Galina Gusarova

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Phone +47 22851614
Room 112c, Botanical Museum
Visiting address Sars' gate 1 Tøyen
Postal address University of Oslo P.O. Box 1172 Blindern NCB - National Centre for Biosystematics Natural History Museum NO-0318 Oslo


Plant systematics: use of genetic and genomic markers in species identification and delimitation and for phylogenetic and phylogeographic inferences. Applications of the high-throughput screening approaches of DNA sequence variation (DNA metabarcoding) for species identification and biodiversity assessments in both modern and paleo systems. Taxonomy of Euphrasia species (Orobanchaceae). Euphrasia as a model group to address coalescent-based species delimitation, molecular dating, hybridization and polyploidization.


  • PhD in Botany (2000), St Petersburg State University
  • MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control (1993), The University of Manchester
  • MSc in Biology and Botany (1989), St Petersburg State University

Teaching and tutoring

Teaching at UiO:

Biogeography course BIO BIO4230/9230. Lectures and Computer lab on Phylogeography: Data analysis tools. Introduction to phylogeographic diffusion modelling with BEAST software. (MSc/PhD course).

Teaching at St Petersburg State University:

  • Introduction to Phylogenetics (MSc course);
  • Data analysis and Experimental Planning (MSc course)
  • Multivariate Data Analyses for Botanical Research (BSc course)

Ongoing and planned research projects

ECOCHANGE - Challenges in assessing and forecasting biodiversity and ecosystem changes in Europe

Tags: phylogeography, DNA metabarcoding, Plant systematics, phylogenetics, species delimitation, Euphrasia taxonomy


  • Orlova, Larisa; Gusarova, Galina; Glazkova, Elena; Egorov, Alexander; Potokin, Alexander & Ivanov, Sergey (2020). Systematics and distribution of spruce species in the North-West of Russia. Dendrobiology.  ISSN 1641-1307.  84, s 12- 29 . doi: 10.12657/denbio.084.002
  • Tusiime, Felly Mugizi; Seid, Abel Gizaw; Gusarova, Galina; Nemomissa, Sileshi; Popp, Magnus; Mirre, Virginia; Masao, Catherine Aloyce; Wondimu, Tigist; Muwanika, Vincent; Eilu, Gerald; Brochmann, Christian & Abdi, Ahmed Abdikhadir (2020). Afro-alpine flagships revisited: Parallel adaptation, intermountain admixture and shallow genetic structuring in the giant senecios (Dendrosenecio). PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  15(3), s 1- 22 . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0228979 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Garrett, Stephen; Twyford, Alex D.; Gusarova, Galina & Rønsted, Nina (2019). Target capture sequence analysis using Angiosperm353 nuclear gene bait set on hemi-parasitic Euphrasia, to unravel taxonomic complexities resulting from hybridisation, varying ploidy levels, and repeated evolution of autogamous lineages. Genome.  ISSN 0831-2796.  62(6), s 376- 377 . doi: 10.1139/gen-2019-0083
  • Pautov, Anatoly; Yakovleva, Olga; Krylova, Elena; Pautova, Irina & Gusarova, Galina (2018). Structural changes of large lipid droplets in stomatal complex of Trochodendron aralioides and their possible functional significance. Flora: Morphologie, Geobotanik, Oekophysiologie.  ISSN 0367-2530.  242, s 146- 154 . doi: 10.1016/j.flora.2018.03.016
  • Wang, Xumei; Gusarova, Galina; Ruhsam, Markus; de Vere, Natasha; Metherell, Chris; Hollingsworth, Peter M. & Twyford, Alex D. (2018). DNA barcoding a taxonomically complex hemiparasitic genus reveals deep divergence between ploidy levels but lack of species-level resolution. AoB Plants.  ISSN 2041-2851.  10(3) . doi: 10.1093/aobpla/ply026 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Gusarova, Galina (2017). New combinations in Nearctic endemic Euphrasia (Orobanchaceae). Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.  ISSN 1934-5259.  11(2), s 289- 290
  • Pautov, Anatoly; Bauer, Svetlana; Ivanova, Olga; Krylova, Elena; Sapach, Yulia & Gussarova, Galina (2017). Role of the outer stomatal ledges in the mechanics of guard cell movements. Trees.  ISSN 0931-1890.  31(1), s 125- 135 . doi: 10.1007/s00468-016-1462-x
  • Mewicha, Berihun Gebremedhin; Flagstad, Øystein; Bekele, Afework; Gelete, Desalegn Chala; Bakkestuen, Vegar; Boessenkool, Sanne; Popp, Magnus; Gusarova, Galina; Schrøder-Nielsen, Audun; Nemomissa, Sileshi; Brochmann, Christian; Stenseth, Nils Christian & Epp, Laura (2016). DNA metabarcoding reveals diet overlap between the endangered walia ibex and domestic goats - Implications for conservation. PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  11(7), s 1- 18 . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159133 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Olonova, Marina; Gussarova, Galina; Brysting, Anne Krag & Mezina, Natalia S. (2016). Introgressive hybridization in mesomorphic bluegrasses, Poa section Stenopoa, in western Siberia. Annales Botanici Fennici.  ISSN 0003-3847.  53(1-2), s 43- 55 . doi: 10.5735/085.053.0210
  • Pautov, Anatoly; Yakovleva, Olga; Krylova, Elena & Gussarova, Galina (2016). Large lipid droplets in leaf epidermis of angiosperms. Flora: Morphologie, Geobotanik, Oekophysiologie.  ISSN 0367-2530.  219, s 62- 67 . doi: 10.1016/j.flora.2015.12.010
  • Epp, Laura; Gussarova, Galina; Boessenkool, Sanne; Olsen, J.; Haile, J; Schrøder-Nielsen, Audun; Ludikova, A.; Hassel, Kristian; Stenøien, Hans K.; Funder, S.; Willerslev, Eske; Kjær, K. & Brochmann, Christian (2015). Lake sediment multi-taxon DNA from North Greenland records early post-glacial appearance of vascular plants and accurately tracks environmental changes. Quaternary Science Reviews.  ISSN 0277-3791.  117, s 152- 163 . doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.03.027 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Gussarova, Galina; Allen, Geraldine A.; Mikhaylova, Yulia; McCormick, Laurie J.; Mirre, Virginia; Marr, Kendrick L.; Hebda, Richard J. & Brochmann, Christian (2015). Vicariance, long-distance dispersal, and regional extinction-recolonization dynamics explain the disjunct circumpolar distribution of the arctic-alpine plant Silene acaulis. American Journal of Botany.  ISSN 0002-9122.  102(10), s 1703- 1720 . doi: 10.3732/ajb.1500072
  • Soininen, Eeva M; Gauthier, Gilles; Bilodeau, Frederic; Berteaux, Dominique; Gielly, Ludovic; Taberlet, Pierre; Gusarova, Galina; Bellemain, Eva; Hassel, Kristian; Stenøien, Hans K.; Epp, Laura; Schrøder-Nielsen, Audun; Brochmann, Christian & Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles (2015). Highly overlapping winter diet in two sympatric lemming species revealed by DNA metabarcoding. PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  10(1) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115335 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Skrede, Inger; Rowe, Heather C.; Gussarova, Galina; Borgen, Liv; Rieseberg, Loren; Brochmann, Christian & Parisod, Christian (2014). Genetics of cryptic speciation within an arctic Mustard, Draba nivalis. PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  9(4) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093834 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Soininen, Eeva M; Ehrich, Dorothee; Lecomte, Nicolas; Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles; Tarroux, Arnaud; Berteaux, Dominique; Gauthier, Gilles; Gielly, Ludovic; Brochmann, Christian; Gussarova, Galina & Ims, Rolf Anker (2014). Sources of variation in small rodent trophic niche: New insights from DNA metabarcoding and stable isotope analysis. Isotopes in environmental and health studies.  ISSN 1025-6016.  50(3), s 361- 381 . doi: 10.1080/10256016.2014.915824 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Willerslev, E; Davison, J; Moora, M; Zobel, M; Coissac, E; Edwards, ME; Lorenzen, ED; Vestergård, M; Gussarova, Galina; Haile, J; Craine, J; Gielly, L; Boessenkool, Sanne; Epp, Laura; Pearman, PB; Cheddadi, R; Murray, D; Bråthen, Kari Anne; Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles; Binney, H; Cruaud, C; Wincker, P; Goslar, T; Alsos, Inger Greve; Bellemain, Eva; Brysting, Anne Krag; Elven, Reidar; Sønstebø, Jørn Henrik; Murton, J; Sher, A; Rasmussen, M; Rønn, R; Mourier, T; Cooper, A; Austin, J; Moller, P; Froese, D; Zazula, Grant; Pompanon, F; Rioux, D; Niderkorn, Vincent; Tikhonov, A; Savvinov, G; Roberts, RG; Macphee, RDE; Gilbert, MTP; Kjær, KH; Orlando, L; Brochmann, Christian & Taberlet, P (2014). Fifty thousand years of Arctic vegetation and megafaunal diet. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  506(7486), s 47- 51 . doi: 10.1038/nature12921
  • Wondimu, Tigist; Gizaw, Abel; Mugizi, Felly; Masao, Catherine; Abdi, Ahmed Abdikhadir; Gussarova, Galina; Popp, Magnus; Nemomissa, Sileshi & Brochmann, Christian (2014). Crossing barriers in an extremely fragmented system: two case studies in the afro-alpine sky island flora. Plant Systematics and Evolution.  ISSN 0378-2697.  300(3), s 415- 430 . doi: 10.1007/s00606-013-0892-9
  • Bellemain, Eva; Davey, Marie; Kauserud, Håvard; Epp, Laura; Boessenkool, Sanne; Coissac, Eric; Geml, Jozsef; Edwards, Mary; Willerslev, Eske; Gussarova, Galina; Taberlet, Pierre & Brochmann, Christian (2013). Fungal palaeodiversity revealed using hight-throughput metabarcoding of ancient DNA from arctic permafrost. Environmental Microbiology.  ISSN 1462-2912.  15(4), s 1176- 1189 . doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12020
  • Masao, Catherine A.; Gizaw, Abel; Piñeiro, Rosalia; Tusiime, Felly M.; Wondimu, Tigist; Abdi, Ahmed A.; Popp, Magnus; Gussarova, Galina; Lye, Kåre; Munishi, Pantaleo; Nemomissa, Sileshi & Brochmann, Christian (2013). Phylogeographic history and taxonomy of some afro-alpine grasses assessed based on AFLPs and morphometry: Deschampsia cespitosa, D. angusta and Koeleria capensis. Alpine Botany.  ISSN 1664-2201.  123(2), s 107- 122 . doi: 10.1007/s00035-013-0119-2 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Soininen, Eeva Marjatta; Zinger, Lucie; Gielly, Ludovic; Bellemain, Eva; Bråthen, Kari Anne; Brochmann, Christian; Epp, Laura; Gusarova, Galina; Hassel, Kristian; Henden, John-André; Killengreen, Siw Turid; Rämä, Teppo; Stenøien, Hans; Yoccoz, Nigel & Ims, Rolf Anker (2013). Shedding new light on the diet of Norwegian lemmings: DNA metabarcoding of stomach content. Polar Biology.  ISSN 0722-4060.  36(7), s 1069- 1076 . doi: 10.1007/s00300-013-1328-2 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Gussarova, Galina; Alsos, Inger Greve & Brochmann, Christian (2012). Annual plants colonizing the Arctic? Phylogeography and genetic variation in the Euphrasia minima complex (Orobanchaceae). Taxon.  ISSN 0040-0262.  61(1), s 146- 160 . doi: 10.1002/tax.611011
  • Jiménez-Mejías, Pedro; Luceño, Modesto; Lye, Kåre; Brochmann, Christian & Gussarova, Galina (2012). Genetically diverse but with surprisingly little geographical structure: the complex history of the widespread herb Carex nigra (Cyperaceae). Journal of Biogeography.  ISSN 0305-0270.  39(12), s 2279- 2291 . doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02740.x
  • Bendiksby, Mika; Brysting, Anne Krag; Thorbek, Lisbeth; Gusarova, Galina & Ryding, Olof (2011). Molecular phylogeny and taxonomy of the genus Lamium L. (Lamiaceae): Disentangling origins of presumed allotetraploids. Taxon.  ISSN 0040-0262.  60(4), s 986- 1000 . doi: 10.1002/tax.604004 Show summary
  • Bendiksby, Mika; Schumacher, Trond; Gusarova, Galina; Nais, Jamili; Mat-Salleh, Kamarudin; Sofiyanti, Nery; Madulid, Domingo; Smith, Steven A. & Barkman, Todd (2010). Elucidating the evolutionary history of the Southeast Asian, holoparasitic, giant-flowered Rafflesiaceae: Pliocene vicariance, morphological convergence and character displacement. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  ISSN 1055-7903.  57(2), s 620- 633 . doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2010.08.005
  • Gusarova, Galina; Popp, Magnus; Vitek, E & Brochmann, Christian (2008). Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the bipolar Euphrasia (Orobanchaceae): Recent radiations in an old genus. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  ISSN 1055-7903.  48, s 444- 460
  • Gusarova, Galina (2007). Euphrasia amurensis, E-hirtella var. ramosa and var. karoiana (Orobanchaceae). Botanical journal of the Linnean Society.  ISSN 0024-4074.  154

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  • Gusarova, Galina (2019). Flora of North America North of Mexico: Vol. 17: Magnoliophyta: Tetrachondraceae to Orobanchaceae. Oxford University Press.  ISBN 0190868511.  768 s.

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  • Garrett, Stephen; Twyford, Alex D.; Gusarova, Galina & Rønsted, Nina (2019). Target capture sequence analysis using Angiosperm353 nuclear gene bait set on hemi-parasitic Euphrasia, to unravel taxonomic complexities resulting from hybridisation, varying ploidy levels, and repeated evolution of autogamous lineages.
  • Gusarova, Galina; Kamenova, Stefaniya; Coissac, Eric; Meyer, Pernille; Steinthorsdottir, Lilja; Loe, Leif Egil; Hansen, Brage Bremset; Utsi, Tove Aagnes; Varpe, Øystein; Lammers, Youri; Heintzman, Peter D.; Alsos, Inger Greve; Justin, Irvine & Brysting, Anne Krag (2019). Multi-locus DNA metabarcoding of diet provides new insights into the ecology and trophic interactions of a keystone herbivore species.
  • Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Borgen, Liv; Gusarova, Galina & Brochmann, Christian (2011). Cryptic Speciation in Arctic Plants.
  • Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Brochmann, Christian; Gusarova, Galina & Borgen, Liv (2011). Cryptic Speciation in the Arctic.
  • Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Brochmann, Christian; Borgen, Liv & Gusarova, Galina (2010). High Biological Species Diversity in the Arctic Flora?.
  • Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Parisod, Christian; Schranz, Eric; Borgen, Liv; Gusarova, Galina & Brochmann, Christian (2010). Genetics of Intrinsic Postzygotic Isolation in Draba nivalis (Brassicaceae).
  • Gustafsson, Lovisa; Borgen, Liv; Gusarova, Galina & Brochmann, Christian (2009). High Biological Species Diversity in the Arctic Flora?.
  • Gusarova, Galina; Popp, Magnus; Vitek, E & Brochmann, Christian (2007). Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of Euphrasia (Orobanchaceae).
  • Gusarova, Galina & Brochmann, Christian (2005). Systematics, phylogeny and biogeography of Euphrasia inferred from morphology and molecular markers.

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Published May 31, 2011 9:17 AM - Last modified Mar. 15, 2016 1:10 PM