Predicting the future of the ocean from signatures of the past: Using marine sediment archives to understand adaptation of marine plankton to a changing environment Internal


Activity Overview

Type: Foresight Workshop
Start Date: June 4, 2018
End Date: June 6, 2018
Venue: Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki, Finland
Contact: Anke Kremp
E-mail: anke.kremp [at]
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2017 call for FWS and WG proposals
Total Budget: €7,500
Funds Granted: €7,500

Manager(s): Anke Kremp


The invited consortium of the workshop proposed here will bring together researchers working across a range of trophic levels, from viruses to zooplankton and even fish, within the fields of genomics and ancient DNA, resurrection ecology, evolutionary biology, biodiversity and climate modelling to set a horizon for this relatively new, but rapidly developing research area. The state of the art of the field will be reviewed, and the challenges and areas of development identified.

Expected outcomes

As an outcome it is anticipated that there will be a position paper drafted on the potential of marine resurrection ecology and on the necessary actions to establish and advance this field. The aim is to produce a roadmap for the coming decade that will serve as a framework for future research in the field. A concept for a first joint project proposal will be discussed and drafted that would strengthen the network and the resurrection community as such, but also open concrete possibilities for joint research. The funding possibilities for training networks of young scientists to learn state-of-the-art methods and technologies will be explored or prepared.


To express interest in participation and for more information please contact Anke Kremp anke [dot] krempatymparisto [dot] fi before May 4th 2018.


The workshop was attended by 11 participants whose respective fields of expertise included: Ecology, Evolution and Modeling, and included specializations in the different organism groups of bacteria, viruses, phytoplankton and zooplankton. 

During the 3 days of the workshop the different participants presented their ongoing relevant research and discussed future directions for the exploration of plankton sediment archives, e.g. in terms of plankton time series ranging beyond long term water column monitoring, reconstruction of food web interactions and plankton communities and their past ecological status. Part of the discussion time was also dedicated to new approaches and methods to be applied such as palaeo eDNA and functional gene sequencing on resurrected organisms. Finally, potential synergies were mapped and possibilities for joint future research were identified.


The participants produced a position paper titled "Dead or alive: sediment DNA archives as tools for aquatic system evolutionary ecology", which they submitted upon invitation to Nature Ecology and Evolution

The activities of the workshop was captured in a poster and led directly to the hosting of a session at the presitigious ASLO 2019 Conference, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico 23 February to 2 March 2019. Their session was called SS024 Reconstructing Adaptive Responses in Aquatic Ecosystems using Ancient DNA and Resurrection Ecology

The members also discussed the submission of a proposal based on their conclusions for the Horizon2020 MSCA-European Training Network January 2019 call.