The Plant Geography and Paleogenetic group led by Laura Parducci is currently based at the Department of Evironmental Biology at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) and at the department of Plant Ecology at Uppsala University (Sweden). In the group we study the ecology and the evolution of plant populations and how genetics, demography and ranges of plants have changed during the climatic events of the last glaciations.

Over the past hundred thousands of years plants have persisted through long periods of climate change including several glacial and interglacial periods. Pollen and macrofossil records from lake and peat archives show how populations changed their ranges in response to changing climates and suggest that some tolerant species perhaps survived at middle and high latitudes during glaciations (glacial survival hypothesis). Plants have also changed population sizes and genetic composition due to drift and adaptation to the new environments. To investigate all these changes we  use DNA from living populations and ancient DNA isolated from pollen, plant macrofossils and bulk lake sediments.

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2021 January - We very pleased to announce the birth of the sedaDNA scientific society!

2020 December - With Giorgio Manzi's group at La Sapienza we received large-size grants from the University Research Call 2020!

2020 September - Tim Temizyurek (Meme MSc students) joined our group.

2020 - Sapienza has published PhD Call 2020-21 / 36th Cycle to assign 12 postgraduate PhD positions in Environmental & Evolutionary Biology

2020 - Sapienza University has published theBE-FOR-ERC Callto assign fellowships for research projects of excellence.

2020 - Online Ancient Environmental DNA Cyberinfrastructure Workshop organised by Neotoma and the University of Wisconsin

2020- Laura now works at Sapienza University and is guest researcher at Uppsala University

2020 January - Erasmus students Luca Turolo and Katerina  joined our group.

2019 May - Fieldwork sampling ancient spruce clones in Dalarana and Jämtland, Sweden (photos).

2019 April - Laura is elected chairman of the Swedish Biogeographical Society SVS

2019 April - Jill Pelto visits our Uppsala lab and shows her artworks in two exhibitions organized at Uppsala and Tromsø University (photos).

2019 July - We organize an ancient DNA session at the INQUA conference, Dublin.

2018 November - Apply for a postdoc position in our group at the Linnean Centre.

2018 May - Together with the SVS Society we visit the Monticchio Lake in Basiilicata, Italy (photos). 

2018 May - We worked again at the Linnaeus’ Day in Uppsala to celebrate Linnaeus’ birthday (photos). 

2018 June - We organize a session on ancient DNA from at the IPAL/IAL meeting in Stockholm.

2017 November - The Swedish ScieLifeLab awards funding  to our group within the Swedish Biodiversity Program 2017.

2017 July -  We organize an ancient  DNA session at the SEB meeting in Göteborg (photos).

2017 August - New Phd student recruited. Welcome Kevin Nota!

2017 March - Together with Katerina Guschanski we we set up a common ancient DNA lab.

2017 July - Göt the date for the annual SEB meeting in Gothenburg. We organize a two-days session on Palaeogenomics and Ancient DNA

2016 November - The Swedish Research Council Formas awards funding for our research on metagenomic from ancient lake sediments.

2016 October - At GFZ we  sample sedimentary material from the Monticchio Lake long record for shotgune DNA analyses. 

2016 September - The Swedish ScieLifeLab awards long-term bioinformatic support (WABI) to our group on metagenomic from ancient sediments.

2016 May - We work at the Linnaeus’ Day in Uppsala to celebrate Linnaeus’ birthday (photos)

2015 April - We organise a PhD course on Modeling Species Distribution under Past and Future Climate with Signe Normand from Aarhus University.

2016 March - We arrange a ScieLifeLab symposium on Ancient environmental DNA (photos).