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.
About the group
We study spatial and temporal changes in populations and species over hundreds to thousands of years, with a specific focus on human induced change and historic trade patterns. We primarily work on animals – ranging from fish to birds to mammals – and also have some projects focusing on plants.
Our methods focus on whole genome (shotgun) resequencing, 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 are further involved in collaborative projects on ancient dispersal and adaptation of New Zealand snapper, common beans and barley.
Sanne and Anneke joined the coring team of the VIKINGS project for field work as the start of an exiting new collaboration with: UiO's Department of Geosciences, Department of Archaeology, The Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, and the Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen.
The VIKINGS project aims reconstruct the climate of the early historic period, and resolve how volcanic eruptions and their environmental impacts facilitated societal changes during the Viking era. We'll be doing sedaDNA analyses to uncover the impact of human settlements on the plant species composition.
We just published new aDNA perspective paper in Evolutionary Applications focusing on the potential of retrieving DNA from ancient fish remains with our collaborators from New Zealand and the United Kingdom. We also got the news this week that Tom Oosting (the first author) has received a travel grant for a visit to our laboratory again for about 6 to 7 weeks this autumn.
New job opportunities at our group! We are hiring two new PhDs candidates, as part of the Seachanges Innovative Training Network, funded by the European Union. You can find the two positions and how to apply here and here. Please note that you have to apply before the 21th of May. This is a great opportunity to do a PhD and become part of an international, interdisciplinary research network. If you have any questions, contact Bastiaan Star.
Be sure to also check out the eligibility criteria.
This project is set to be funded by the European Union's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 under Grant Agreement No. 813383, subject to the final conclusion and signing of the Grant Agreement. The European Research Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
And more funding news - we got a grant from Nansenfondet for our work on Atlantic puffins! It will be exciting to see this project unfold.
We're excited that the UiO:Life Sciences Convergence Environment project on Medical Plant use in the Age of Exploration (REA:Life) has been funded! Looking forward to being part of this great consortium and working on this exciting project across the social and natural sciences.