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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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
An absolute chronology for early Egypt using radiocarbon dating and Bayesian statistical modellingProceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences, vol. 469, no. 2159, 20130395Contributions to Journals: Articles
Use of domesticated pigs by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers in northwestern EuropeNature Communications, vol. 4, 2348Contributions to Journals: Articles
Archaeological, Morphological and Genetic Approaches to Pig DomesticationChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Pig domestication and human-mediated dispersal in western Eurasia revealed through ancient DNA and geometric morphometricsMolecular Biology and Evolution, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 824-832Contributions to Journals: Articles
Chalcolithic pig remains from Çamlibel Tarlasi, Central Anatolia.Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings