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


Accepting PhDs

Email Address
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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.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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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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  • 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
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