Siri Birkeland

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I’m an evolutionary biologist working with plants adapted to extreme environments. The main goal of my PhD project is to understand how some cruciferous plant species have adapted to a life in the Arctic region. Arctic plants have evolved broad suites of similar adaptations to the extreme light and temperature conditions north of the polar circle, and I’m interested to see if this is due to repeating evolutionary patterns at the genetic level (convergent molecular evolution). A big part of my PhD project is also to generate a genome assembly of an Arctic plant.   

My PhD is a part of the project “High Speciation Rates in the Arctic Flora”, where we try to understand the rapid development of reproductive isolation between Arctic plant populations. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

 

Main supervisor: Michael D. Nowak (University of Oslo)

Co-supervisors: A. Lovisa S. Gustafsson (University of Oslo), Anne Krag Brysting (University of Oslo), Tanja Slotte (University of Stockholm) 

 

Publications

  • Nowak, Michael; Birkeland, Siri; Mandáková, Terezie; Choudhury, Rimjhim Roy; Guo, Xinyi & Gustafsson, A Lovisa S [Show all 15 contributors for this article] (2020). The genome of Draba nivalis shows signatures of adaptation to the extreme environmental stresses of the Arctic. Molecular Ecology Resources. ISSN 1755-098X. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.13280.
  • Birkeland, Siri; Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Brysting, Anne Krag; Brochmann, Christian & Nowak, Michael (2020). Multiple Genetic Trajectories to Extreme Abiotic Stress Adaptation in Arctic Brassicaceae. Molecular Biology and Evolution (MBE). ISSN 0737-4038. 37(7), p. 2052–2068. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msaa068. Full text in Research Archive
  • Struck, Torsten H; Feder, Jeffrey L.; Bendiksby, Mika; Birkeland, Siri; Cerca De Oliveira, Josè & Gusarov, Vladimir [Show all 13 contributors for this article] (2017). Finding Evolutionary Processes Hidden in Cryptic Species. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. ISSN 0169-5347. 33(3), p. 153–163. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.11.007. Full text in Research Archive
  • Birkeland, Siri; Skjetne, Idunn Elisabeth Borgen; Brysting, Anne Krag; Elven, Reidar & Alsos, Inger Greve (2017). Living on the edge: conservation genetics of seven thermophilous plant species in a high Arctic archipelago. AoB Plants. ISSN 2041-2851. 9(1). doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plx001. Full text in Research Archive
  • Alsos, Inger Greve; Ehrich, Dorothee; Eidesen, Pernille Bronken; Solstad, Heidi Merethe; Westergaard, Kristine Bakke & Schonswetter, Peter [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2015). Long-distance plant dispersal to North Atlantic islands: colonization routes and founder effect. AoB Plants. ISSN 2041-2851. 7(1), p. 1–19. doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plv036. Full text in Research Archive
  • Westengen, Ola Tveitereid; Okongo, Mark Atam; Onek, Leo; Berg, Trygve; Upadhyaya, Hari & Birkeland, Siri [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2014). Ethnolinguistic structuring of sorghum genetic diversity in Africa and the role of local seed systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. ISSN 0027-8424. 111(39), p. 14100–14105. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1401646111.

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  • Danielsen, Dag Inge & Birkeland, Siri (2021). Hun avdekker arktiske planters frosne hemmeligheter. Titan.uio.no.
  • Birkeland, Siri; Slotte, Tanja; Brochmann, Christian; Brysting, Anne Krag; Gustafsson, Lovisa & Nowak, Michael D (2021). What can the cold-induced transcriptomes of Arctic Brassicaceae tell us about the evolution of cold tolerance?
  • Danielsen, Dag Inge & Birkeland, Siri (2021). Hvordan klarer plantene seg i ekstrem kulde i Arktis? Forskning.no. ISSN 1891-635X.
  • Birkeland, Siri; Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Brysting, Anne Krag; Brochmann, Christian & Nowak, Michael (2019). Same destination, but different roads? Overarching, but limited fine-scale molecular convergence in Arctic crucifers.
  • Nowak, Michael; Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Birkeland, Siri; Gizaw, Abel ; Rieseberg, Loren & Slotte, Tanja [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2018). Has historical introgression impacted the evolution of hybrid incompatibilities between populations of the Arctic plant Draba nivalis (Brassicaceae)? .
  • Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Gizaw, Abel ; Birkeland, Siri; Nowak, Michael; Gelete, Desalegn Chala & Slotte, Tanja [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2018). Evolution of postzygotic reproductive isolation in Arctic and Mediterranean plants.
  • Birkeland, Siri (2018). Hvordan har tre ulike plantearter tilpasset seg et liv i Arktis? Forskning.no. ISSN 1891-635X.
  • Birkeland, Siri; Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Brysting, Anne Krag; Brochmann, Christian & Nowak, Michael (2018). Testing for convergent signatures of selection in Arctic plants.
  • Struck, Torsten H; Feder, Jeffrey L.; Bendiksby, Mika; Birkeland, Siri; Cerca De Oliveira, Josè & Gusarov, Vladimir [Show all 13 contributors for this article] (2018). Cryptic Species – More Than Terminological Chaos: A Reply to Heethoff. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. ISSN 0169-5347. 33(5), p. 310–312. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2018.02.008.
  • Nowak, Michael; Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Seid, Abel Gizaw; Birkeland, Siri; Rieseberg, Loren & Slotte, Tanja [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2017). SpArc: Searching for genetic mechanisms of plant speciation in the Arctic.
  • Birkeland, Siri (2017). Lab-prosjekt for biologiklasse basert på SpArc (pollensterilitet hos Draba nivalis-hybrider).
  • Birkeland, Siri (2017). Hvordan jobber man som en forsker? SpArc-prosjektet som eksempel.
  • Birkeland, Siri; Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Slotte, Tanja; Brysting, Anne Krag; Brochmann, Christian & Nowak, Michael (2017). Testing for convergent molecular evolution in Arctic plants.
  • Støstad, Hanna Nyborg; Birkeland, Siri; Delsett, Lene Liebe & Rosing-Schow, Nanna (2017). Fire råd til deg som vil knuse glasstaket. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.). ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Grønbech, Marit Elisabeth; Bjureke, Kristina; Bøckman, Petter; Hansen, Bitten Bolvig; Wollan, Anders Kvalvåg & Rui, Siri [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2017). Fugleaktiviteter for barn og voksne i vinterferien.
  • Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Birkeland, Siri; Gizaw, Abel ; Rieseberg, LH; Slotte, Tanja & Nowak, Michael [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2017). Searching for genetic mechanisms of plant speciation in the Arctic.
  • Cerca de Oliveira, José; Birkeland, Siri; Magnussen, Trude & Kistenich, Sonja Daniela (2017). Forskere krangler om kryptiske arter. Forskning.no. ISSN 1891-635X.
  • Birkeland, Siri (2016). Hvordan jobber man som en forsker? SpArc-prosjektet som eksempel.
  • Birkeland, Siri; Gustafsson, A Lovisa S; Brysting, Anne Krag; Slotte, Tanja; Brochmann, Christian & Nowak, Michael (2016). Testing for convergent evolution of cold tolerance in Arctic plants.
  • Brysting, Anne Krag; Birkeland, Siri & Kaur Khalsa, Siri-Dharma (2012). Eksotiske frukter.

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Published June 29, 2019 1:47 PM - Last modified Apr. 14, 2022 8:56 AM