Dr. Kai Nikolas Stölting

Postdoctoral researcher

e-mail: kai.stoelting[@]unifr.ch
phone: +41(0)26 300 8813 (office)
+41(0)26 300 8895 (lab)

address: University of Fribourg
Department of Biology
Unit of Ecology & Evolution
Chemin du Musée 10
CH-1700 Fribourg

Research Interests

The origin of species is a central aspect of evolutionary biology. I am studying speciation processes and the evolution of complex traits using a variety of molecular and in silico methods. I am currently involved in a SNF funded project aiming at characterizing the porous species boundary between two closely related Populus species using next-generation sequencing technologies and computational analyses.

Short CV

2010-present PostDoc Christian Lexer Lab, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

2006-2010 PhD student Tony Wilson Lab, Zoological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland

2005 Research Assistant Axel Meyer Lab, University of Konstanz, Germany

2002-2003 Research Internship, Federal Amazonian Research Institute (INPA), Brazil

1999-2004 Studies of biology, University of Konstanz, Germany



Christe C, Stölting KN, Paris M, Fraïsse C, Bierne N & Lexer C (2016). Adaptive evolution and segregating load contribute to the genomic landscape of divergence in two tree species connected by episodic gene flow. Molecular Ecology (online DOI: 10.1111/mec.13765).

Christe C, Stölting KN, Bresadola L, Fussi B, Heinze B, Wegmann D & Lexer C (2016). Selection against recombinant hybrids maintains reproductive isolation in hybridizing Populus species despite F1 fertility and recurrent gene flow. Molecular Ecology  25: 2482-2498.

Stölting KN, Paris M, Meier C, Heinze B, Castiglione S, Bartha D & Lexer C (2015). Genome-wide patterns of differentiation and spatially varying selection between postglacial recolonization lineages of Populus alba (Salicaceae), a widespread forest tree. New Phytologist 207: 723-734 (online DOI: 10.1111/nph.13392).

Caseys C, Stölting KN, Barbará T, González-Martínez SC & Lexer C (2015). Patterns of genetic diversity and differentiation in resistance gene clusters of two hybridizing European Populus species. Tree Genetics & Genomes 11: #81 (DOI 10.1007/s11295-015-0904-8).

Lexer C, Wüest RO, Mangili S, Heuertz M, Stölting KN, Pearman PB, Forest F, Salamin N, Zimmermann NE, Bossolini E (2014) Genomics of the divergence continuum in an African plant biodiversity hotspot, I: drivers of population divergence in Restio capensis (Restionaceae). Molecular Ecology, 23: 4373-4386.

Greminger MP, Stolting KN, Nater A, Goossens B, Arora N, Bruggmann R, Patrignani A, Nussberger B, Sharma R, Kraus RHS, Ambu LN, Singleton I, Chikhi L, van Schaik CP, and Krutzen M (2014) Generation of SNP datasets for orangutan population genomics using improved reduced-representation sequencing and direct comparisons of SNP calling algorithms. BMC Genomics, 15:16.

Stölting KN, Nipper R, Lindtke D, Caseys C, Waeber S, Castiglione S, Lexer C (2013) Genomic scan for single nucleotide polymorphisms reveals patterns of divergence and gene flow between ecologically divergent species.Molecular Ecology, 22:842-855.

Lexer C, Mangili S, Bossolini E, Forest F, Stölting KN, Pearman PB, Zimmermann NE and Salamin N (2013) ‘Next generation’ biogeography: towards understanding the drivers of species diversification and persistence. Journal of Biogeography, doi: 10.1111/jbi.12076

Caseys C, Glauser G, Stölting KN, Christe C, Albrectsen BR and Lexer C (2012) Effects of interspecific recombination on functional traits in trees revealed by metabolomics and genotyping-by-resequencing. Plant Ecology & Diversity, 5:457-471.

Lexer C and Stölting KN (2012) Whole genome sequencing (WGS) meets biogeography and shows that genomic selection in forest trees is feasible. New Phytologist, 196:652-654.

Winkler JD, Stölting KN, Wilson AB. (2012) Sex-specific responses to fecundity selection. Evolutionary Ecology, 26:701-714. 

Lexer C, Stölting KN (2011) Tracing the recombination and colonization history of hybrid species in space and time. In press: Molecular Ecology, 20:3701-3704.

Stölting KN, Clarke AC, Meudt HM, Blankenhorn W, Wilson AB (2011) Cost-effective fluorescent amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) analyses using a three primer system. Molecular Ecology Resources, 11(3), 494-502.

Stölting KN (2010) Male pregnancy in the seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis): investigating the genetic regulation of a complex reproductive trait. PhD Thesis, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Stölting KN, Gort G, Wüst C, Wilson AB (2009) Eukaryotic transcriptomics in silico: Optimizing cDNA-AFLP efficiency. BMC Genomics, 10:565.

Bussiere LF, Hunt J, Stölting KN, Jennions MD, Brooks R (2008) Mate choice for genetic quality when environments vary: suggestions for empirical progress. Genetica, 134(1), 69-78.

Michel C, Hicks BJ, Stölting KN, Clarke AC, Stevens MI, Tana R, Meyer A, van den Heuvel MR (2008) Distinct migratory and non-migratory ecotypes of an endemic New Zealand eleotrid (Gobiomorphus cotidianus) - implications for incipient speciation in island freshwater fish species. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 8, Article 49.

Bleher H, Stölting KN, Salzburger W, Meyer A (2007) Revision of the Genus Symphysodon Heckel, 1840 (Teleostei: Perciformes: Cichlidae) based on molecular and morphological characters. Aqua, 12(4), 133-174.

Stölting KN, Wilson AB (2007) Male pregnancy in seahorses and pipefish: Beyond the mammalian model. BioEssays, 29, 884-896.

Van den Heuvel M, Michel C, Stevens MI, Clarke AC, Stölting KN, Hicks BJ, Tremblay LA (2007) Monitoring the effects of pulp and paper effluents is restricted in genetically distinct populations of common bully (Gobiomorphus cotidianus). Environmental Science & Technology, 41 (7), 2602-2608. 

Luo J, Lang M, Salzburger W, Siegel N, Stölting KN, Meyer A (2006) A BAC library for the goldfish Carassius auratus auratus (Cyprinidae, Cypriniformes). Journal of Experimental Zoology B Mol. Dev. Evol., 306(6), 567-574. 

Barluenga M, Stölting KN, Salzburger W, Muschick M, Meyer A (2006) Evolutionary biology: Evidence for sympatric speciation? (Reply). Nature, 444, E13. 

Barluenga M*, Stölting KN*, Salzburger W*, Muschick M, Meyer A (2006) Sympatric speciation in Nicaraguan crater lake cichlid fish. Nature, 439, 719-723. *equal contribution

Hrbek T, Stölting KN, Bardacki F, Kücück F, Wildekamp RH, Meyer A (2004) Plate tectonics and biogeographical patterns of the Pseudophoxinus (Pisces: Cypriniformes) species complex of central Anatolia, Turkey. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 32, 297-308. 

Hrbek T, Kücück F, Frickey T, Stölting KN, Wildekamp R, Meyer A (2002) Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of the Aphanius (Pisces, Cyprinodontifomes) species complex of central Anatolia, Turkey. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 25, 125-137.


Stölting KN, Nipper R, Lindtke D, Barbará T, Caseys C, Waeber S, Castiglione S, Lexer C (2011) Genome-wide scan for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) reveals patterns and causes of allele sharing between ecologically divergent species. European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) 2011 Meeting. Tuebingen, Germany

Stölting KN, Gauthier ME, Bruggmann R, Qi W, Wilson AB (2010) Comparative Transcriptomics of the Male-Pregnant Seahorse Hippocampus abdominalis. SMBE 2010, Lyon, France & Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics of Adaptation 2010, Fribourg, Switzerland

Stölting KN, Gort G, Wüst C, Wilson AB (2009) Experimental design: in silico cDNA AFLPs in eukaryotes. European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) 2009 Meeting. Torino, Italy

Barluenga M, Stölting KN, Meyer A (2004) Sympatric speciation in a crater lake cichlid in the neotropics: the midas cichlid species complex. Genomes and Evolution 2004 Meeting, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Aadland CR, Braun CB, Stölting KN, Alves-Gomes JA (2004) Intraspecific differences in the electric organ discharge of two species of sympatric gymnotiforms. Congress of the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology (ASIH), Manaus, Brazil

Stölting KN, Braun CB, Alves-Gomes JA (2004) Mitochondrial phylogeography of Microsternarchus bilineatus. Congress of the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology (ASIH), Manaus, Brazil

Book Chapter

Stölting KN (2008) Von morphologischen Strukturen zur genetischen Architektur. In: Sammelsurium der Tiere. Loetz, F, Steinbrecher, A (Hrsg.). pp113-115

Public Media Coverage

Klusman I (2007) Schwangere Männer: Seepferdchen und Seenadeln. Published online in: unipublic (online news of the University Zurich) at http://www.175jahre.uzh.ch/ausstellungen/tram/postkarten2/seepferdchen.html