By investigating the DNA of several species of sparrows, researchers at CEES have shown that the house sparrow diverged from a sparrow in the Middle East – and started to digest starch-rich foods – when humans developed agriculture.
When studying climate change, it is often a problem that reliable, comparable data go back just a few decades. Long time series are in high demand, especially when it comes to the Earth’s cryosphere, consisting of glaciers, ice and frozen ground.
The Norwegian-based biology research centre CEES has made a lot of discoveries and pushed the frontiers in international science. The driving force behind CEES from start has been Professor Nils Chr. Stenseth, who is now stepping down as centre chair.