An integrative paleolimnological approach for studying evolutionary processes

Maria Cuenca-Cambronero* (Corresponding author), Colin J. Courtney-Mustaphi, Ryan Greenway, Oliver Heiri, Cameron M. Hudson, Leighton King, Kimberley D. Lemmen, Marvin Moosmann, Moritz Muschick, Nare Ngoepe, Ole Seehausen, Blake Matthews

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The field of paleolimnology has made tremendous progress in reconstructing past biotic and abiotic environmental conditions of aquatic ecosystems based on sediment records. This, together with the rapid development of molecular technologies, provides new opportunities for studying evolutionary processes affecting lacustrine communities over multicentennial to millennial timescales. From an evolutionary perspective, such analyses provide important insights into the chronology of past environmental conditions, the dynamics of phenotypic evolution, and species diversification. Here, we review recent advances in paleolimnological, paleogenetic, and molecular approaches and highlight how their integrative use can help us better understand the ecological and evolutionary responses of species and communities to environmental change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-496
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number6
Early online date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • adaptive radiation
  • environmental change
  • evolutionary ecology
  • paleolimnology
  • selective environments


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