Sanne Boessenkool

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Phone +47-22851805
Room 3427
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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 None 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic Interests

My research interests are focused on the evolutionary and ecological processes that drive population and species distributions over spatial and temporal scales. I’m particularly interested in the effects of anthropogenically-induced change, but also investigate biological responses to for example climate change. I specialise in the use of ancient DNA methods and my research covers an extensive temporal range from a few decades ago, up to the Holocene and Pleistocene. I work with a variety of taxa, including both animals and plants, and the genomic tools I employ in my studies range from multi-species metabarcoding markers to whole genome sequence data from single specimens. I have worked on a large diversity of ancient material – museum skins, feathers, seeds, bones, permafrost and lake sediments – and have experience with all parts of the laboratory methodology as well as the bioinformatic analyses of data generated using high-throughput sequencing technology. I have a broad interest, and the nature of my work and the questions I pursue cover a wide range of scientific fields, ranging from evolutionary biology, conservation biology to archaeology. I therefore enjoy working in a highly multidisciplinary research environment.

In the Palaeogenomics group at CEES we currently have several ongoing projects investigating dispersal and adaptation of biodiversity through human movement, trade and domestication in Viking Age and medieval northern Europe. Some of the taxa we are studying are horses, sheep, mice, cod and walrus. We are further involved in projects on ancient dispersal and adaptation of common beans and barley.

I’m partially on parental leave from 14.02.2017 until 06.02.2018.

Tags: Genomics, Nordic, Ancient DNA, Evolutionary biology, DNA, Population genetics

Publications

Peer-review publications

Star B, Boessenkool S, Gondek AT, Nikulina EA, Hufthammer AK, Pampoulie C, Knutsen H, Andre C, Nistelberger HM, Dierking J, Petereit C, Heinrich D, Jakobsen KS, Stenseth NC, Jentoft S, Barret JH (2017) Ancient DNA revels the Arctic origin of Viking age cod from Haithabu, Germany. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Early edition: doi: 10.1073/pnas.1710186114.

Boessenkool S, Hanghøj K, Nistelberger HM, Sarkissian CD, Gondek A, Orlando L, Barrett JH & Star B (2016) Combining bleach and mild pre-digestion improves ancient DNA recovery from bones. Molecular Ecology Resources 17: 742-751.

Nistelberger H, Smith O, Wales N, Star B & Boessenkool S (2016) The efficacy of high-throughput sequencing and target enrichment on charred archaeobotanical remains. Scientific Reports 6: 37347.

Gebremedhin B, Flagstad Ø, Bekele A, Chala D, Bakkestuen V, Boessenkool S, Popp M, Gussarova G, Schrøder- Nielsen A, Nemomissa S, Brochmann C, Stenseth NC & Epp LS. (2016) DNA metabarcoding suggests that the endangered Walia ibex is affected by diet competition with domestic goats. PLoSOne 11(7): e0159133.

Mazarella AB, Boessenkool S, Østbye K, Vøllestad LA & Trucchi E (2016) Genomic signatures of the plateless phenotype in the threespine stickleback. Ecology and Evolution 6: 3161-3173.

Paus A, Boessenkool S, Brochmann C. Epp LS, Fabel D, Haflidason H & Linge H (2015) Lake Store Finnsjøen - a key for understanding Late-Glacial/early Holocene vegetation and ice sheet dynamics in the Scandes mountains. Quaternary Science Reviews 121: 36-51.

Paus A, Boessenkool S, Brochmann C. Epp LS, Fabel D, Haflidason H & Linge H (2015) Lake Store Finnsjøen - a key for understanding Late-Glacial/early Holocene vegetation and ice sheet dynamics in the Scandes mountains. Quaternary Science Reviews 121: 36-51.

Epp LS, Gussarova G, Boessenkool S, Olsen J, Haile J, Schrøder-Nielsen A, Ludikova A, Hassel K, Stenøien HK, Funder SV, Willerslev E, Kjær K & Brochmann C (2015) Lake sediment multi-taxon DNA from North Greenland records early post-glacial appearance of vascular plants and accurately tracks environmental changes. Quaternary Science Reviews 117: 152-163.

Rawlence NJ, Perry GLW, Smith IWG, Scofiel RP, Tennyson AJD, Matisoo-Smith EA, Boessenkool S, Austin JA & Waters JM (2015) Radiocarbon-dating and ancient DNA reveal rapid replacement of extinct prehistoric penguins. Quaternary Science Reviews 112: 59-65.

Boessenkool S, McGlynn G, Epp LS, Taylor D, Pimentel M, Gizaw A, Nemomissa S, Brochmann C & Popp M (2014) Use of ancient sedimentary DNA as a novel conservation tool for high-altitude tropical biodiversity. Conservation Biology 28: 446-455.

Willerslev E, Davison J, Moora M, Zobel M, Coissac E, Edwards ME, Lorenzen ED, Vestergård M, Gussarova G, Haile J, Craine J, Gielly L, Boessenkool S, Epp LS, Pearman PB, Cheddadi R, Murray D, Bråthen KA, Yoccoz N, Binney H, Cruaud C, Wincker P, Goslar T, Alsos IG, Bellemain E, Brysting AK, Elven R, Sønstebø JH, Murton J, Sher A, Rasmussen M, Rønn R, Mourier T, Cooper A, Austin J, Möller P, Froese D, Zazula G, Pompanon F, Rioux D, Niderkorn V, Tikhonov A, Savvinov G, Roberts RG, MacPhee RDE, Gilbert MTP, Kjær KH, Orlando L, Brochmann C & Taberlet P (2014) Fifty thousand years of Arctic vegetation and megafaunal diet. Nature 506: 47-51.

Bellemain E, Davey ML, Kauserud H, Epp LS, Boessenkool S, Coissac E, Geml J, Edwards M, Willerslev E, Gussarova G, Taberlet P & Brochmann C (2013) Fungal paleodiversity revealed using high-throughput metabarcoding of ancient DNA from arctic permafrost. Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology Reports 15: 1176-1189.

Boessenkool S*, Epp LS*, Haile J, Bellemain E, Coissac E, Willerslev E & Brochmann C (2012) Blocking human contaminant DNA during PCR allows amplification of rare mammal species in sedimentary ancient DNA. Molecular Ecology 21: 1806-1815. *Contributed equally.

Epp LS*, Boessenkool S*, Bellemain EP, Haile J, Esposito A, Riaz T, Erse C, Gusarov V, Edwards ME, Johnsen A, Stenøien HK, Hassel K, Kauserud H, Yoccoz NG, Bråthen KA, Willerslev E, Taberlet P, Coissac E & Brochmann C (2012) New environmental metabarcodes for analysing soil DNA: potential for studying past and present ecosystems. Molecular Ecology 21: 1821-1833. *Contributed equally.

Parducci L, Jørgensen T, Tollesrufd MM, Elverland E, Alm T, Fontana S, Bennett KD, Haile J, Matetovici I, Suyama Y, Edwards M, Andersen K, Rasmussen R, Boessenkool S, Coissac E, Brochmann C, Taberlet P, Houmark-Nielsen M, Larsen NK, Orlando L, Gilbert, MTP, Kjær K, Alsos IG & Willerslev E (2012) Glacial survival of boreal trees in Northern Scandinavia . Science 335: 1083-1086.

Jørgensen T, Haile J, Möller P, Andreev A, Boessenkool S, Rassmussen M, Kienast F, Coissac E, Taberlet P, Brochmann C, Bigelow NH, Andersen K, Orlando L, Gilbert MTP & Willerslev E (2012) A comparative study of ancient sedimentary DNA, pollen and macrofossils from permafrost sediments of northern Siberia reveals long-term vegetational stability. Molecular Ecology 21: 1989-2003.

Jørgensen T, Kjær KH, Haile J, Rasmussen M, Boessenkool S, Andersen K, Coissac E, Taberlet P, Brochmann C, Orlando L, Gilbert MTP & Willerslev E (2012) Islands in the ice: detecting past vegetation on Greenlandic Nunataks using historical records and sedimentary ancient DNA meta-barcoding. Molecular Ecology 21: 1980-1988.

Boessenkool S, Star B, Scofield RP, Seddon PJ & Waters JM (2010) Lost in translation or deliberate falsification? Genetic analyses reveal erroneous museum data for historic penguin specimens. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 277: 1057-1064.

Boessenkool S, Star B, Seddon PJ & Waters JM (2010) Temporal genetic analyses indicate small effective population size of the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. Conservation Genetics 11: 539-546.

Lopes J.S. & Boessenkool S (2010) The use of approximate Bayesian statistics in conservation genetics and its application in a case study on yellow-eyed penguins. Conservation Genetics 11: 421-433.

Boessenkool S, Star B, Waters JM & Seddon PJ (2009) Multilocus assignment analyses reveal multiple units and rare migration events in the recently expanded yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes). Molecular Ecology 18: 2390-2400.

Boessenkool S, Austin JJ, Worthy TH, Scofield RP, Cooper A, Seddon PJ & Waters JM (2009) Relict or colonizer? Extinction and range expansion of penguins in southern New Zealand. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 276: 815-821.

Boessenkool S, King TM, Seddon PJ & Waters JM (2008) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from the yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes). Molecular Ecology Resources 8: 1043-4045.

Taylor SS, Boessenkool S & Jamieson IG (2008) Genetic monogamy in two long-lived New Zealand passerines. Journal of Avian Biology 39: 579-583.

Keeney DB, Boessenkool S, King TM, Leung TLF & Poulin R (2008) Effects of interspecific competition on asexual proliferation and clonal genetic diversity in larval trematode infections of snails. Parasitology 135: 741-747.

Boessenkool S, Taylor SS, Tepolt CK, Komdeur J & Jamieson IG (2007) Large mainland populations of South Island Robins retain greater genetic diversity than offshore island refuges. Conservation Genetics 8: 705-714.

Popular science publications

Boessenkool S (2013) Waitaha penguin: dynamic history revealed by DNA. In: Penguins: Their world, their ways. Eds De Roy, T, Jones, M & Cornthwaite, J. CSIRO Publishing. Pp 164-165.

Boessenkool S, Epp LS & Bellemain E (2011) Barcoding ancient DNA preserved in Arctic permafrost. META (magazine of the Norwegian metacentre for computational science) 1: 10-13.

 

Published Dec. 10, 2012 2:55 PM - Last modified Nov. 13, 2017 10:54 AM

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