Reconstructing past environments using ancient environmental DNA (eDNA) in the Paleo Environmental Genomics Group

The Paleo Environmental Genomics Group (PEGG) focus is to use shotgun sequenced ancient DNA and DNA metabarcoding. The aim is to reconstruct past environments in order to address scientific questions concerning the interaction between past humans – environments – climatic changes and their effect on species distribution, speciation, evolution, population structure and community compositions.

Mikkel W. Pedersen and others in the field collecting samples










































Pedersen et al. 2021. Environmental genomics of Late Pleistocene black bears and giant short-faced bears. Current Biology Vol. 31, Issue 12, Pages 2728-2736.e8. 

Pedersen et al. 2021. Ancient human genomes and environmental DNA from the cement attaching 2,000 year-old head lice nits. Molecular Biology and Evolution, msab351. 

Wang, Y. Pedersen, M. et al. 2021 Late Quaternary dynamics of Arctic biota from ancient environmental genomics. Nature 600, pages 86-92. 

Parducci, L. .... Pedersen, M.W. 2017. Ancient plant DNA in lake sediments. New Phytologist.

Pedersen et al. 2016. Postglacial viability and colonization in North America’s ice-free corridor. Nature 537, pages 45–49.

Full list of publications by Mikkel Winther Pedersen. 

























































































Group leader Mikkel Pedersen

Group Leader

Mikkel Winther Pedersen,
Assistant professor

Phone: +45 2927 5342

Group members

Name Title Phone E-mail

Name Title
Nicola Alexandra Vogel PhD Fellow
Rikai Sawafuji
Post Doc
Frederikke Marie Sønderborg Master student
Giulia Zampirolo PhD Student E-mail
Jon Michelsen Master student
Karsten Wiberg Andersen  PhD student E-mail