Dr Love Dalén

Department of Molecular Systematics
Swedish Museum of Natural History
SE-10405 Stockholm, Sweden

Email: Love.Dalen@nrm.se
Phone: +46 (0) 8 5195 4281
ResearcherID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-6686-2008

Current Research:

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My general research interests are focused on the use of DNA technology to investigate the ecology of different species, and which evolutionary factors that in the past have determined the distribution and abundance of organisms.

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At present, the work we are doing in Stockholm is aimed at investigating how genetic variation, population structure and population size have changed over time, especially in the context of changes in climate during the Late Pleistocene (i.e. the last ice age). We are currently working on several projects on different vertebrate animals, for example lemmings, mammoths, cave lions and ptarmigan, using ancient DNA technology to access genetic information from fossils.


Geffen E, Kam M, Hefner R, Hersteinsson P, Angerbjörn A, Dalén L, Fuglei E, Norén K, Adams J, Vucetich J, Meier TJ, Mech DL, vonHoldt BM, Stahler DR, Smith DW, Wayne RK. (2012) Kin encounter rate and inbreeding avoidance in canids. Molecular Ecology, in press.

Rodriguez R, Ramirez O, Valdiosera CE, Garcia N, Alda F, Madurell-Malapeira J, Marmi J, Doadrio I, Willerslev E, Götherström A, Arsuaga JL, Thomas MG, Lalueza-Fox C, Dalén L. (2011) 50,000 years of genetic uniformity in the critically endangered Iberian lynx. Molecular Ecology 20: 3785-3795.

Norén K, Carmichael L, Dalén L, Hersteinsson P, Samelius G, Fuglei E, Kapel CMO, Menyushina I, Strobeck C, Angerbjörn A. (2011) Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) population structure: circumpolar patterns and processes. Oikos 120: 873-885.

Kodandaramaiah U, Weingartner E, Janz N, Dalén L, Nylin S. (2011) Population structure in relation to host-plant ecology and Wolbachia infestation in the comma butterfly. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 2173-2185.

Workman C, Dalén L, Vartanyan S, Shapiro B, Kosintsev P, Sher A, Götherström A, Barnes I. (2011) Population-level genotyping of coat colour polymorphism in woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius). Quaternary Science Reviews 30: 2304-2308.

Särnblad A, Danbolt M, Dalén L, Amir OA, Berggren P. (2011) Phylogenetic placement and population structure of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) off Zanzibar, Tanzania, based on mtDNA sequences. Marine Mammal Science 27: 431-448.

Nyström V, Dalén L, Vartanyan S, Lidén K, Ryman N, Angerbjörn A. (2010) Temporal genetic change in the last remaining population of woolly mammoth. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 2331-2337.

Arsuaga JL, Quam R, Daura J, Sanz M, Subirá ME, Dalén L, Götherström A. (2011) Neandertal mtDNA from an Upper Pleistocene human mandible from the Cova del Gegant (Spain). In: Continuity and Discontinuity in the Peopling of Europe (eds. Condemi S & Weniger GC). Springer, Dordrecht.

Herfindal I, Linnell JDC, Elmhagen B, Andersen R, Eide NE, Frafjord K, Henttonen H, Kaikusalo A, Mela M, Tannerfeldt M, Dalén L, Strand O, Landa A, Angerbjörn A. (2010) Population persistence in a landscape context: the case of endangered arctic fox populations in Fennoscandia. Ecography, 33: 1-10.

Stewart JR, Lister AM, Barnes I, Dalén L. (2010) Refugia revisited: individualistic responses of species in space and time. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 661–671.

Irestedt M, Fjeldså J, Dalén L, Ericson PGP. (2009) Convergent evolution, habitat shifts and variable diversification rates in the ovenbird-woodcreeper family (Furnariidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 9: 268.

Orr TJ, Lindenfors P, Dalén L, Angerbjörn A, Garland T. (2009) Delayed implantation in carnivores, causes and consequences and reproductive effort. Integrative and Comparative Biology 49: E127-E127.

Norén K, Kvaløy K, Nyström V, Landa A, Dalén L, Eide NE, Ostbye E, Henttonen H, Angerbjörn A. (2009) Farmed Arctic foxes on the Fennoscandian mountain tundra: implications for conservation. Animal Conservation 12: 434-444

Miller W, Drautz DI, Janecka JE, Lesk AM, Ratan A, Tomsho LP, Packard M, Zhang Y, McClellan LR, Qi J, Zhao F, Gilbert MTP, Dalén L, Arsuaga JL, Ericson PGP, Huson DH, Helgen KM, Murphy WJ, Götherström A, Schuster SC. (2009) The mitochondrial genome sequence of the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus). Genome Research 19: 213-220.

Gilbert MTP, Drautz DI, Lesk AM, Ho SYW, Qi J, Ratan A, Hsu CH, Sher A, Dalén L, et al. (2008) Intraspecific phylogenetic analysis of Siberian woolly mammoths using complete mitochondrial genomes. PNAS 105: 8327-8332.

Meijer T, Norén K, Hellström P, Dalén L, Angerbjörn A. (2008) Estimating population parameters in a threatened arctic fox population using molecular tracking and traditional field methods. Animal Conservation, 11: 330-338

Stewart JR, Dalén L. (2008) Is the glacial refugium concept relevant for northern species? Climatic Change, 86: 19-22.

Dalén L, Götherström A, Meijer T, Shapiro B. (2007) Recovery of DNA from footprints in the snow. Canadian Field Naturalist 121: 121-122

Gilbert MTP, Tomsho LP, Rendulic S, Packard M, Drautz DI, Sher A, Tikhonov A, Dalén L, et al. (2007) Whole-genome shotgun sequencing of mitochondria from ancient hair shafts. Science 317: 1927-1930.

Dalén L, Nyström V, Valdiosera C, Germonpré M, Sablin M, Turner E, Angerbjörn A, Arsuaga JL, Götherström A. (2007) Ancient DNA reveals lack of postglacial habitat tracking in the arctic fox. PNAS 104: 6726-6729.

Valdiosera CE, García N, Anderung C, Dalén L, Crégut-Bonnoure E, Kahlke RD, Stiller M, Brandström M, Thomas MG, Arsuaga JL, Götherström A, Barnes I. (2007) Staying out in the cold: glacial refugia and mitochondrial DNA phylogeography in ancient European brown bears. Molecular Ecology, 16: 5140–5148.

Geffen E, Waidyaratne S, Dalén L, Angerbjörn A, Vila C, Hersteinsson P, Fuglei E, White PA, Goltsman M, Kapel CMO, Wayne RK. (2007) Sea ice occurrence predicts genetic isolation in the Arctic fox. Molecular Ecology 16: 4241–4255.

Dalén L, Kvaløy K, Linnell JDC., Elmhagen B, Strand O, Tannerfeldt M, Henttonen H, Fuglei E, Landa A, Angerbjörn A. (2006) Population structure in a critically endangered arctic fox population: does genetics matter? Molecular Ecology 15: 2809-2819.

Nyström V, Angerbjörn A, Dalén L. (2006) Genetic consequences of a demographic bottleneck in the Fennoscandian arctic fox . Oikos 114: 84-94.

Valdiosera C, García N, Dalén L, Smith C, Kahlke R, Lidén K, Angerbjörn A, Arsuaga JL, Götherström A. (2006) Typing single polymorphic nucleotides in mitochondrial DNA as a way to access Middle Pleistocene DNA. Biology Letters 2: 601-603.

Nyström J, Ekenstedt J, Angerbjörn A, Thulin L, Hellström P, Dalén L. (2006) Golden eagles on the Swedish arctic tundra – diet and breeding success in relation to prey fluctuations. Ornis Fennica 83: 145–152.

Nyström J, Dalén L, Ekenstedt J, Angleby H, Angerbjörn A. (2006) The effect of local prey availability on gyrfalcon predation: DNA analysis on ptarmigan remains at nest sites. Journal of Zoology 269: 57-64.

Dalén L, Fuglei E, Hersteinsson P, Kapel CMO, Roth JD, Samelius G, Tannerfeldt M, and Angerbjörn A. (2005) Population history and genetic structure of a circumpolar species: the arctic fox. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 84: 79-89.

Malmström H, Storå J, Dalén L, Holmlund G, Götherström A. (2005) Extensive human DNA contamination in extracts from ancient dog bones and teeth. Molecular Biology and Evolution 22: 2040-2047.

Norén K, Dalén L, Kvaløy K, Angerbjörn A. (2005) Detection of farm fox and hybrid genotypes among wild arctic foxes in Scandinavia. Conservation Genetics 6: 885-894.

Dalén L, Elmhagen B, Angerbjörn A. (2004) DNA analysis on fox faeces and competition induced niche shifts. Molecular Ecology 13: 2389-2392.

Dalén L, Götherström A, Angerbjörn A. (2004) Identifying species from pieces of faeces. Conservation Genetics 5: 109-111.

Lindenfors P, Dalén L, Angerbjörn A. (2003) The monophyletic origin of delayed implantation in carnivores and its implications. Evolution 57, 1952-1955.

Dalén L, Götherström A, Tannerfeldt M, Angerbjörn A. (2002) Is the Fennoscandian arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) population genetically isolated? Biological Conservation 105: 171-178.

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