I study the ecology and evolution of forest plant populations: how genetics, demography and ranges of plants have changed during the climatic events of the last thousands of years. Over the past 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 plant populations changed their ranges in response to changing climates and how few tolerant species may have survived at high latitudes during glaciations. Plant populations have also changed population sizes and genetic composition due to drift and adaptation to new environments. In our group we use modern DNA from living individuals and ancient DNA from pollen, macrofossils and sediments from lakes to investigate all these changes.
2020 January - Two new Erasmus students, Luca Turolo from Italy and Katerina Tasiouli from Greece, joined our group.
2019 May - Fieldwork sampling ancient spruce clones in Dalarna and Jämtland, Sweden.
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! See here.
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.
2015 April - PhD course on Modeling Species Distribution under Past and Future Climate with Signe Normand from Aarhus University
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