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


Accepting PhDs


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



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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  • 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.
    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. Gron, K. J., Sørensen, L., Rowley-Conwy, P. (eds.). Oxbow Books, pp. 145-159
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Reply to dee and kuitems: Our model is an expression of the uncertainties inherent in the radiocarbon data

    Ledger, P. M., Girdland-Flink, L., Forbes, V.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 116, no. 46, 22908
    Contributions to Journals: Letters
  • Ancient pigs reveal a near-complete genomic turnover following their introduction to Europe

    Frantz, L. A., Haile, J., Lin, A. T., Scheu, A., Geörg, C., Benecke, N., Alexander, M., Linderholm, A., Mullin, V. E., Daly, K. G., Battista, V. M., Price, M., Gron, K. J., Alexandri, P., Arbogast, R. M., Arbuckle, B., Bǎlǎşescu, A., Barnett, R., Bartosiewicz, L., Baryshnikov, G., Bonsall, C., Borić, D., Boroneanţ, A., Bulatović, J., Çakirlar, C., Carretero, J. M., Chapman, J., Church, M., Crooijmans, R., De Cupere, B., Detry, C., Dimitrijevic, V., Dumitraşcu, V., Du Plessis, L., Edwards, C. J., Erek, C. M., Erim-Özdoǧan, A., Ervynck, A., Fulgione, D., Gligor, M., Götherström, A., Gourichon, L., Groenen, M. A., Helmer, D., Hongo, H., Horwitz, L. K., Irving-Pease, E. K., Lebrasseur, O., Lesur, J., Malone, C., Manaseryan, N., Marciniak, A., Martlew, H., Mashkour, M., Matthews, R., Matuzeviciute, G. M., Maziar, S., Meijaard, E., McGovern, T., Megens, H. J., Miller, R., Mohaseb, A. F., Orschiedt, J., Orton, D., Papathanasiou, A., Pearson, M. P., Pinhasi, R., Radmanović, D., Ricaut, F. X., Richards, M., Sabin, R., Sarti, L., Schier, W., Sheikhi, S., Stephan, E., Stewart, J. R., Stoddart, S., Tagliacozzo, A., Tasić, N., Trantalidou, K., Tresset, A., Valdiosera, C., Van Den Hurk, Y., Van Poucke, S., Vigne, J. D., Yanevich, A., Zeeb-Lanz, A., Triantafyllidis, A., Gilbert, M. T. P., Schibler, J., Rowley-Conwy, P., Zeder, M., Peters, J., Cucchi, T., Bradley, D. G., Dobney, K., Burger, J., Evin, A., Girdland-Flink, L., Larson, G.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 116, no. 35, pp. 17231-17238
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • New horizons at L'Anse aux Meadows

    Ledger, P. M., Girdland-Flink, L., Forbes, V.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 116, no. 31, pp. 15341-15343
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Megalithic tombs in western and northern Neolithic Europe were linked to a kindred society

    Sanchez-Quinto, F., Malmström, H., Fraser, M., Girdland Flink, E., Svensson, E. M., Simoes, L., George, R., Hollfelder, N., Burenhult, G., Noble, G., Britton, K., Talamo, S., Curtis, N., Brzobohata, H., Sumberova, R., Götherström, A., Storå, J., Jakobsson, M.
    PNAS, vol. 116, no. 19, pp. 9469-9474
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Elucidating recent history by tracing genetic affinity of three 16th century miners from Sweden

    Krzewińska, M., Kjellström, A., Bäckström, Y., Ingvarsson, A., Kashuba, N., Rodríguez Varela, R., Girdland-Flink, L., Götherström, A.
    Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, vol. 19, pp. 651-657
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Genetic insight into an extinct population of asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in the near east

    Girdland-Flink, L., Albayrak, E., Lister, A. M.
    Open Quaternary, vol. 4, pp. 1-9
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Genomic Analyses of Pre-European Conquest Human Remains from the Canary Islands Reveal Close Affinity to Modern North Africans

    Rodríguez-Varela, R., Günther, T., Krzewińska, M., Storå, J., Gillingwater, T. H., MacCallum, M., Arsuaga, J. L., Dobney, K., Valdiosera, C., Jakobsson, M., Götherström, A., Girdland-Flink, L.
    Current Biology, vol. 27, no. 21, pp. 3396-3402
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • New genetic and morphological evidence suggests a single hoaxer created 'Piltdown Man'

    De Groote, I., Flink, L. G., Abbas, R., Bello, S. M., Burgio, L., Buck, L. T., Dean, C., Freyne, A., Higham, T., Jones, C. G., Kruszynski, R., Lister, A., Parfitt, S. A., Skinner, M. M., Shindler, K., Stringer, C. B.
    Royal Society Open Science, vol. 3, no. 10, 160328
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Unravelling the complexity of domestication: a case study using morphometrics and ancient DNA analyses of archaeological pigs from Romania

    Evin, A., Girdland Flink, L., Bălăşescu, A., Popovici, D., Andreescu, R., Bailey, D., Mirea, P., Lazăr, C., Boroneanţ, A., Bonsall, C., Vidarsdottir, U. S., Brehard, S., Tresset, A., Cucchi, T., Larson, G., Dobney, K.
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 370, no. 1660, 20130616
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Reply to Beavan, Bryant, and Storey and Matisoo-Smith: Ancestral Polynesian “D” haplotypes reflect authentic Pacific chicken lineages

    Thomson, V. A., Lebrasseur, O., Austin, J. J., Hunt, T. L., Burney, D. A., Denham, T., Rawlence, N., Wood, J. R., Gongora, J., Girdland Flink, L., Linderholm, A., Dobney, K., Larson, G., Cooper, A.
    PNAS, vol. 111, no. 35, pp. E3585-E3586
    Contributions to Journals: Letters
  • Establishing the validity of domestication genes using DNA from ancient chickens

    Girdland Flink, L., Allen, R., Barnett, R., Malmstrom, H., Peters, J., Eriksson, J., Andersson, L., Dobney, K., Larson, G.
    PNAS, vol. 111, no. 17, pp. 6184-6189
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Using ancient DNA to study the origins and dispersal of ancestral Polynesian chickens across the Pacific

    Thomson, V. A., Lebrasseur, O., Austin, J. J., Hunt, T. L., Burney, D. A., Denham, T., Rawlence, N. J., Wood, J. R., Gongora, J., Girdland Flink, L., Linderholm, A., Dobney, K., Larson, G., Cooper, A.
    PNAS, vol. 111, no. 13, pp. 4826-4831
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Exploring the complexity of domestication: a response to Rowley-Conwy and Zeder

    Evin, A., Girdland Flink, L., Krause-Kyora, B., Makarewicz, C., Hartz, S., Schreiber, S., von Wurmb-Schwark, N., Nebel, A., von Carnap-Bornheim, C., Larson, G., Dobney, K.
    World Archaeology, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 825-834
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The domestic pig (Sus scrofa f. domestica Linnaeus, 1758 or Sus domesticus, Erxleben 1777)

    Girdland Flink, L.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
  • An absolute chronology for early Egypt using radiocarbon dating and Bayesian statistical modelling

    Dee, M., Wengrow, D., Shortland, A., Stevenson, A., Brock, F., Girdland Flink, L., Bronk Ramsey, C.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences, vol. 469, no. 2159, 20130395
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Use of domesticated pigs by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers in northwestern Europe

    Kraus-Kyora, B., Makarewicz, C., Evin, A. M. J., Girdland Flink, L., Dobney, K., Larson, G., Hartze, S., Schreiber, S., von Carnap-Bornheim, C., von Wurmb-Schwark, N., Nebel, A.
    Nature Communications, vol. 4, 2348
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Archaeological, Morphological and Genetic Approaches to Pig Domestication

    Girdland Flink, L., Larson, G.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Pig domestication and human-mediated dispersal in western Eurasia revealed through ancient DNA and geometric morphometrics

    Ottoni, C., Girdland Flink, L., Evin, A., Geörg, C., De Cupere, B., Van Neer, W., Bartosiewicz, L., Linderholm, A., Barnett, R., Peters, J., Decorte, R., Waelkens, M., Vanderheyden, N., Ricaut, F., Çakırlar, C., Çevic, ?., Hoelzel, A. R., Mashkour, M., Mohaseb Karimlu, A. F., Skeikhi Seno, S., Daujat, J., Brock, F., Pinhasi, R., Hongo, H., Perez-Enisco, M., Rasmussen, M., Frantz, L., Megens, H., Crooijmans, R., Groenen, M., Arbuckle, B., Benecke, N., Strand-Vidarsdottir, U., Burger, J., Cucchi, T., Dobney, K., Larson, G.
    Molecular Biology and Evolution, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 824-832
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Chalcolithic pig remains from Çamlibel Tarlasi, Central Anatolia.

    Bartosiewicz, L., Gillis, R., Girdland Flink, L., Evin, A., Cucchi, T., Hoelzel, R., Vidarsdottir, U., Dobney, K., Larson, G., Schoop, U.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings


Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals