Arild Husby

Affiliation: Uppsala University, SE

Keywords: Phenotypic plasticity, Adaptation, Statistical genetics, Seasonality.



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Arild Husby completed his MSc in quantitative biology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2005 before moving to Edinburgh to take up a Marie Curie PhD position in quantitative genetics (awarded in 2010). He then moved to Uppsala University for a post doc position before being awarded a grant from the Norwegian Research Council to return to NTNU to study genomics of phenotypic plasticity using two wild bird populations as model system. In 2014 he was recruited to University of Helsinki for a tenure-track position in ecological genomics and to start his own group. In 2015 he was awarded a large national grant from the Norwegian Research Council (“Young talented researcher”) and in 2016 he was elected as fellow of the Young Academy of Europe. In 2018 he moved to Uppsala University for a lectureship where he is currently based and has his own research group.

His research focuses on understanding how organism can adapt to changing environmental conditions, in particular the genetic basis of adaptation to phenotypic traits that are involved in seasonal rhythms. He has published over 40 papers in leading scientific journals, is regular part of PhD thesis examinations and reviewer for grant funding bodies (e.g. National Science Foundation, Swedish research council, Estonian research council) and for many different scientific journals. Husby is actively engaged in science policy through YAE (vice chair of selection committee for life sciences) and a strong advocate of evidence based policy making.