Algae evolution and adaptation – University of Copenhagen

Algae evolution and adaptation 

Our research group is new at the department. In the future we will be involved in the following reseach:

  • We are currently involved in an ERC proposal our new methodology for studying populations is coupled with population genetic analyses of fish and fish remains to address ecosystem-wide hypotheses on response to climate change
  • Combine our sediment exploration expertise with newly developed methods for plant carbohydrate analysis at the Section for Plant Glycobiology.
  • We have, with other partners at Section for Plant Glycobiology, developed a project proposal to explore the evolution of sexual reproduction by analyses of all major groups of eukaryote organisms.
  • We wish to expand our studies on utilisation of diatom silica frustules to include high-end photonic applications (in e.g. telecommunications) 


Selected publications

  • P. C. Watts, N. Lundholm, S. Ribeiro, M. Ellegaard. (2013) A century-long genetic record reveals that protist effective species population sizes are comparable to those of macroscopic species. Biol. Lett. 9, 20130849.
  • S. Ribeiro, T. Berje, N. Lundholm, M. Ellegaard. (2013) Tracing 100 years of ecophysiological variability in a marine phytoplankton species from the sedimentary record of living cysts. PlosOne 8: 1-8.
  • M. Ellegaard, R. Figueroa, G. Versteegh. (2013) Dinoflagellate life cycles and diversity: Key foci for future research. Special publication, The Micropalaeontological Society
  • S. Ribeiro, T. Berje, N. Lundholm, T.J. Andersen, F. Abrantes, M. Ellegaard. (2011) Phytoplankton growth after a century of dormancy illuminates past resilience to catastrophic darkness. Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1314.