Event

Using ancient DNA to obtain long-term perspectives in the marine environment

  • Wed 30 Mar 22

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Colchester Campus

    STEM 3.1

  • Event speaker

    Bastiaan Star

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Life Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Dr Anna Sturrock

Please note that this seminar is being held on a Wednesday instead of our normal Thursday slot and has now been moved to STEM 3.1

Improved biomolecular methods, including ancient DNA, can provide novel insights in the responses of marine populations to a changing climate, the onset of human exploitation and the development of long-distance trade networks. Nonetheless, such approaches are not without their challenges.

In this seminar, Bastiaan Star provide examples of how we have addressed some of these challenges and what we can learn through interdisciplinary approaches studying modern, historic and ancient marine specimens.

Speaker

Bastiaan is an evolutionary biologist. He uses a range of genomic tools (including ancient DNA) to investigate how genetic variation, population structure and population size have changed over time during the onset of human exploitation and the development of long-distance trade networks.

He has a particular interest in the marine environment, performing research into a broad range of organisms across the globe, including Atlantic walrus, Atlantic/Pacific cod, herring, New Zealand snapper, right whales, and Sirenians. He enjoys collaborating with archaeologists, zooarchaeologists, historians and ecologists to study modern and ancient specimens up to thousands of years old. 

How to attend

This seminar is being held in person in STEM 3.1 (STEM Centre on Square 1, Colchester campus). You can also watch via Zoom (meeting ID: 925 4561 0277)

If you have any queries about this seminar please email Dr Anna Sturrock (anna.sturrock@essex.ac.uk).

Please note that due to the deviation from our normal schedule, this seminar is being held on a Wednesday. We were originally hosting in STEM 4.1 but have now managed to book to STEM 3.1.

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