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.
2020 September - Tim Temizyurek (Meme MSc students) joined our group.
2020 - Online Ancient Environmental DNA Cyberinfrastructure Workshop organised by Neotoma and the University of Wisconsin
2020 January - Erasmus students Luca Turolo and Katerina joined our group.
2019 April - Laura is elected chairman of the Swedish Biogeographical Society SVS
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 June - We organize a session on ancient DNA from at the IPAL/IAL meeting in Stockholm.
2017 August - New Phd student recruited. Welcome Kevin Nota!
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 September - The Swedish ScieLifeLab awards long-term bioinformatic support (WABI) to our group on metagenomic from ancient sediments.