Academic Year 2021-2022
Institution University of Aberdeen


School: School of Geosciences

Project: Exploring Past Biodiversity in Scotland and Ireland using Environmental Ancient DNA

Supervisors: Dr Linus Girdland Flink, Dr Gill Plunkett, & Professor Gordon Noble

Undergraduate Education: BSc Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham

Postgraduate Education: MSc Bioarchaeology, University of York

Research: I will apply ancient DNA techniques to soil and sediment samples from Scottish and Irish archaeological sites and combine the resulting data with pollen and macro-fossil analyses to assess flora and fauna. This data will provide insight into past biodiversity, and will contribute to reconstruction of the environment and activity local to the sites. As a result, I hope to demonstrate the utility of routine environmental ancient DNA analysis alongside traditional archaeological techniques to address questions surrounding regional biodiversity and ecosystems.


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