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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Memberships and Affiliations
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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Elucidating recent history by tracing genetic affinity of three 16th century miners from SwedenJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports, vol. 19, pp. 651-657Contributions to Journals: Articles
Genetic insight into an extinct population of asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in the near eastOpen Quaternary, vol. 4, pp. 1-9Contributions to Journals: Articles
Genomic Analyses of Pre-European Conquest Human Remains from the Canary Islands Reveal Close Affinity to Modern North AfricansCurrent Biology, vol. 27, no. 21, pp. 3396-3402Contributions to Journals: Articles
New genetic and morphological evidence suggests a single hoaxer created 'Piltdown Man'Royal Society Open Science, vol. 3, no. 10, 160328Contributions to Journals: Articles
Unravelling the complexity of domestication: a case study using morphometrics and ancient DNA analyses of archaeological pigs from RomaniaPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 370, no. 1660, 20130616Contributions to Journals: Articles
Reply to Beavan, Bryant, and Storey and Matisoo-Smith: Ancestral Polynesian “D” haplotypes reflect authentic Pacific chicken lineagesPNAS, vol. 111, no. 35, pp. E3585-E3586Contributions to Journals: Letters
Establishing the validity of domestication genes using DNA from ancient chickensPNAS, vol. 111, no. 17, pp. 6184-6189Contributions to Journals: Articles
Using ancient DNA to study the origins and dispersal of ancestral Polynesian chickens across the PacificPNAS, vol. 111, no. 13, pp. 4826-4831Contributions to Journals: Articles
Exploring the complexity of domestication: a response to Rowley-Conwy and ZederWorld Archaeology, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 825-834Contributions to Journals: Articles
The domestic pig (Sus scrofa f. domestica Linnaeus, 1758 or Sus domesticus, Erxleben 1777)Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries