Our group is carrying out both empirical and theoretical research in population genetics. Our main interest is to try to infer the relative importance of the factors that have shaped the present day genetic structure and variation of populations. One specific aspect that has interested us lately is the extent of local adaptation at different level of biological integration (phenotype, transcriptome, genome and genes). We currently work on different biological systems: the shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) and its relatives, Norway spruce and other spruce species, birches across Eurasia and the Euphrate’s poplar, a poplar species adapted to drought and found from Xinjiang in the East to Morocco in the West. Most of our theoretical work stems from questions encountered during the development of these and other empirical projects.
Kaj, I., Krone, S., Lascoux, M. 2001. Coalescent theory for seed bank models. J. Appl. Prob. 38:285-300
Petit,RJ, I Aguinagalde, JL de Beaulieu, C Bittkau, S Brewer, R Cheddadi, R Ennos, S Fineschi, D Grivet, M Lascoux, A Mohanty, G Müller-Starck, B Musch, A Palmé, S Rendell, GG. Vendramin. 2003. Glacial refugia: hotspots but not melting pots of genetic diversity. Science 300:1563-1565.
Heuertz, M, De Paoli, E, Källman, T, Larsson, I, Jurman, I, Morgante, M, Lascoux, M, Gyllenstrand, N, 2006. Multilocus patterns of nucleotide diversity, linkage disequilibrium and demographic history of Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst). Genetics 174:2095-2105.
Slotte, T., Huang, H., Lascoux, M. and A. Ceplitis 2008. Polyploid speciation did not confer instant reproductive isolation in Capsella (Brassicaceae). Mol Biol Evol 25:1472–1481.
Li Z, Zou J, Mao K, Källman T, Kao L, Li, H, Liu J, Lascoux M 2011. Coalescent analysis of demography and selection in four endemic juniper species of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Evolution (in press)