Mihaela Pavličev

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.

Deputy Head of the Department of Evolutionary Biology

Head of the Unit for Theoretical Biology

phone +43-1-4277-56700

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Teaching at the Univ. Vienna

 About me

My foremost interest is in the organismal features that enable evolvability of complex organisms. To understand phenotypic evolution, we need to understand what patterns of heritable phenotypic variation the developmental/physiological systems are able to produce, what are the consequences of specific patterns of variation over short terms (population genetic scale) and long terms (species divergence observed in comparative biology) under selection and drift, and how the patterns of variation themselves evolve.

One recurring evolutionary phenomenon is the decoupling of variation between traits, and subsequent individuation of parts and the origin of new biological units. In this context, my work pertains to the role of pleiotropy and interactions in this process.

I pursue these questions of evolvability and individuation in theory as well as in empirical work on the evolution of limbs and of the mammalian female reproductive system.


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Watson, R. A., Wagner, G. P., Pavlicev, M., Weinreich, D. M., & Mills, R. (2014). The evolution of phenotypic correlations and "developmental memory". Evolution, 68(4), 1124-1138. https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.12337



Carson, E. A., Kenney-Hunt, J. P., Pavlicev, M., Bouckaert, K. A., Chinn, A. J., Silva, M. J., & Cheverud, J. M. (2012). Weak genetic relationship between trabecular bone morphology and obesity in mice. Bone, 51(1), 46-53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bone.2012.03.031

Pavlicev, M., Carson, A., Cheverud, J. M., Silva, M., Bouckaert, K., Chinn, A., & Kenney-Hunt, J. (2012). Weak genetic relationship between trabecular bone morphology, and obesity. Bone, 51, 46-53.



Cheverud, J. M., Fawcett, G. L., Jarvis, J. P., Norgard, E. A., Pavlicev, M., Pletscher, L. S., Polonsky, K. S., Ye, H., Bell, G. I., & Semenkovich, C. F. (2010). Calpain-10 is a component of the obesity-related quantitative trait locus Adip1. Journal of Lipid Research, 51(5), 907-13. https://doi.org/10.1194/jlr.M900128

Pavlicev, M., Le Rouzic, A., Cheverud, J. M., Wagner, G. P., & Hansen, T. F. (2010). Directionality of epistasis in a murine intercross population. Genetics, 185(4), 1489-505. https://doi.org/10.1534/genetics.110.118356



Wagner, G. P., Kenney-Hunt, J. P., Pavlicev, M., Peck, J. R., Waxman, D., & Cheverud, J. M. (2008). Pleiotropic scaling of gene effects and the 'cost of complexity'. Nature, 452(7186), 470-2. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature06756


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