In our group we’re interested in using (ancient) DNA as a tool to answer a wide range of questions in ecology, evolution, and archaeology.
In our group we study spatial and temporal diversity in populations and species ranging from modern times to thousands of years of years in the past. We are interested in a diversity of topics, focusing on human induced change to biodiversity, historic trade patterns as well as responses to climate change since the Pleistocene. We primarily work on animals – ranging from fish to birds to mammals – but also have projects focusing on plants.
In most of our projects we use genetic data, ranging from whole genome (shotgun) resequencing to metabarcoding, and occasionally we’ll use reduced representation (hybridization capture) sequencing, or single marker PCR. Our work greatly benefits from the excellent infrastructure and expertise we have available locally, including the Norwegian Sequencing Centre, the CEES labs and the ancient DNA laboratory. We really enjoy collaborating closely with people with specialties in other disciplines, including archaeologists and paleontologists.
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. In addition, we work on the population genomics of Atlantic puffins and use sedimentary ancient DNA to reconstruct past environments. We are further involved in collaborative projects on ancient dispersal and adaptation of New Zealand snapper and common beans.