtus arvalis voles. In 2012 I started my PhD with Ole Seehausen (EAWAG/Uni Bern) and Laurent Excoffier (Uni Bern) on the genomics of the adaptive radiation of cichlid fishes and Lake Victoria and nearby lakes. After that, I continued working on cichlids for two years as a postdoc with Ole Seehausen. With over 450 full genomes of cichlid fishes from the Lake Victoria region, I am studying the evolution of this amazing species diversity and the role of selection and hybridization. Since October 2018, I am a Bateson Research fellow at St John’s College, University of Cambridge. I collaborate with Chris Jiggins on Heliconius butterflies and with Marianne Elias on ithomine butterflies from Ecuador. Additional collaborators not mentioned yet are David Marques, Katie Wagner, Gabriel Jamie, Anna Runemark, Mark Ravinet and Gabriela Montejo-Kovacevich.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family during long hikes, sailing trips, snowboarding, inline skating, climbing, reading, or playing board games.