Palsbøll lab - Marine Evolution and Conservation

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Our research group employs empirical as well as simulated genetic and genomic data in conjunction with population and evolutionary genetic theory to study fundamental and applied aspects of marine evolution, ecology, animal behavior and conservation. Although the main focus of our research is on marine mammals, and especially large whales, we apply our studies across a wide range of species.

We also contribute to conceptual and theoretical aspects, such as defining management units, genetic tagging and inference methods based on kinship to infer contemporary dispersal rates and abundance, as well as Bayesian paternity inference, and non-equilibrium approaches, such as isolation-with-migration.

Our research benefits from an extensive network of collaborators, whose complementary knowledge and skill sets enable us to tackle the increasingly complex nature of marine evolution and ecology.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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