Seeber PA, Palmer Z , Schmidt A , Chagas A, Kitagawa K, Marinova-Wolff E, Tafelmaier Y, Epp LS (2023) The first European woolly rhinoceros mitogenomes retrieved from cave hyena coprolites suggest long-lasting phylogeographic differentiation. Biology Letters, 19: 20230343.

Seeber, P.A, Batke, L., Dvornikov, Y., Schmidt, A., Wang, Y, Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Moon, K.L., Shapiro, B., Epp, L.S. (preprint) Mitochondrial genomes of Pleistocene megafauna retrieved from recent sediment layers of two Siberian lakes. bioRxiv

Lopez-Blanco, C., Sahuquillo, M., Vicente, E., García-Alix, A., Epp, L.S. (2023) Notes on the ecology and distribution of a new waterflea complex (Daphniidae, Cladocera) revealed by new DNA barcodes in the Iberian Peninsula. Zoologica Scripta,

Williams, J. W., Blois, J., Capo, E., Goring, S., Heintzman, P. D., Monchamp, M.-E., Parducci, L., Spanbauer, T. L., von Eggers, J. M., Alsos, I. G., Bowler, C., Coolen, M. J. L., Cullen, N., Crump, S., Epp, L.S., Fernandez-Guerra, A., Grimm, E., Herzschuh, U., Mereghetti, A., Meyer, R. S., Pedersen, M. W., Pérez, V., Shapiro, B. Stoof-Leichsenring, K. R., Wood, J. (2023) Strengthening global-change science by integrating aeDNA with paleoecoinformatics Trends in Ecology and Evolution,

Wang, Y., Wessel, M., Pedersen, M., Epp, L.S. (2023) Spatial distribution of sedimentary DNA is taxon-specific and linked to local occurrence at intra-lake scale, Communications Earth and Environment 4, 17.

Kyalo-Omamo, M., Junginger, A., Krueger, J., Epp., L.S., Stoof-Leichsenring, K. R.,  Rohland, S., Trauth, M. H., Tiedemann, R. Sedimentary ancient DNA on rotifers reveal responses to 200 years of climate change in two Kenyan crater lakes (2023) Freshwater Biology.

Roch, S.#, Bartolin, P#, Baer, J, Vonlanthen, P, Epp, L.S. #Brinker, A.#, (2023) Endangered spined loach Cobitis species in southwest Germany – a complex network of native, hybrid, and newly emerged populations, #contributed equally, Fish Ecology and Management 30(3): 269-283.


Barouillet, C., Monchamp, M.E.., Bertilsson, S., Brasell, K., Domaizon, I., Epp, L.S., ... Capo, E. (2022) Sedimentary DNA research provides key insights into the effects of anthropogenic stressors on lake biota. Freshwater Biology.

von Hippel, B., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Schulte, L., Seeber, P. A., Epp, L. S., Biskaborn, B.K., Diekmann, B., Melles, Ml. Pestryakova, L., Herzschuh, U. (2022) Long-term fungus–plant co-variation from multi-site sedimentary ancient DNA metabarcoding in Siberia. Quaternary Science Reviews 295.

Seeber, P.A, Epp, L.S.  (2022) Environmental DNA and metagenomics of terrestrial mammals as keystone taxa of recent and past ecosystems. Mammal Review 52(4): 538-553.

Seeber, P.A., von Hippel, B., Kauserud, H., Löber, U., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Herzschuh, U., Epp, L.S.  (2022) Evaluation of lake sedimentary ancient DNA metabarcoding to assess fungal biodiversity in Arctic paleoecosystems. Environmental DNA 2022;00:1–14.

Ibrahim A*, Höckendorff S*, Schleheck D, Epp L.S.**, van Kleunen M** and Meyer A** (2022) Vegetation changes over the last centuries in the Lower Lake Constance region reconstructed from sediment-core environmental DNA. **shared senior authorship. Environmental DNA 2022;00:1–16.

Schaller, S, Böttcher, M.E., Buechi, M.W., Epp, L.S., Fabbri, S.C., Gribenski, N., Harms, U., Krastel, S., Liebezeit, A., Lindhorst, K., Marxen, H., Raschke, U., Schleheck, D., Schmiedinger, I., Schwalb, A., Vogel, H., Wessels, M., Anselmetti, F.S. (2022) Postglacial evolution of Lake Constance: sedimentological and geochemical evidence from a deep‑basin sediment core. Swiss Journal of Geosciences 115:7.

Chucholl, C., Chucholl, F, Epp, L.S., Brinker, A. (2022) Management of invasive, plague-carrying signal crayfish by physical exclusion barriers. Management of Biological Invasions 13(1):147-167.

Schure, A. T. M, Wang, Y., Chagas, A. L. J., Epp, L.S. (2022) Chapter 8 - aDNA from sediments. In: de Boer, H., Rydmark, M. O., Verstraete, B., Gravendeel, B. (eds) Molecular identification of plants: from sequence to species. Pensoft Advanced Books

Monchamp, M.E., Armbrecht, L., Capo, E., Coolen, M.J.L., Cordier, T., Domaizon, I., Epp, L.S., Giguet-Covex, C., Gregory-Eaves, I., Herzschuh, U., Parducci, L., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R. (2021) PaleoEcoGen: Unlocking the power of ancient environmental DNA to understand past ecological trends. Past Global Changes Magazine Vol. 29, No. 2: 102.


Liu, S, Kruse, S., Scherler, D., Ree, R. H., Zimmermann, H. H., Stoof-Leichsenring, K. R., Epp, L. S.,  Mischke, S., Herzschuh, U. (2021) Alpine habitat loss threatens the future plant diversity of the Tibetan Plateau. Nature Communications

Chucholl, F., Fiolka, F., Segelbacher, G., Epp, L.S. (2021) eDNA detection of native and invasive crayfish species allows for year-round monitoring and large-scale screening of lotic systems. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

Capo, Eric*, Giguet-Covex, Charline*, Rouillard, Alexandra*, Nota, Kevin*, Heintzman, Pete*, Vuillemin, Aurèle*, (...),Coolen, Marco J. L.**, Epp, Laura S.**, Domaizon, Isabelle**, Alsos, Inger G.**, Parducci, Laura** (2021) Lake sedimentary DNA research on past terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity: Overview and recommendations. *shared first authorship, ** shared senior authorship. Quaternary 4(1).

Meucci, S., Schulte, L., Zimmermann, H.H., Stoof-Leichsenring, K. R., Epp, L.S., Bronken Eidesen, P., Herzschuh, U. (2021) Holocene chloroplast genetic variation of shrubs (Alnus alnobetula, Betula nana, Salix sp.) at the Siberian tundra-taiga ecotone inferred from modern chloroplast genome assembly and sedimentary ancient DNA analyses. Ecology and Evolution 11:2173–2193.


Schulte, L., Bernhardt, N., Stoof-Leichsenring, K. R., Zimmermann, H.H., Pestryakova, L.A, Epp, L.S.*, Herzschuh, U. (2021) Hybridization capture of larch (Larix Mill) chloroplast genomes from sedimentary ancient DNA reveals past changes of Siberian forests. *2nd senior author. Molecular Ecology Resources 21:801–815.

Ibrahim, A., Capo, E., Wessels, M., Martin, I., Meyer, A., Schleheck, D.*, Epp, L.S.* (2020) Anthropogenic impact on the historical phytoplankton community of Lake Constance reconstructed by multimarker analysis of sediment-core environmental DNA. *shared senior author. Molecular Ecology 00:1–17.

Stoof-Leichsenring, K. R., Pestryakova, L.A, Epp, L.S., Herzschuh, U. (2020) Phylogenetic diversity and environment form assembly rules for Arctic diatom genera—A study on recent and ancient sedimentary DNA. Journal of Biogeography 47:1166–1179.


Zimmermann, H.H., Harms, L., Epp, L.S., Mewes, N., Bernhard, N., Kruse, S., Stoof-Leichsenring, K. R., Pestryakova, L.A., Wieczorek, M., Trense, D., Herzschuh, U. (2019) Chloroplast and mitochondrial genetic variation of larches at the Siberian tundra-taiga ecotone revealed by de novo assembly. PLoS One (7):e0216966.

Epp, L.S. (2019) A global perspective for biodiversity history with ancient environmental DNA. Molecular Ecology 28(10).

Kruse, S., Gerdes, A., Kath, N., Epp, L.S., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Pestryakova, L.A., Herzschuh, U. (2019) Dispersal distances and migration rates at the arctic treeline in Siberia – a genetic and simulation based study. Biogeosciences 16(6): 1211-1224.

Epp, L.S., Zimmermann, H.H., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R. (2019)  Sampling and extraction of ancient DNA from sediments. In: Shapiro B., Barlow A., Heintzman P., Hofreiter M., Paijmans J., Soares A. (eds) Ancient DNA. Methods in Molecular Biology, Springer series Methods in Molecular Biology. vol 1963. Humana Press, New York, NY.


Epp, L.S., Kruse, S., Kath, N.J., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Tiedemann, R., Pestryakova, L.A., Herzschuh, U.  (2018) Temporal and spatial patterns of mitochondrial haplotype and species distributions in Siberian larches inferred from ancient environmental DNA and modeling.  Scientific Reports. 8:17436.

Garcin, Y., Deschamps, P., Ménot, G., de Saulieu, G., Schefuß, E., Sebag, D. Dupont, L., Oslisly, R., Brademann, B., G. Mbusnum, K., Jean Michel, Onana & Ako, A., Epp, L.S., Tjallingii, R., Strecker, M., Brauer, A., Sachse, D. (2018). Reply to Giresse et al.: No evidence for climate variability dcuring the late Holocene rainforest crisis in Western Central Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115 (29): E6674-E6675. 10.1073/pnas.1808481115.

Garcin, Y., Deschamps, P., Ménot, G., de Saulieu, G., Schefuß, E., Sebag, D. Dupont, L., Oslisly, R., Brademann, B., G. Mbusnum, K., Jean Michel, Onana & Ako, A., Epp, L.S., Tjallingii, R., Strecker, M., Brauer, A., Sachse, D. (2018). Reply to Clist et al.: Human activity is the most probable trigger of the late Holocene rainforest crisis in Western Central Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115(21): E4735-E4736. 10.1073/pnas.1805582115.

Kruse, S., Epp, L.S., Wieczorek, M., Pestryakova, L.A., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Herzschuh, U. (2018) High gene flow and complex treeline dynamics on the Taymyr Peninsula (north-central Siberia), revealed by nuclear microsatellites of Larix. Tree Genetics & Genomes. 14(2).

Garcin, Y., Deschamps, P., Ménot, G., de Saulieu, G., Schefuß, E., Sebag, D. Dupont, L., Oslisly, R., Brademann, B., G. Mbusnum, K., Jean Michel, Onana & Ako, A., Epp, L.S., Tjallingii, R., Strecker, M., Brauer, A., Sachse, D. (2018). Early anthropogenic impact on Western Central African rainforests 2,600 y ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115(13): 32561-3266.

Before 2018

Peer revieved

Zimmermann, H.H., Raschke, E., Epp, L.S., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Schirrmeister, L., Schwamborn, G., Herzschuh, U. (2017) The history of tree and shrub taxa on Bol’shoy Lyakhovsky Island (New Siberian Archipe-lago) since the last interglacial uncovered by sedimentary ancient DNA and pollen data. Genes. 8 (10): 273.

Heinecke, L., Epp, L.S., Reschke, M., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Mischke, S., Plessen, B., Herzschuh, U. (2017) Aquatic macrophyte dynamics in Lake Karakul (Eastern Pamir) over the last 29 cal kyr BP revealed by sedimentary ancient DNA and geochemical analyses of macrosfossil remains. Journal of Paleolimnology, 58(3): 403-417.

Niemeyer, B., Epp, L.S., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Pestryakova, L.A., Herzschuh, U. (2017) Recording vegetation composition at the Siberian boreal treeline: A comparison between sedimentary DNA and pollen. Molecular Ecology Resources. 17(6): e46-e63.

Wieczorek, M., Kruse, S., Epp, L.S., Kolmogorov, A., Nikolaev, A., Heinrich, I. Jeltsch, F., Pestryakova, L.A., Zibulski, R., Herzschuh, U. (2017)   Dissimilar responses of larch stands in northern Siberia to increasing temperatures – a field and simulation based study. Ecology. 98(9): 2343-2355.

Zimmermann, H.H., Raschke, E., Epp, L.S., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Schwamborn, G., Schirrmeister, L., Overduin, P.P., Herzschuh, U. (2017). Sedimentary ancient DNA and pollen reveal the composition of plant organic matter in Late Quaternary permafrost sediments of the Buor Khaya Peninsula (north-eastern Siberia). Biogeosciences. 14(3): 575–596.

Gebremedhin, B., Flagstad, Ø., Bekele, A., Chala, D., Bakkestuen, V., Boessenkool, S., Popp, M., Gussarova, G., Schrøder-Nielsen, A., Nemomissa, S., Brochmann, C., Stenseth, N.C., Epp, L.S. (2016) DNA metabarcoding reveals diet overlap between the endangered Walia ibex and domestic goats - implications for conservation. PLoS One. 11(7): e0159133.

Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Herzschuh, U., Pestryakova, L.A., Klemm, J., Epp, L.S., Tiedemann, R. (2015) Genetic data from algae sedimentary DNA reflect the influence of environment over geography. Scientific Reports. 5, 12924.

Paus, A., Boessenkool, S., Brochmann, C., Epp, L.S., Fabel, D., Haflidason, H., Linge, H. (2015) Lake Store Finnsjøen - a key for understanding Late-Glacial/early Holocene vegetation and ice sheet dynamics in the central Scandes mountains. Quaternary Science Reviews. 121: 36 - 51.

Epp, L.S., Gussarova, G., Boessenkool, S., Olsen, J., Haile, J., Schrøder-Nielsen, A., Ludikova, A., Hassel, K., Stenøien, H. K., Funder, S., Willerslev E., Kjær, K., Brochmann, C. (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 117: 152 - 163.

Soininen, E.M., Gauthier, G., Bilodeau, F., Berteaux, D., Gielly, L., Taberlet, P., Gussarova, G., Bellemain, E.B., Hassel, K., Stenøien H. K., Epp, L.S.,  Schrøder-Nielsen, A., Brochmann, C., Yoccoz, N. (2015) Highly overlapping winter diet in two sympatric lemming species revealed by DNA metabarcoding. PLoS One 10(1): e0115335.

Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Bernhardt, N., Pestryakova, L.A., Epp, L.S., Herzschuh, U., Tiedemann R. (2014) A combined morphological/genetic analysis of diatoms reveals divergent evolutionary lineages of Staurosira and Staurosirella (Bacillariophyta) in Siberian lake sediments along a latitudinal transect. Journal of Paleolimnology 52(1-2):77-93.

Boessenkool, S., McGlynn, G., Epp, L.S., Taylor, D., Pimentel, M., Gizaw, A., Nemomissa, A., Brochmann, C., Popp, M. (2014) Use of ancient sedimentary DNA from a biodiversity hotspot in the humid tropics as a novel conservation tool. Conservation Biology 28(2): 446 - 455.

Willerslev, E., Davison, J., Moora, M., Zobel, M., Coissac, E., Edwards, M.E., Lorenzen, E.D., Vestergård, M., Gussarova, G., Haile, J., Craine, J., Gielly, L., Boessenkool, S., Epp, L.S., Pearman, P.B., Cheddadi, R. (...) Brochmann, C., Taberlet, P. (2014) Fifty thousand years of Arctic vegetation and megafaunal diet. Nature 506(7486): 47 - 51.

Soininen, E.M., Zinger, L., Gielly, L., Bellemain, E.P., Bråthen, K. A., Brochmann, C., Epp, L.S., Gussarova, G., Hassel, K., Henden, J.-A., Killengren, S.T., Rämä, T., Stenøien, H. K., Yoccoz, N. G., Ims, R. A. (2013) Shedding new light on the diet of Norwegian lemmings: DNA metabarcoding of stomach content. Polar Biology 36 (7):1069 - 1076.

Bellemain, E.P., Davey, M.L., Kauserud, H., Epp, L.S., Boessenkool, S., Coissac, E., Geml, J., Edwards, M.E., Willerslev, E., Gussarova, G., Taberlet, P., Haile, J., Brochmann, C. (2013) Fungal paleodiversity revealed using high-throughput metabarcoding of ancient DNA from arctic permafrost. Environmental Microbiology 15 (4): 1176 - 1189.

Epp, L.S., Boessenkool, S., Bellemain, E.P., Haile, J., Esposito, A., Riaz, T., Erséus, C., Gusarov, V., Edwards, M.E., Johnsen, A., Stenøien, H.K., Hassel, K., Kauserud, H., Yoccoz, N.G., Bråthen, K.A., Willerslev, E., Taberlet, P., Coissac, E., Brochmann, C. (2012) New environmental metabarcodes for analysing soil DNA: potential for studying past and present ecosystems. Molecular Ecology 21: 1821 - 1833.

Boessenkool, S., Epp, L.S., Haile, J., Bellemain, E., Edwards, M.E., Coissac, E., Willerslev, E., Brochmann, C. (2012) Blocking human contaminant DNA during PCR allows amplification of rare mammal species from sedimentary ancient DNA. Molecular Ecology 21: 1806 - 1815.

Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Epp, L.S., Trauth, M.H., Tiedemann, R. (2012) Hidden diversity in diatoms of Kenyan Lake Naivasha: a genetic approach detects temporal variation. Molecular Ecology 21: 1918 - 1930.

Epp, L.S., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Trauth, M.H., Tiedemann, R. (2011) Molecular profiling of diatom assemblages in tropical lake sediments using taxon-specific PCR and Denaturing High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (PCR-DHPLC). Molecular Ecology Resources. 11: 842 - 853.

Epp, L.S., Stoof, K.R., Trauth, M.H., Tiedemann, R. (2010) Historical genetics on a sediment core from a Kenyan lake: intraspecific genotype turnover in a tropical rotifer is related to past environmental changes. Journal of Paleolimnology. 43: 939 - 954. s10933-009-9379-7

Wörheide, G., Epp, L.S., Macis, L. (2008) Deep genetic divergences among Indo-Pacific populations of the coral reef sponge Leucetta chagosensis (Leucettidae): Founder effects, vicariance, or both? Bmc Evolutionary Biology. 8:24.

Other publications

Epp, L.S., Niemeyer, B., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Pestryakova, L.A., Herzschuh, U. (2017) Sedimentary DNA from Arctic treeline lakes: a reliable tool to distinguish vegetation types and record a high diversity of terrestrial plants. Barcode Bulletin. Vol. 8, No. 1: 14 - 16......................

Boessenkool, S., Epp L.S., Bellemain, E. (2011) Barcoding ancient DNA preserved in permafrost. META 1: 2011.