Elzbieta Iwaszkiewicz-Eggebrecht

Evolutionary geneticist

About me

Currently I’m doing a postdoc in Fredrik Ronquist Lab at the Naturhistoriska riksmuseet in Stockholm. I work within the Insect Biome Atlas project – massive effort to collect and describe insect communities in Sweden and Madagascar. I am mostly developing and implementing molecular and bioinformatic protocols to describe the insect fauna. My work involves metabarcoding as well as individual insect barcoding and development of insect abundance quantification methods.

I earned my PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön (Germany) working with Professor Arne W. Nolte and Professor Diethard Tautz. It focused on hybrid speciation and local adaptation (read more on it here).

I did my master studies in Oceanography and Marine Environment at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Sorbonne, Paris VI, France).
Before that, I studied Biology and Psychology at the University of Warsaw (Poland) and Oceanography with French at the University of Southampton (UK).

Outside of research I have a passion for science outreach and bio-hacking. Read about it here!

My Research

The diversity of life on Earth has always bewildered scientists!

My scientific interest is driven by fascination and urge to document and understand this diversity.


Biology is just…

a wonderfully exciting domain of science!
Regretfully the general public often perceives it as a topic that is extremely complicated, incomprehensible, demands high expertise and in addition is simply scary. “Genetic material”, “cloning” and “genetically modified organisms” are terms that often …


I enjoy taking photos with my old analog Russian ZENIT camera. Here I share with you a few of those from: Roscoff (France), Swiss Alps and Aletsch Glacier, Bremerhaven (Germany), Tokyo (Japan).