Conservation Palaeogenetics & Palaeoecology Group

The Prohaska group seeks to generate knowledge, methods, and tools relevant to resolving some of the key challenges in biodiversity conservation, including climate change, land use change and emerging diseases. We work at the interface of ancient genetics, palaeoecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation science to understand how species and ecosystems responded to past environmental change and how this understanding can inform conservation decision-making. 





Prohaska, A.*, Seddon, A.W.R., Rach, O., Smith, A., Sachse, D., Willis, K.J. Long-term ecological responses of a lowland dipterocarp forest to climate changes and nutrient availability. New Phytologist (2023). doi: 10.1111/nph.19169. Epub ahead of print. *Corresponding author

Prohaska, A.*, Seddon, A.W.R., Meese, B., Chiang, J.C.H., Willis, K.J., Sachse, D. Abrupt change in tropical Pacific climate mean state during the Little Ice Age. Communications Earth & Environment 4, 227 (2023). *Corresponding author

Wang, Y., Pedersen, M. W., Alsos, I. G., et al. (2021) Late Quaternary dynamics of Arctic biota from ancient environmental genomics. Nature, 1-7 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-04016-x. *These authors contributed equally to this work.

Grace M.K., et al. (2021) Testing a global standard for quantifying species recovery and assessing conservation impact. Conservation Biology Conservation Biology, 1–17 DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13756.

Prohaska A.*, Racimo A.*, Schork A. J.*, et al. (2019) Human disease variation in the light of population genomics. Cell 177, pp. 115–31. *These authors contributed equally to this work.

Cappellini E.*, Prohaska A.*, et al. (2018) Ancient biomolecules and evolutionary inference. Annual Review of Biochemistry 87, pp. 1029-1060. *These authors contributed equally to this work.



Ana Prohaska

Group Leader

Ana Prohaska

Assistant Professor, Tenure-track 



Reconstructing ancient plant populations using fossil pollen DNA


The Ancient Coral Genomics Project

Reconstructing coral reef response to past climate changes using ancient DNA

Photo credit: Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Great Adriatic Plain Project

Reconstructing plant and animal assemblages during the Last Glacial using ancient environmental DNA

Photo credit: Mauricio Antón (CC BY)

Group members

Name Title Co-supervised E-mail
Oluwatoosin Agbaje Postdoc with Karina K. Sand E-mail
Ivona Banicek Visiting PhD student, University of Zagreb E-mail
Christopher Bengt PhD student, British Geological Survey with Andrew Smith, British Geological Survey and Peter Wynn, Lancaster University E-mail
Milena Thiel Msc student With Nicole Posth E-mail