MA Osteology (Gotland University, Sweden) 2008
PhD Archaeogenetics (Durham University, UK) 2014
PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 2018 (Liverpool John Moores University)
Natural History Museum (London, UK) 2012-2013
University of Aberdeen 2013-2016
Stockholm University 2015
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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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.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Archaeology, Biological and Environmental Sciences.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Biological and Environmental SciencesSupervising
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)
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
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New zooarchaeological evidence from Pictish sites in Scotland: implications for early medieval economies and animal-human relationshipsFrontiers in Environmental Archaeology, vol. 2, 1208908Contributions to Journals: Articles
DNA study sheds light on Scotland’s Picts, and resolves some myths about themThe ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
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 UKPLoS Genetics, vol. 19, no. 4, e1010360Contributions to Journals: Articles
The genetic history of Scandinavia from the Roman Iron Age to the presentCell, vol. 186, no. 1, pp. 32-46.e1Contributions to Journals: Articles
Grey wolf genomic history reveals a dual ancestry of dogsNature, vol. 607, pp. 313–320Contributions to Journals: Articles
Origins and genetic legacy of prehistoric dogsScience, vol. 370, no. 6516, pp. 557-564Contributions to Journals: Articles
Assessing the performance of quantity and quality metrics using the QIAGEN Investigator® Quantiplex® Pro RGQ kitScience & Justice, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 388-397Contributions to Journals: Articles
Do dental nonmetric traits actually work as proxies for neutral genomic data?: Some answers from continental- and global-level analysesAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 172, no. 3, pp. 347-375Contributions to Journals: Articles
CoproID predicts the source of coprolites and paleofeces using microbiome composition and host DNA contentPeerJ, vol. 8, e9001Contributions to Journals: Articles
First farming in the north-western Mediterranean: evidence from Castellar-Pendimoun during the sixth millennium BCEFarmers at the Frontier: A Pan European Perspective on Neolithisation. Gron, K. J., Sørensen, L., Rowley-Conwy, P. (eds.). Oxbow Books, pp. 145-159, 15 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)