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SciLifeLab mini-symposium: Ancient Environmental DNA

Date: March 10, 2016

Venue: Rockefeller hall, Nobels väg 11, Karolinska Institutet Campus Solna (5 min walk from SciLifeLab)

Registration: Closed. The last day to register was February 26

Free bus shuttle: Bus transportation from/to SciLifeLab in Uppsala will be arranged:

       Departure from Husargatan 3, Uppsala at 7:40

       Departure from Nobels väg 11, Solna at 17:15


Ancient environmental DNA has emerged as an important proxy for paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic research during the past years. New molecular approaches now offer the unprecedented opportunity to unravel a wider spectrum of ancient faunal and floral remains than those identified by micro- or macrofossil analyses in ancient environments, including identification at lower taxonomic levels. As such, ancient DNA studies have the potential to revolutionise our understanding of the response of past ecosystems to climatic changes.

This mini-symposium will bring together scientists interested in the field of ancient environmental DNA and will provide an opportunity to present new results and discuss current ideas and techniques for the analysis of DNA data from ancient settings. Confirmed keynote speakers are Inger Greve Alsos, University of Tromsö, Francesco Ficetola, University of Grenoble-Alpes and Mikkel Winter Pedersen, University of Copenhagen.

Financial support for the mini-symposium comes from SciLifeLab and the Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University. The event is co-organised by SciLifeLab, Uppsala University, Stockholm University and the Bolin Centre for Climate Research.


Program and abstracts_Ancient environmental DNA_SciLifeLab mini-symposium (Click to access abstract book)




09.00 Arrival
09.20 Welcome words
Tanja Slotte, SciLifeLab; Laura Parducci, UU; Barbara Wohlfarth, SU
09.30 Plant DNA in sediments: to which degree do they reflect the flora?
Inger G Alsos
10.10 Metabarcoding recent anthropogenic impact on lakes
Miklós Bálint
10.20 Ancient DNA in lake sediments: shotgun metagenomic analyses
Engy Ahmed
10.30 Refreshments
10.50 Changes in genetic structure in sediment revived Chaetoceros populations
Anushree Sanyal
11.00 Have beavers engineered low-order streams and floodplains for thousands of years?
Annegret Larsen
11.10 Changes in the microbial communities of a deep sediment core form Ekoln lake
Omneya Ahmed Osman
11.20 Shotgun metagenomic analyses on ancient sediments
Mikkel Winther Pedersen
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Long-term changes of alpine landscapes revealed by lake sediment DNA
Gentile Francesco Ficetola
13.40 Needle in a Haystack: Searching for pathogens in ancient human metagenomic datasets
Meriam Guellil
13.50 When lipid biomarkers meet gene specific quantification: insight into a 150-year old record of phytoplankton community succession controlled by hydroclimatic variability in a tropical lake?
Nolwenn Callac
14.00 Refreshements
14.30 Short course on metagenomic analyses
Mikkel Winther Pedersen
16.00 Discussion



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