Department of Ecology and Genetics

Parducci Group: Forest Ecology and Palaeogenetics

We are interested in understanding the relationships existing between forest biodiversity and climate change in the past. Focusing on forest tree species in northern Europe, we study population dynamics, community change and species survival by combining genetic and genomic tools with palaecological and climatic data.

Over the past plant species have persisted through long periods of climate change including several glacial and interglacial periods. Plants response was principally migration and adaptation and the plant fossil record shows how fast trees migrated in response to the latest cooling and warming periods. In our group we use DNA from contemporary and fossil remains to study how genetic variation, demographic history and distributional ranges have been shaped through time.

The temporal perspective provides a direct past-to-present comparison and enables us to understand better the driving factors affecting range shifts and assist modelling analyses of future range shifts.

You can find more information about my research to the left (ongoing research) or at my personal homepage! 

 A Master project is available for motivated students.