Research Projects

Genomics and extinction dynamics in the woolly mammoth

We are using a combination of whole genome and targeted sequencing to investigate the evolutionary history of the woolly mammoth, with particular emphasis on loss of genetic diversity and inbreeding during the last 10,000 years of the species' existence. The project is currently funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Genomes from the past

This project aims to use ca 100-year-old museum specimens to quantify the genetic consequences of demographic declines in populations and species that currently are threatened by extinction. This is being done using whole genome sequencing of both modern and historical samples from, for example, arctic foxes, mountain gorillas and Sumatran rhinos. The project is funded by the FORMAS research council.

Arctic Islands

The Arctic Islands project is a long-term project in collaboration with Stockholm University and Tromsö University, aimed at investigating the importance of high-latitude Arctic Islands as refugia for Arctic species during periods of warm climate. The project is built around a series of field expeditions to different locations in the Arctic, where both present and past ecosystems are examined using a combination of plant and animal surveys, as well as collection of remains and paleosediments for ancient DNA analysis. The project is supported by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.

SURVIVOR: Late-Pleistocene wolf evolution

This project investigates how different wolf populations have responded to climate change over the past 40,000 years. This is being done using whole genome sequencing of ancient wolf samples from across Northern Europe.
The project is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship being carried out by Dr. David Stanton, in collaboration with Dr. Pontus Skoglund. 

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