High-latitude Biodiversity

Terrestrial polar biodiversity is threatened by climate change, which may lead to the formation of new communities, rapid diversification, or, eventually, taxa loss. Within the research area “High-latitude Biodiversity”, the response of terrestrial polar biodiversity change to climate and land cover variability over late Pleistocene to present‐day warming is investigated. Our work focuses on the diversity of terrestrial plants and aquatic flora and relevant faunal taxa with different taxonomic depth, thereby we mainly regard community scale and sub‐species diversity of the selected key groups like diatoms and higher plants. Changes of biodiversity are traced by using environmental ancient DNA and microfossil analyses obtained from sediments, water and ice samples.


Dr. Heike Zimmermann

Dr. Amedea Perfumo

Jeremy Courtin (PhD)

Barbara von Hippel (PhD)

Sichao Huang (PhD)

Sisi Liu (PhD)

Stefano Meucci (PhD)

Luise Schulte (PhD)

Wei Shen (PhD)

Naimeng Zhang (PhD)

Iris Eder (MSc)

Antonia Schönberg (MSc)

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