Love Dalén

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Love Dalén


I work at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, mainly with research on ancient DNA & population genetics. At the moment, we are working on several projects on different vertebrates, for example lemmings, mammoths, cave lions and ptarmigan.


Zoologiska institutionen: Systematik och evolutionsforskning
Personlig webbplats:
08-15 95 22
Frescativägen 40, Naturhistoriska riksmuseet
D 544
Stockholms universitet
Zoologiska institutionen: Systematik och evolutionsforskning
Box 50007, 104 05 Stockholm


Ancient DNA research is aimed at retrieving genetic data from historical specimens. This can involve anything from 100-year-old samples stored in a museum, to analyses on Ice Age species such as mammoth and cave bear. There is therefore a wide variety of questions one can address using ancient DNA technology, including the taxonomy of extinct species and extinction/recolonisation dynamics of populations through time.



J. M. Pujolar, L. Dalén, Remi-André Olsen, M. M. Hansen, J. Madsen. 2018. First de novo whole genome sequencing and assembly of the pink-footed goose. Genomics 110: 75-79.

Fredrik Dalerum, S. Freire, Anders Angerbjörn, N. Lecomte, A. Lindgren, Tomas Meijer, Patricia Pečnerová, Love Dalén. 2018. Exploring the diet of arctic wolves (Canis lupus arctos) at their northern range limit. Canadian Journal of Zoology 96: 277-281.

Vendela K. Lagerholm, Karin Norén, Dorothee Ehrich, Rolf A. Ims, Siw T. Killengreen, Natalia I. Abramson, Jukka Niemaa, Anders Angerbjörn, Heikki Henttonen, Love Dalén. 2017. Run to the hills - gene flow among mountain areas leads to low genetic differentiation in the Norwegian lemming. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 121: 1-14.

Karin Norén, Love Dalén, Øystein Flagstad, Dominique Berteaux, Johan Wallén, Anders Angerbjörn. 2017. Evolution, ecology and conservation—revisiting three decades of Arctic fox population genetic research. Polar Research 36.

Fredrik Dalerum, Love Dalén, Christina Fröjd, Nicolas Lecomte, Åsa Lindgren, Tomas Meijer, Patrícia Pečnerová, Anders Angerbjörn. 2017. Spatial variation in Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) populations around the Hall Basin. Polar Biology 40: 2113-2118.

Karin Norén, Erika Godoy, Love Dalén, Tomas Meijer, Anders Angerbjörn. 2016. Inbreeding depression in a critically endangered carnivore. Molecular Ecology 25: 3309-3318.

Erik Ersmark, Ludovic Orlando, Edson Sandoval-Castellanos, Ian Barnes, Ross Barnett, Anthony Stuart, Adrian Lister, Love Dalén. 2015. Population demography and genetic diversity in the Pleistocene cave lion. Open Quaternary 1.

Georgios Xenikoudakis, Erik Ersmark, J. -L. Tison, L. Waits, J. Kindberg, J. E. Swenson, Love Dalén. 2015. Consequences of a demographic bottleneck on geneticstructure and variation in the Scandinavian brown bear. Molecular Ecology 24: 3441-3454.

Jean-Luc Tison, Veronica Nyström Edmark, Edson Sandoval-Castellanos, Hans Van Dyck, Toomas Tammaru, Panu Valimäki, Love Dalén, Karl Gotthard. 2014. Signature of post-glacial expansion and genetic structure at the northern range limit of the speckled wood butterfly. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 113: 136-148.

Karin Norén, Pall Hersteinsson, Gustaf Samelius, Nina E. Eide, Eva Fuglei, Bodil Elmhagen, Love Dalén, Tomas Meijer, Anders Angerbjörn. 2012. From monogamy to complexity - social organization of arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) in contrasting ecosystems. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90: 1102-1116.

E. Geffen, Michael Kam, R. Hefner, P. Hersteinsson, Anders Angerbjörn, Love Dalén, E. Fuglei, Karin Norén, J. R. Adams, J. Vucetich, T. J. Meier, L. D. Mech, B. M. von Holdt, D. R. Stahler, R. K. Wayne. 2011. Kin encounter rate and inbreeding avoidance in canids. Molecular Ecology 20: 5348-5358.

Anna Särnblad, Magnus Danbolt, Love Dalén, Omar A. Amir, Per Berggren. 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.

Karin Norén, Lindsey Carmichael, Love Dalén, Páll Hersteinsson, Gustaf Samelius, Eva Fuglei, Christian M. O. Kapel, Irina Menyushina, Curtis Strobeck, Anders Angerbjörn. 2011. Arctic fox Vulpes lagopus population structure - circumpolar patterns and processes. Oikos 120: 873-885.

John Stewart, Adrian Lister, Ian Barnes, Love Dalén. 2010. Refugia revisited - individualistic responses of species in space and time. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 277: 661-671.

Martin Irestedt, Jon Fjeldså, Love Dalén, Per Ericson. 2010. Convergent evolution, habitat shifts and variable diversification rates in the ovenbird-woodcreeper family (Furnariidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 9.

Veronica Nyström, Love Dalén, Sergey Vartanyan, Kerstin Lidén, Nils Ryman, Anders Angerbjörn. 2010. Temporal genetic change in the last remaining population of woolly mammoth. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 277: 2331-2337.

Karin Norén, Kirsti Kvaloy, Veronica Nyström, Arild Landa, Love Dalén, Nina E. Eide, Eivind Ostbye, Heikki Henttonen, Anders Angerbjörn. 2009. Farmed arctic foxes on the Fennoscandian mountain tundra - implications for conservation. Animal Conservation 12: 434-444.

Lové Dalén, Anders Götherström, Tomas Meijer, B Shapiro. 2008. Recovery of DNA from Footprints in the snow. Canadian field-naturalist 121: 321-324.

Love Dalén, Veronica Nyström, Cristina Valdiosera, Mietje Germonpre, Mikhail Sablin, Elaine Turner, Anders Angerbjörn, Juan Luis Arsuaga, Anders Götherström. 2007. Ancient DNA reveals lack of postglacial habitat tracking in the arctic fox. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104: 6726-6729.

C. Valdiosera, N. Garcia, L. Dalen, C. Smith, R. D. Kahlke, K. Liden, A. Angerbjörn, J. L. Arsuaga, A. Götherström. 2006. Typing single polymorphic nucleotides in mitochondrial DNA as a way to access Middle Pleistocene DNA. Biology Letters 2: 601-603.

Jesper Nyström, Johan Ekenstedt, Anders Angerbjörn, Linda Thulin, Peter Hellström, Love Dalén. 2006. Golden Eagles on the Swedish mountain tundra - diet and breeding success in relation to prey fluctuations. Ornis Fennica 83: 145-152.

Love Dalén, K. Kvaloy, J. D. C. Linnell, Bodil Elmhagen, O. Strand, M. Tannerfeldt, H. Henttonen, E. Fuglei, A. Landa, Anders Angerbjörn. 2006. Population structure in a critically endangered arctic fox population - does genetics matter? Molecular Ecology 15: 2809-2819.

Veronica Nyström, Anders Angerbjörn, Love Dalén. 2006. Genetic consequences of a demographic bottleneck in the Scandinavian arctic fox. Oikos 114: 84-94.

Jesper Nyström, Love Dalén, Johan Ekenstedt, Helen Angleby, Anders Angerbjörn. 2006. Effect of local prey availability on gyrfalcon diet - DNA analysis on ptarmigan remains at nest sites. Journal of Zoology 269: 57-64.

Love Dalén, Eva Fuglei, Pall Hersteinsson, Christion M.O. Kapel, James D. Roth, Gustaf Samelius, Magnus Tannerfeldt, Anders Angerbjörn. 2005. Population history and genetic structure of a circumpolar species - the arctic fox. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 84: 79-89.

Love Dalén, Bodil Elmhagen, Anders Angerbjörn. 2004. DNA analysis on fox faeces and competition induced niche shifts. Molecular Ecology 13: 2389-2392.

Love Dalén, Anders Götherström, Anders Angerbjörn. 2004. Identifying species from pieces of faeces. Conservation Genetics 5: 109-111.

Patrik Lindenfors, Love Dalén, Anders Angerbjörn. 2003. A monophyletic origin of delayed implantation and its implications. Evolution 57: 1952-1956.

Love Dalén, Anders Götherström, Magnus Tannerfeldt, Anders Angerbjörn. 2002. Is the endangered Fennoscandian arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) population genetically isolated? Biological Conservation 105: 171-178.

Övrigt vetenskapligt

Eleftheria Palkopoulou, Mateusz Baca, Natalya Abramson, Pavel Socha, Adam Nadakowski, Stefan Prost, Metje Germonpré, Pavel Kosintsev, Nickolay Smirnov, Sergey Vartanyan, Dmitry Ponomarev, Johanna Nyström, Pavel Nikolskiy, Chris Jass, Litvinov Yuriy, Daniela Kalthoff, Semyon Grigoriev, Tatyana Fadeeva, Thomas Higham, Erik Ersmark, John Stewart, Piotr Weglénski, Anna Stankovic, Love Dalén. Palaeogenetic analyses reveal wide-spread Pleistocene range fluctuations in the collared lemming.

Eleftheria Palkopoulou, Swapan Mallick, Pontus Skoglund, Jacob Enk, Nadin Rohland, Heng Li, Ayca Omrak, Sergey Vartanyan, Hendrik Poinar, Anders Götherström, David Reich, Love Dalén. Genome-wide signatures of demographic change and Holocene genetic decline in the extinct woolly mammoth.

Anna Särnblad, Love Dalén, Jeremy Kiszka, Tim Collins, Omar A. Amir, Anders Angerbjörn, Per Berggren. Population structure and diversity of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in the western Indian Ocean.

Veronica Nyström, Joanne Humphrey, Pontus Skoglund, Niall McKeown, Mattias Jakobsson, Sergey Vartanyan, Kerstin Lidén, Ian Barnes, Anders Angerbjörn, Adrian Lister, Love Dalén. Microsatellite genotyping reveals end-Pleistocene shift in mammoth autosomal genetic variation.

Jens M. Nielsen, Matteo Fussilli, Rodrigo Esparza-Salas, Love Dahlén, Monika Winder. Marine zooplankton diet preferences across species, life stages and seasons using DNA barcoding.

Erik Ersmark, Gennady Baryshnikov, Tom Higham, Alain Argant, Doris Döppes, Mietje Germonpré, Kerstin Lidén, Grzegorz Lipecki, Adrian Marciszak, Martina Pacher, Jan Storå, Martin Sabol, Christina Valdiosera, Aritza Villaluenga, John Stewart, Love Dalén. Genetic revolutions and northern survival during the last glacial maximum in European brown bears.

Erik Ersmark, Cornelya Klütsch, Yvonne Chan, Love Dalén, Mikkel Sinding-Larsen, Thomas Gilbert, Lars Arvestad, Steven R. Fain, Natalia Illarionova, Mattias Oskarsson, Mathias Uhlén, Ya-Ping Zhang, Peter Savolainen. From the past to the present: Wolf phylogeography and demographic history based on the mitochondrial control region.

Steve Smith, Edson Sandoval-Castellanos, Vendela Kempe Lagerholm, Hannes Napierala, Michael Sablin, Johanna Nyström, Florian A. Fladerer, Mietje Germonpré, Piotr Wojtal, John R. Stewart, Love Dalén. Non-receding hare lines: genetic continuity since the Late Pleistocene in European mountain hares (Lepus timidus).

Jean-Luc Tison, Yvonne Chan, Love Dalén, Serge Planes. Indo-Pacific population genetic  structure and demographic history of a highly abundant and widespread coral reef fish, Acanthurus triostegus.

Karin Norén, Páll Hersteinsson, Gustaf Samelius, Nina E. Eide, Eva Fuglei, Bodil Elmhagen, Love Dalén, Tomas Meijer, Anders Angerbjörn. From monogamy to complexity - Arctic fox social organization.

Lee Koren, Devorah Matas, Patrícia Pečnerová, Love Dalén, Alexei Tikhonov, M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Eli Geffen. Testosterone in ancient hair from an extinct species.

Patrícia Pečnerová, David Díez-Del-Molino, Eleftheria Palkopoulou, Pontus Skoglund, Alexei Tikhonov, Pavel Nikolskiy, Sergey Vartanyan, Love Dalén. Pre-extinction population dynamics and genome erosion in the woolly mammoth.