Vanessa Carina Bieker
Background and activities
In my PhD project, I study Ambrosia artemisiifolia, an annual weed that is native to North America and became invasive upon introduction in Europe. I use historic herbarium samples and modern samples from the native as well as the invasive range to study changes over time. We hope to be able to identify the source population(s) that gave rise to the European population. Moreover, we will investigate the question what type of mutation (standing variation vs. de novo) contributes most to adaptation in the introduced range.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
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- (2022) Travel Tales of a Worldwide Weed: Genomic Signatures of Plantago major L. Reveal Distinct Genotypic Groups With Links to Colonial Trade Routes. Frontiers in Plant Science.
- (2020) Herbarium Collection-Based Plant Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. vol. 8.
- (2020) Metagenomic analysis of historical herbarium specimens reveals a postmortem microbial community. Molecular Ecology Resources. vol. 20.
- (2020) Low Prevalence of Lactase Persistence in Bronze Age Europe Indicates Ongoing Strong Selection over the Last 3,000 Years. Current Biology. vol. 30 (21).
- (2020) Ancient plant genomics in archaeology, herbaria, and the environment. Annual Review of Plant Biology. vol. 71.
- (2018) Implications and future prospects for evolutionary analyses of DNA in historical herbarium collections. Botany Letters. vol. 165 (3-4).