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.
Our paper on sexing Viking Age horses in Iceland has just been published! Congratulations and a great thanks to everyone who has contributed.
Bastiaan returned from a field expedition in northern Norway, together with Stein-Erik Lauritzen from the University of Bergen. The aim was to collected sediments from a rather old cave deposit (estimated to be over 100K years old) for sedaDNA analyses to reconstruct the species composition of past communities. This is a bone-rich deposit and we found several macrofossils, amongst others a beautifully preserved polar bear claw bone.