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.
2021 June Guest PhD coursea Sapienza Univrsity on Modeling Species Distribution with Bob Muscarella from Uppsala University photos here . January - The sedaDNA scientific society is born! 2020 December - With Giorgio Manzi's group at La Sapienza we received large-size grants from the University Research Call. September - Tim Temizyurek (Meme MSc students) join our group. - Sapienza has published PhD Call 2020-21 / 36th Cycle and assigned 12 postgraduate PhD positions in Environmental & Evolutionary Biology - Sapienza University publis the“BE-FOR-ERC Call” and assign fellowships for research projects of excellence - Online Ancient Environmental DNA Cyberinfrastructure Workshop organised by Neotoma and the University of Wisconsin. January - Erasmus students Luca Turolo and Katerina Tasiouli join our group. 2019 - October Laura start working at Sapienza University and is guest researcher at Uppsala University. July - We organize an ancient DNA session at the INQUA conference, Dublin. May - Fieldwork sampling ancient spruce clones in Dalarana and Jämtland, Sweden photos here. April - Laura elected chairman of the Swedish Fitogeographical Society SVS - Jill Pelto visits our Uppsala lab and sorganised 2 exhibitions at Uppsala and Tromsø Universities photos here. 2018 November - Apply for a postdoc position in our group at the Linnean Centre for Plant Biology! May - Together with the SVS Society we visited Monticchio Lake in southern Italy photos here. May - Linnaeus’ Day in Uppsala to celebrate Linnaeus’ birthday photos here June - We organized 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. July - We organize an ancient DNA session at the SEB meeting in Göteborg photos here August - New Phd student recruited: welcome to Kevin Nota in our group! March - Together with Katerina Guschanski we set up a new ancient DNA labotatory July - Göt the date for the annual SEB meeting in Gothenburg as we organized 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. October - At GFZ in Potsdam we sample sedimentary material from Monticchio long record for shotgun DNA analyses. September - The Swedish ScieLifeLab awards long-term bioinformatic support (WABI) to our group on metagenomic from ancient sediments. May - Outreaching at the Linnaeus’ Day in Uppsala to celebrate Linnaeus’ birthday photos here March - ScieLifeLab symposium on Ancient environmental DNA photos here. 2015 April - PhD course on Modeling Species Distribution under Past and Future Climate with Signe Normand from Aarhus University.