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, 86-92. 

Kjær, K.H. Pedersen, M. et al. 2022 A 2-million-year-old ecosystem in Greenland uncovered by environmental DNA. Nature 612, 283–291.

Holman, L. et al. 2023 Perspectives and Future Developments Within Sedimentary DNA Research in Tracking Environmental Change Using Lake Sediments Vol 6. pp. 393–416.

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
Sawafuji, Rikai Guest Researcher +4535328189 E-mail
Sønderborg, Frederikke Marie Research Assistant   E-mail
Thomasen, Nils August Student +4531665633 E-mail

Name Title
Nicola Alexandra Vogel PhD Fellow
Frederikke Marie Sønderborg Master student
Yi Zhang
Master student
Kimberly Jørgensen Master student