Dr. Luisa Orsini

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Tel +44 (0)121 4145894


Environmental Genomics Group, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham,

B15 2TT, Birmingham, United Kingdom

My research aims to identify evolutionary responses of aquatic organisms to climatic and other anthropogenic changes and predict species adaptive potential, hence survival, to future changes. To meet this goal I study the keystone species Daphnia magna, widespread in freshwater ecosystems and sentinel for water quality. One of the most fascinating aspects of D. magna life cycle is the production of dormant embryos in response to environmental hardship. These embryos accumulate in sedimentary archives where they can remain in suspended animation for decades or even centuries. I use them as a resource to study evolutionary trajectories through time in response to environmental change.



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