Sereina Rutschmann

Postdoctoral fellow

Contact details
Phylogenomics Lab
Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Immunology
University of Vigo
36310 Vigo, Spain

email: sereina.rutschmann(at); sereina.rutschmann(at)

Short CV

  • 2017-present: Postdoctoral fellow with David Posada, University of Vigo, Spain
  • 2016-2017: First Assistant with Nadir Alvarez, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2015-2016: Postdoctoral fellow with David Posada, University of Vigo, Spain
  • 2011-2015: PhD student with Michael T. Monaghan, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany
  • 2013: Visiting PhD student, Sackler Institute of Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), New York
  • 2009-2011: MSc student in the group of Walter Salzburger, University of Basel, Switzerland


  • Gueuning M, Suchan T*, Rutschmann S*, Gattolliat J-L, Jamsari J, Kamil AI, Pitteloud C, Buerki S, Balke M, Sartori M, Alvarez N (2017) Elevation in tropical sky islands as the common driver in structuring genes and communities of freshwater organisms. Scientific Reports, 7, 16089. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-16069-y (*=equal contribution)
  • Suchan T, Espíndola A*, Rutschmann S*, Emerson BC, Gori K, Dessimoz C, Arrigo N, Ronikier M, Alvarez N (2017) Assessing the potential of RAD-sequencing to resolve phylogenetic relationships within species radiations: the fly genus Chiastocheta (Diptera: Anthomyiidae) as a case study. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 114, 189-198. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.06.012 (*=equal contribution)
  • Rutschmann S*, Detering H*, Simon S, Fredslund J, Monaghan MT (2017) DiscoMark: Nuclear marker discovery from orthologous sequences using draft genome data. Molecular Ecology Resources, 17, 257-266. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12576 (*=co-first authors)
  • Rutschmann S, Detering H, Simon S, Funk DH, Gattolliat J-L, Hughes SJ, Raposeiro PM, DeSalle R, Sartori M, Monaghan MT (2017) Colonization and diversification of aquatic insects on three Macaronesian archipelagos using 59 nuclear loci derived from a draft genome. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 107, 27-38. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.10.007
  • Vuataz L, Rutschmann S, Monaghan MT, Sartori M (2016) Molecular phylogeny and timing of diversification in Alpine Rhithrogena (Ephemeroptera: Heptageniidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16:194. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-016-0758-1
  • Rutschmann S, Gattolliat J-L, Hughes SJ, Báez M, Sartori M, Monaghan MT (2014) Evolution and island-endemism of morphologically cryptic Baetis and Cloeon species (Ephemeroptera, Baetidae) on the Canary Islands and Madeira. Freshwater Biology, 59, 2516-2527. DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12450
  • Rutschmann S, Matschiner M, Damerau M, Muschick M, Lehmann MF, Hanel R, Salzburger W (2011) Parallel ecological diversification in Antarctic notothenioid fishes as evidence for adaptive radiation. Molecular Ecology, 20, 4707-4721. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05279.xJournal cover


  • Rutschmann S, Chen P, Zhou C, Monaghan MT (2017) Using mitochondrial genomes to infer phylogenetic relationships among the oldest extant winged insects (Palaeoptera). bioRxiv, DOI: 10.1101/164459

Research Grants


Publications discussing my work

  • Ingram T, Mahler DL (2011) Niche diversification follows key innovation in Antarctic fish radiation. Molecular Ecology, 20, 4590-4591. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05321.xPerspective