Eline Lorenzen



Research Overview

The main focus of my research is evolutionary ecology of large mammals (megafauna), and I am broadly interested in how climate change, environmental shifts, and human impact have affected the past and present abundance, distribution and evolution of megafauna species and communities. So far, my work has encompassed three overall areas: (i) continental-scale biogeography, (ii) past demographic inference using ancient DNA, and (iii) demographic inference and signals of natural selection using population genomics. My work includes a strong field component, extensive wet-lab experience, and computational analysis.

Although my background is in zoology and population genetics, my research straddles the interface of several natural history disciplines and integrates molecular biology with the fields of palaeontology, palaeoecology, geology, macroecology, anthropology and climate change research. My work has a broad temporal span and geographic context, and has included projects in Africa, Eurasia, North America and Oceania. A common motivation uniting my projects is a keen interest in studying species and community dynamics over evolutionary timescales, and in merging comparative data sets from numerous species within a region or biome to understand overall evolutionary patterns.

Selected Publications

* indicates equal contribution

Willerslev E*, Davison J*, Moora M*, Zobel M*, Coissac E*, Edwards ME*, Lorenzen ED*, Madsen MV*, Gussarova G*, Haile J*, Craine J, Bergmann G, Gielly L, Epp LS, Boessenkool S, Pearman PB, Cheddadi R, Murray D, Bråthen KA, Yoccoz N, Binney H, Goslar T, Alsos IG, Bellemain E, Brysting AK, Elven R, Sønstebø JH, Rasmussen M, Andersen K, Rønn R, Mourier T, Cooper A, Möller P, Froese D, Zazula G, Tikhonov A, Savvinov G, Gilbert MTP, Kjœr K, Orlando L, Brochmann C, Taberlet P (2014) Fifty thousand years of arctic vegetation and megafauna diet. Nature 506, 47–51

Lorenzen ED, Heller R, Siegismund HR (2012) Invited review: Comparative phylogeography of African savannah ungulates. Molecular Ecology, 21, 3656–3670

Lorenzen ED*, Nogués-Bravo D*, Orlando L*, Weinstock J*, Binladen J*, Marske KA*, Ugan A, Borregaard MK, Gilbert MTP, Nielsen R, Ho SYW, Goebel T, Graf KE, Byers D, Stenderup JT, Rasmussen M, Campos PF, Leonard JA, Koepfli KP, Froese D, Zazula G, Stafford TW, Aaris-Sørensen K, Batra P, Haywood AM, Singarayer JS, Valdes PJ, Boeskorov G, Burns JA, Davydov SP, Haile J, Jenkins DL, Kosintsev P, Kuznetsova T, Lai X, Martin LD, McDonald HG, Mol D, Meldgaard M, Munch K, Stephan E, Sablin M, Sommer RS, Sipko T, Scott E, Suchard MA, Tikhonov A, Willerslev R, Wayne RK, Cooper A, Hofreiter M, Sher A, Shapiro B, Rahbek C and Willerslev E (2011) Species-specific responses of Late Quaternary megafauna to climate and humans. Nature, 479, 359-64