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Department of Zoology


The newly established GeoGenetics Group in Cambridge focuses on a wide range of ecological and evolutionary questions, predominately through the application of NGS techniques, to better understand how populations, species and ecosystems change over time. We employ state-of-the-art experimental and computational approaches to generate new datasets and develop novel methods for their analyses. Areas of particular interest include population genetics, selective processes, adaptive evolution and biodiversity responses to past environmental change, as informed by ancient and modern omics data obtained from various species and sample types. The group has access to world-class ancient DNA, modern molecular biology and sequencing labs and facilities, and maintains close ties with the Centre for GeoGenetics Centre at the Natural History Museum in Denmark, Copenhagen, which is also led by Professor Eske Willerslev.