Molecular Ecology and Global Climate Change | Lorenzen Group
My group studies the ecology and evolution of genetic and phenotypic diversification and historical biogeography in animals, mainly large mammals. To explore these questions we use wet lab and computational methods based on population genetics theory and phylogenetic inference to identify evolutionary forces that have shaped past and present patterns of biological diversity. We also use geometric morphometrics to understand patterns of phenotypic diversity within species and populations, linking morphological and genetic patterns. We actively use the unique mammal collections housed at the museum for our research.
We are currently working on projects on Arctic species (including polar bear, narwhal, beluga), Danish populations (incl otters), and extinct Ice Age megafauna (woolly rhino, woolly mammoth).