MA (Gotland), PhD (Durham), PgCert (LJMU)


Accepting PhDs

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+44 (0)1224 273693
Office Address

Room 201, Department of Archaeology, School of Geosciences
University of Aberdeen
St. Mary's, Elphinstone Road
AB24 3UF

School of Geosciences



MA Osteology (Gotland University, Sweden) 2008 

PhD Archaeogenetics (Durham University, UK) 2014

PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 2018 (Liverpool John Moores University)

Postdoc positions: 

Natural History Museum (London, UK) 2012-2013

University of Aberdeen 2013-2016 

Stockholm University 2015

Academic appointments

Lecturer & Senior Lecturer in Human Evolutionary Genetics (Liverpool John Moores University) 2016-2020

Lecturer in Biomolecular Archaeology (University of Aberdeen) 2020-present


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Research Overview

I specialise in ancient DNA analysis and am particularly interested in animal domestication and past human demography. I also have a keen interest in wet-lab ancient DNA methods.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Archaeology, Biological and Environmental Sciences.

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Accepting PhDs

Biological and Environmental Sciences

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Genetics
  • Archaeological Sciences
  • Archaeology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

Genome analysis of Early Medieval Picts of Scotland (via primary supervision of PhD student Adeline Morez at Liverpool John Moores University)

Assessing past biodiversity in Scotland and Ireland via environmental ancient DNA (NERC-funded QUADRAT PhD project at the University of Aberdeen) 

Past mobility and migration in prehistoric Scotland (University of Aberdeen-funded PhD project in collaboration with Marischal Museum, Aberdeen, and the Crick Institute, London)


My current supervision areas are: Archaeology, Biological and Environmental Sciences.

In addition to lead supervision at Aberdeen, I am lead supervisor for Miss Adeline Morez (Liverpool John Moores University)



Teaching Responsibilities

I teach a range of topics and on different courses, mainly linked to ancient biomolecules (and ancient DNA) and animal domestication. My teaching is a mix of lectures and tutorials (practicals, seminars, and workshops). 

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

Personal tutor


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  • New zooarchaeological evidence from Pictish sites in Scotland: implications for early medieval economies and animal-human relationships

    Masson-MacLean, E., Niehaus, S., Fraser, E., Lee, V., Prado, S., Czére, O., Fawcett, J., O'Driscoll, J., Girdland-Flink, L., Noble, G., Britton, K.
    Frontiers in Environmental Archaeology, vol. 2, 1208908
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • DNA study sheds light on Scotland’s Picts, and resolves some myths about them

    Girdland Flink, E., Morez, A.
    Contributions to Specialist Publications
  • Imputed genomes and haplotype-based analyses of the Picts of early medieval Scotland reveal fine-scale relatedness between Iron Age, early medieval and the modern people of the UK

    Morez, A., Britton, K., Noble, G., Günther, T., Götherström, A., Rodríguez Varela, R., Kashuba, N., Martiniano, R., Talamo, S., Evans, N., Irish, J., Donald, C., Girdland Flink, E.
    PLoS Genetics, vol. 19, no. 4, e1010360
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The genetic history of Scandinavia from the Roman Iron Age to the present

    Rodríguez-Varela, R., Moore, K. H., Ebenesersdóttir, S. S., Kilinc, G. M., Kjellström, A., Papmehl-Dufay, L., Alfsdotter, C., Berglund, B., Alrawi, L., Kashuba, N., Sobrado, V., Lagerholm, V. K., Gilbert, E., Cavalleri, G. L., Hovig, E., Kockum, I., Olsson, T., Alfredsson, L., Hansen, T. F., Werge, T., Munters, A. R., Bernhardsson, C., Skar, B., Christophersen, A., Turner-Walker, G., Gopalakrishnan, S., Daskalaki, E., Omrak, A., Pérez-Ramallo, P., Skoglund, P., Girdland-Flink, L., Gunnarsson, F., Hedenstierna-Jonson, C., Gilbert, M. T. P., Lidén, K., Jakobsson, M., Einarsson, L., Victor, H., Krzewińska, M., Zachrisson, T., Storå, J., Stefánsson, K., Helgason, A., Götherström, A.
    Cell, vol. 186, no. 1, pp. 32-46.e1
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Grey wolf genomic history reveals a dual ancestry of dogs

    Bergström, A., Stanton, D. W. G., Taron, U. H., Frantz, L., Sinding, M. S., Ersmark, E., Pfrengle, S., Cassatt-Johnstone, M., Lebrasseur, O., Girdland-Flink, L., Fernandes, D. M., Ollivier, M., Speidel, L., Gopalakrishnan, S., Westbury, M. V., Ramos-Madrigal, J., Feuerborn, T. R., Reiter, E., Gretzinger, J., Münzel, S. C., Swali, P., Conard, N. J., Carøe, C., Haile, J., Linderholm, A., Androsov, S., Barnes, I., Baumann, C., Benecke, N., Bocherens, H., Brace, S., Carden, R. F., Drucker, D. G., Fedorov, S., Gasparik, M., Germonpré, M., Grigoriev, S., Groves, P., Hertwig, S. T., Ivanova, V. V., Janssens, L., Jennings, R. P., Kasparov, A. K., Kirillova, I. V., Kurmaniyazov, I., Kuzmin, Y. V., Kosintsev, P. A., Lázničková-Galetová, M., Leduc, C., Nikolskiy, P., Nussbaumer, M., O’Drisceoil, C., Orlando, L., Outram, A., Pavlova, E. Y., Perri, A. R., Pilot, M., Pitulko, V. V., Plotnikov, V. V., Protopopov, A. V., Rehazek, A., Sablin, M., Seguin-Orlando, A., Storå, J., Verjux, C., Zaibert, V. F., Zazula, G., Crombé, P., Hansen, A. J., Willerslev, E., Leonard, J. A., Götherström, A., Pinhasi, R., Schuenemann, V. J., Hofreiter, M., Gilbert, M. T. P., Shapiro, B., Larson, G., Krause, J., Dalén, L., Skoglund, P.
    Nature, vol. 607, pp. 313–320
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Origins and genetic legacy of prehistoric dogs

    Bergström, A., Frantz, L., Schmidt, R., Ersmark, E., Lebrasseur, O., Girdland-Flink, L., Lin, A. T., Storå, J., Sjögren, K., Anthony, D., Antipina, E., Amiri, S., Bar-Oz, G., Bazaliiskii, V. I., Bulatović, J., Brown, D., Carmagnini, A., Davy, T., Fedorov, S., Fiore, I., Fulton, D., Germonpré, M., Haile, J., Irving-Pease, E. K., Jamieson, A., Janssens, L., Kirillova, I., Horwitz, L. K., Kuzmanovic-Cvetković, J., Kuzmin, Y., Losey, R. J., Dizdar, D. L., Mashkour, M., Novak, M., Onar, V., Orton, D., Pasarić, M., Radivojević, M., Rajković, D., Roberts, B., Ryan, H., Sablin, M., Shidlovskiy, F., Stojanović, I., Tagliacozzo, A., Trantalidou, K., Ullén, I., Villaluenga, A., Wapnish, P., Dobney, K., Götherström, A., Linderholm, A., Dalén, L., Pinhasi, R., Larson, G., Skoglund, P.
    Science, vol. 370, no. 6516, pp. 557-564
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Assessing the performance of quantity and quality metrics using the QIAGEN Investigator® Quantiplex® Pro RGQ kit

    Morrison, J., McColl, S., Loughelainen, J., Sheppard, K., May, A., Girdland-Flink, L., Watts, G., Dawnay, N.
    Science & Justice, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 388-397
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Do dental nonmetric traits actually work as proxies for neutral genomic data?: Some answers from continental- and global-level analyses

    Irish, J. D., Morez, A., Girdland Flink, L., Phillips, E. L. W., Scott, G. R.
    American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 172, no. 3, pp. 347-375
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • CoproID predicts the source of coprolites and paleofeces using microbiome composition and host DNA content

    Borry, M., Cordova, B., Perri, A., Wibowo, M. C., Honap, T. P., Ko, J., Yu, J., Britton, K., Girdland Flink, L., Power, R. C., Stuijts, I., Garcia, D. S., Hofman, C. A., Hagan, R. W., Kagone, T. S., Meda, N., Carabin, H., Jacobson, D., Reinhard, K., Lewis, Jr., C. M., Kostic, A., Jeong, C., Herbig, A., Hubner, A., Warinner, C.
    PeerJ, vol. 8, e9001
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • First farming in the north-western Mediterranean: evidence from Castellar-Pendimoun during the sixth millennium BCE

    Binder, D., Battentier, J., Bouby, L., Brochier, J. E., Carré, A., Cucchi, T., Delhon, C., De Stefanis, C., Drieu, L., Girdland-Flink, L., Evin, A., Goude, G., Gourichon, L., Guillon, S., Hamon, C., Thiébault, S.
    Farmers at the Frontier: A Pan European Perspective on Neolithisation. Gron, K. J., Sørensen, L., Rowley-Conwy, P. (eds.). Oxbow Books, pp. 145-159, 15 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
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