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63.  dos Santos P, Oliveira MA, Karger D, Lucek K, Branquinho C , de Vos J. Allopatric and sympatric drivers on the diversification dynamics of Aeonium (Crassulaceae) from the Canary Islands. Evolutionary Journal of the Linnean Society, in press.

62.  Augustijnen H, Lucek K. Beyond gene flow: (non)-parallelism of secondary contact in a pair of highly differentiated sibling species. Molecular Ecology, in press.

61. Mohan AV, Escuer P, Cornet C, Lucek K. A 3D genomics view for speciation research. Trends in Genetics, in press.

60. Augustijnen H, Baetscher L, Cesanek M, Chkhartishvili M, Dinca V, Iankoshvili G, Ogawa K, Vila K, Klopfstein S, de Vos J, Lucek K. A macroevolutionary role for chromosomal fusion and fission in Erebia butterflies. Science Advances, 10, eadl0989.

59.  Lucek K, Blattner L, Cornet C, Chittaro Y, Erhardt A, Jaun A, Jost B, Winiger N,  Wymann HP, DuĆĄej G. Towards a genomic resolution of the Phengaris alcon species complex. Conservation Genetics, 25, 823–834.

58.  Augustijnen H, Patsiou T, Schmitt T, Lucek K. Living on the edge—Genomic and ecological delineation of cryptic lineages in the high‐elevation specialist Erebia nivalis. Insect Conservation & Diversity, 17, 526-542.

57. Cornet C, Mora P, Augustijnen H, Nguyen P, Escudero M, Lucek K. Holocentric repeat landscapes: from microevolutionary patterns to macroevolutionary associations with karyotype evolution. Molecular Ecology, in press.

56. Escudero M, Marques A, Lucek K, Hipp A. Highly conserved synteny despite massive chromosome fusion and fission suggest fragile sites in holocentric plants. Molecular Ecology, in press.

55. Meier N, Lucek K, Zuffi M, Storniolo F, Mezzasalma M, Geniez P, Dubey P, Sacchi R, Scali S, Ursenbacher S (2024). Extensive gene flow suggests lack of reproductive barriers between the two subspecies of the Green Whip Snake Hierophis viridiflavus (Squamata, Colubridae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 141, 133-147.


54. Lucek K, Giménez MD, Joron M, Rafajlović M, Searle JB, Walden N, Westram AM, Faria R  (2023). The impact of chromosomal rearrangements in speciation: from micro- to macroevolution. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology, 15 , a041447.

53. Bouaouina S, Chittaro Y, Willi Y, Lucek K (2023). Asynchronous life cycles contribute to reproductive isolation between two Alpine butterflies. Evolution Letters, 7, 436-446.


51. Willi Y*, Lucek K*, Bachmann O, Walden N* (2022). Recent speciation associated with range expansion and a shift to self-fertilization in North American Arabidopsis. Nature Communications, 13, 7564.

50. Armbruster G*, Lucek K*, Willi Y (2022). Cryptic population structure at the northern range margin of the service tree Sorbus domestica. PeerJ, 10,e14397.

49. Lohse K, Hayward A, Laetsch D, Vila R, Lucek K, Wellcome Sanger Institute Tree of Life programme, Wellcome Sanger Institute Scientific Operations: DNA Pipelines collective, Tree of Life Core Informatics collective, Darwin Tree of Life Consortium (2022). The genome sequence of the Arran brown, Erebia ligea (Linnaeus, 1758). Wellcome Open Research,7, 259.

48. Augustijnen H, Patsiou T, Lucek K (2022). Secondary contact rather than coexistence – Erebia butterflies in the Alps. Evolution, 76, 2669-2686.

47.  Lohse O, Lohse K, Wellcome Sanger Institute Tree of Life programme, Wellcome Sanger Institute Scientific Operations: DNA Pipelines collective, Tree of Life Core Informatics collective, Augustijnen H, Lucek K, Darwin Tree of Life Consortium (2022). The genome sequence of the scotch argus butterfly, Erebia aethiops (Esper, 1777). Wellcome Open Research, 7, 217.

46. Lucek K, Augustijnen H, Escudero M (2022). A holocentric twist to chromosomal speciation? Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 37,  655-662.

45. Jaun A, Wymann H-P, Lucek K (2022). Lack of genetic structure suggests high connectivity of Parnassius phoebus between nearby valleys in the Alps. Alpine Entomology, 6, 1-6.

44. Blattner L, Lucek K, Beck N, Berner D, von Fumetti S (2022). Intra‐Alpine Islands: Population genomic inference reveals high degree of isolation between freshwater spring habitats. Diversity and Distributions, 28, 291-305.

43. Winiger N, Seibold S, Lucek K, MĂŒller J, Segelbacher G (2022). Lost in dead wood? Environmental DNA sequencing from dead wood shows little signs of saproxylic beetles. Environmental DNA, 1-7.


42. Lucek K, Bouaouina S, Jospin A, Grill A, de Vos J (2021). Prevalence and relationship of endosymbiotic Wolbachia in the butterfly genus Erebia. BMC Ecology & Evolution, 21, 95.

41. Lucek K, Willi Y (2021). Drivers of linkage disequilibrium across a species’ geographic range. PLOS Genetics, 17: e1009477.

40. Hudson C, Lucek K, Marques D, Alexander T, Moosmann M, Spaak P, Seehausen O, Matthews B (2021). Threespine stickleback in Lake Constance: A review of adaptive population divergence in a recent colonist. Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution, 8, 529.


39. Lucek K, Butlin R, Patsiou T (2020). Secondary contact zones of closely-related Erebia butterflies overlap with narrow phenotypic and parasitic clines. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 33, 1152-1163. Part of the Editor’s Choice collection 2020.

38. de Vos JM, Augustijnen H, BĂ€tscher L, Lucek K (2020). Speciation through chromosomal fusion and fission in Lepidoptera, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375, 20190539.

37. Kulmuni J, Butlin RK, Lucek K, Savolainen V, Westram AM (2020). Towards the completion of speciation: the evolution of reproductive isolation beyond the first barriers, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375, 20190528.

36. Walden N, Lucek K, Willi Y (2020). Lineage-specific adaptation to climate involves flowering time in North American Arabidopsis lyrata. Molecular Ecology, 29, 1436-1451. Associated Molecular Ecology News & Views.


35. Rieder J, Vonlanthen P, Seehausen O, Lucek K (2019). Allopatric and sympatric diversification within roach (Rutilus rutilus) of large prealpine lakes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 32, 1174-1185.

34. Marques D*, Lucek K*, Sousa V, Excoffier L, Seehausen O (2019). Admixture between old lineages facilitated contemporary ecological speciation in Lake Constance stickleback. Nature Communications, 10. 1-14. See also our reply to some critics that have been raised here.

33. Lucek K, Galli A, Gurten S, Hohmann N, Maccagni A, Patsiou T, Willi Y (2019) Metabarcoding of honey to assess differences in plant-pollinator interactions between urban and non-urban sites. Apidologie, 50, 317–329.

32. Ishikawa A, Kabeya N, Ikeya K, Kakioka R, Cech J, Osada N, Leal M, Kume M, Toyoda A, Tezuka A, Nagano A, Yamasaki Y, Suzuki Y, Kokita T, Takahashi H, Lucek K, Marques D, Takehana Y, Naruse K, Mori S, Monroig O, Ladd N, Schubert C, Matthews B, Peichel C, Seehausen O, Yoshizaki G, Kitano J. (2019) A key metabolic gene for recurrent freshwater colonization and radiation in fishes. Science, 364, 886-889.

31. Lucek K, Gompert Z, Nosil P (2019). The role of structural genomic variants in population differentiation and ecotype formation in Timema cristinae walking sticks. Molecular Ecology, 28, 1224-1237.

30. Lucek K, Hohmann N, Willi Y (2019). Postglacial ecotype formation under outcrossing and self-fertilization in Arabidopis lyrata. Molecular Ecology, 28, 1043-1055.


29. Lemoine M, Barluenga M, Lucek K, Mwaiko S, Haesler M, Chapman LJ, Chapman CA, Seehausen O (2018). Recent sympatric speciation involving habitat-associated nuptial colour polymorphism in a crater lake cichlid. Hydrobiologia, 832, 297-315.

28. Lucek K, Keller I, Nolte A, Seehausen O (2018). Distinct colonization waves underlie the diversification of the freshwater sculpin (Cottus gobio) in the Central European Alpine region. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 31, 1254-1267.

27. Lucek K (2018). Evolutionary mechanisms of varying chromosome numbers in the radiation of Erebia butterflies. Genes, 9, 166.

26. Sharda S, Argenti E, Lucek K (2018). On the status of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus Linnaeus 1758) in Lake Bracciano, Italy. Fishes, 3, 17.


25. Lindtke D, Lucek K, Soria-Carrasco V, Villoutreix R, Farkas T, Riesch R, Dennis S, Gompert Z, Nosil P (2017). Long‐term balancing selection on chromosomal variants associated with crypsis in a stick insect. Molecular Ecology, 26, 6189-6205.

24. Riesch R, Muschick M, Lindtke D, Villoutreix R, Comeault A, Farkas T, Lucek K, Hellen E, Sorria-Carrasco V, Dennis S, de Carvalho C, Safran R, Sandoval C, Feder J, Gries R, Crespi B, Gries G, Gompert Z, Nosil P (2017). Transitions between phases of genomic differentiation during speciation. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1, 0082, 1-13.

23. Hudson A*, Lundsgaard-Hansen B*, Lucek K*, Vonlanthen P, Seehausen O (2017). Managing cryptic biodiversity: fine-scale intralacustrine speciation along a benthic gradient in Alpine whitefish (Coregonus spp.). Evolutionary Applications, 10, 251-266. Equal contribution with first author.

22. Lucek K, Greuter L, Selz O, Seehausen O (2017). Effects of interspecific gene flow on the phenotypic variance–covariance matrix in Lake Victoria Cichlids. Hydrobiologia, 791, 145-154.

21. Marques D, Lucek K, Haesler M, Feller A, Meier J, Wagner C, Excoffier L, Seehausen O (2017). Genomic landscape of early ecological speciation initiated by selection on nuptial color. Molecular Ecology, 26, 7-24.


20. Lucek K, KristjĂĄnsson BK, SkĂșlason S, Seehausen O (2016). Ecosystem size matters: the dimensionality of intralacustrine diversification in Icelandic stickleback is predicted by lake size. Ecology and Evolution, 6, 5256–5272.

19. Lucek K (2016). Cryptic invasion drives phenotypic changes in central European threespine stickleback. Conservation Genetics, 17, 993-999.

18. Feller AF, Seehausen O, Lucek K, Marques DA (2016). Habitat choice and female preference in a polymorphic stickleback population. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 17, 419-435.

17. Marques DA, Lucek K, Meier JI, Mwaiko S, Wagner CE, Excoffier L, Seehausen O (2016). Genomics of rapid incipient speciation in sympatric threespine stickleback. PLOS Genetics, 12, e1005887, 1-34.

16. Lemoine M, Lucek K, Perrier C, Saladin V, Adriaensen F, Barba E, Belda E, Charmentier A, Cichon M, Eeva T, Grégoire A, Hinde C, Johnsen A, Komdeur J, MÀnd R, Matthysen E, Norte AC, Pitala N, Sheldon B, Slagsvold T, Tinbergen J, Török J, Ubels R, van Oers K, Visser M, Doligez B, Richner H (2016). Low but contrasting neutral genetic differentiation shaped by winter temperature in European great tits. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 118, 669-685.


15. Roy D, Lucek K, Walter RP, Seehausen O (2015). Hybrid ‘superswarm’ leads to rapid divergence and establishment of populations during a biological invasion. Molecular Ecology, 24, 5394-5411.

14. Lucek K, Seehausen O (2015). Distinctive insular forms of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) from western Mediterranean islands. Conservation Genetics, 16, 1319-1333.

13. Karvonen A, Lucek K, Marques D, Seehausen O. Divergent macroparasite infections in parapatric Swiss lake-stream pairs of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). PLOS ONE, 10,  e0130579, 1-16.

12. Lucek K, Lemoine M, Seehausen O (2014). Contemporary ecotypic divergence during a recent range expansion was facilitated by adaptive introgression. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 27, 2233-2248.

11. Lucek K, Sivasundar A, KristjĂĄnsson BK, SkĂșlason S, Seehausen O (2014). Quick divergence but slow convergence during ecotype formation in lake and stream stickleback pairs of variable age. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 27, 1878-1892.

10. Lucek K, Sivasundar A, Seehausen O (2014). Disentangling the role of phenotypic plasticity and genetic divergence in contemporary ecotype formation during a biological invasion. Evolution, 68-9, 2619-2632.

9. Seehausen O, Butlin R, Keller I, Wagner C, Boughman J, Hohenlohe P, Peichel C, Saetre GP, BrĂ€nnström Å, Brelsdorf A, Clarkson C, Eroukhmanoff F, Feder J, Fischer M, Foote A, Franchini P, Jiggins C, Jones F, Lindholm A, Lucek K, Maan M, Marques D, Martin S, Matthews B, Meier J, Möst M, Nachman M, Nonaka E, Rennison D, Schwarzer J, Watson E, Westram A, Widmer A. Genomics and the origin of species. Nature Review Genetics, 15, 176-192.

8. Selz O, Lucek K, Young K, Seehausen O (2013). Relaxed trait covariance in interspecific cichlid hybrids predicts morphological diversity in adaptive radiations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23, 11-24.

7. Lucek K, Sivasundar A, Roy D, Seehausen O (2013). Repeated and predictable patterns of ecotypic differentiation during a biological invasion: lake-stream divergence in parapatric Swiss stickleback. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26, 2691-2709.

6. Lucek K, Lemoine M (2012). Introduced guppies being the first record of freshwater fish on the Cape Verdean archipelago. African Zoology, 47, 341-344. Highlighted in Science here

5. Lucek K, Sivasundar A, Seehausen O (2012). Evidence for adaptive diversification during biological invasion. PLOS ONE, 7, e49377, 1-6.

4. Lucek K, Haesler MP, Sivasundar A (2012). When phenotypes do not match genotypes – unexpected phenotypic diversity and potential environmental constraints in Icelandic stickleback. Journal of Heredity, 103, 579-584.

3. Zeller M, Lucek K, Haesler MP, Seehausen O, Sivasundar A (2012). Signals of predation-induced directional and disruptive selection in the threespine stickleback. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 14, 193-205.

2. Zeller M, Lucek K, Haesler MP, Seehausen O, Sivasundar A (2012). Reduction in armour provides no selective advantage to threespined stickleback against an invertebrate predator. Evolutionary Ecology, 26, 1293-1309.

1. Lucek K, Roy D, Bezault E, Sivasundar A, Seehausen O (2010). Hybridization between distant lineages increases adaptive variation during a biological invasion: stickleback in Switzerland. Molecular Ecology, 19, 3995-4011.

Roy D, Lucek K, BĂŒhler E, Seehausen O (2008). Correlating shape variation with feeding performance to test for adaptive divergence in recently invading stickleback populations from Swiss peri-alpine environments. In Morphometrics for nonmorphometricians, Springer, Heidelberg. Ed. Ashraf M. T. Elewa in Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences, 124.