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Natural Sciences and Psychology

Dr Linus Girdland Flink

Dr Linus Girdland Flink

Telephone: 0151 231 2614

Biography

I am a palaeogeneticist specialising in extracting and analysing DNA from ancient bones, teeth, soils and sediments.

My primary research interests are animal domestication and the Neolithic transition in West Eurasia (including human migration and its role in shaping the cultural landscape of prehistoric Europe).


Academic appointments:

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Archaeological Research Laboratory (Arkeologiska Forskningslaboratoriet, AFL), Stockholm University, Nov 2015 - Jan 2016

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology & Centre for Genome-Enabled Biology and Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Oct 2013 - Jan 2016

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Earth Sciences Department, Natural History Museum, Jan 2012 - Sep 2013

Languages

Swedish

Degrees

Durham University, United Kingdom, PhD
Gotland University, Sweden, MA

Publications

Highlighted publications

Rodríguez-Varela R, Günther T, Krzewińska M, Storå J, Gillingwater TH, MacCallum M, Arsuaga JL, Dobney K, Valdiosera C, Jakobsson M, Götherström A, Girdland-Flink L. 2017. Genomic Analyses of Pre-European Conquest Human Remains from the Canary Islands Reveal Close Affinity to Modern North Africans Current Biology, 27 :3396-3402.e5 >DOI

De Groote I, Flink LG, Abbas R, Bello SM, Burgia L, Buck LT, Dean C, Freyne A, Higham T, Jones CG, Kruszynski R, Lister A, Parfitt SA, Skinner MM, Shindler K, Stringer CB. 2016. New genetic and morphological evidence suggests a single hoaxer created 'Piltdown man' ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE, 3 >DOI >Link

Flink LG, Allen R, Barnett R, Malmström H, Peters J, Eriksson J, Andersson L, Dobney K, Larson G. 2014. Establishing the validity of domestication genes using DNA from ancient chickens Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 :6184-6189 >DOI

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-X, Çakırlar C, Çevik Ö, Hoelzel AR, Mashkour M, Mohaseb Karimlu AF, Sheikhi Seno S, Daujat J, Brock F, Pinhasi R, Hongo H, Perez-Enciso M, Rasmussen M, Frantz L, Megens H-J, Crooijmans R, Groenen M, Arbuckle B, Benecke N, Strand Vidarsdottir U, Burger J, Cucchi T, Dobney K, Larson G. 2013. Pig Domestication and Human-Mediated Dispersal in Western Eurasia Revealed through Ancient DNA and Geometric Morphometrics Molecular Biology and Evolution, 30 :824-832 >DOI

Journal Articles

Rodríguez-Varela R, Günther T, Krzewińska M, Storå J, Gillingwater TH, MacCallum M, Arsuaga JL, Dobney K, Valdiosera C, Jakobsson M, Götherström A, Girdland-Flink L. 2017. Genomic Analyses of Pre-European Conquest Human Remains from the Canary Islands Reveal Close Affinity to Modern North Africans Current Biology, 27 :3396-3402.e5 >DOI

De Groote I, Flink LG, Abbas R, Bello SM, Burgia L, Buck LT, Dean C, Freyne A, Higham T, Jones CG, Kruszynski R, Lister A, Parfitt SA, Skinner MM, Shindler K, Stringer CB. 2016. New genetic and morphological evidence suggests a single hoaxer created 'Piltdown man' ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE, 3 >DOI >Link

Evin A, Flink LG, B l  escu A, Popovici D, Andreescu R, Bailey D, Mirea P, Laz r C, Boronean  A, Bonsall C, Strand Vidarsdottir U, Brehard S, Tresset A, Cucchi T, Larson G, Dobney K. 2015. Correction to 'Unravelling the complexity of domestication: a case study using morphometrics and ancient DNA analyses of archaeological pigs from Romania' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 370 :20150018-20150018 >DOI

Evin A, Flink LG, Bălăşescu A, Popovici D, Andreescu R, Bailey D, Mirea P, Lazăr C, Boroneanţ A, Bonsall C, Vidarsdottir US, Brehard S, Tresset A, Cucchi T, Larson G, Dobney K. 2015. Unravelling the complexity of domestication: A case study using morphometrics and ancient DNA analyses of archaeological pigs from Romania Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 370 >DOI

Thomson VA, Lebrasseur O, Austin JJ, Hunt TL, Burney DA, Denham T, Rawlence NJ, Wood JR, Gongora J, Flink LG, Linderholm A, Dobney K, Larson G, Cooper A. 2014. Reply to Beavan, Bryant, and Storey and Matisoo-Smith: Ancestral polynesian "d" haplotypes reflect authentic pacific chicken lineages Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 >DOI

Thomson VA, Lebrasseur O, Austin JJ, Hunt TL, Burney DA, Denham T, Rawlence NJ, Wood JR, Gongora J, Flink LG, Linderholm A, Dobney K, Larson G, Cooper A. 2014. Using ancient DNA to study the origins and dispersal of ancestral Polynesian chickens across the Pacific Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 :4826-4831 >DOI

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. 2014. Exploring the complexity of domestication: a response to Rowley-Conwy and Zeder World Archaeology, 46 :825-834 >DOI

Flink LG, Allen R, Barnett R, Malmström H, Peters J, Eriksson J, Andersson L, Dobney K, Larson G. 2014. Establishing the validity of domestication genes using DNA from ancient chickens Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 :6184-6189 >DOI

Krause-Kyora B, Makarewicz C, Evin A, Flink LG, Dobney K, Larson G, Hartz S, Schreiber S, Von Carnap-Bornheim C, Wurmb-Schwark N, Nebel A. 2013. Use of domesticated pigs by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers in northwestern Europe Nature Communications, 4 >DOI

Dee M, Wengrow D, Shortland A, Stevenson A, Brock F, Flink LG, Ramsey CB. 2013. An absolute chronology for early Egypt using radiocarbon dating and Bayesian statistical modelling Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 469 >DOI

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-X, Çakırlar C, Çevik Ö, Hoelzel AR, Mashkour M, Mohaseb Karimlu AF, Sheikhi Seno S, Daujat J, Brock F, Pinhasi R, Hongo H, Perez-Enciso M, Rasmussen M, Frantz L, Megens H-J, Crooijmans R, Groenen M, Arbuckle B, Benecke N, Strand Vidarsdottir U, Burger J, Cucchi T, Dobney K, Larson G. 2013. Pig Domestication and Human-Mediated Dispersal in Western Eurasia Revealed through Ancient DNA and Geometric Morphometrics Molecular Biology and Evolution, 30 :824-832 >DOI

Chapters

Girdland Flink L, Larson G. 2013. Archaeological, Morphological and Genetic Approaches to Pig Domestication. Origins and Spread of Domestic Animals in Southwest Asia and Europe 59 :27-35 Left Coast Press 9781611323221

Girdland Flink L. 2013. The domestic pig (Sus scrofa f. domestica Linnaeus, 1758 or Sus domesticus, Erxleben 1777). Smith C. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology :5938-5941 Springer 9781441904263

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

Conference name: The 7th meeting of the ICAZ Archaeozoology, Genetics and Morphometrics Working Group (AGM), Position: Co-organiser, URL: https://icazagm2017.wordpress.com/

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: Collaborative Research Fellowship, Organisation: Liverpool John Moores University

Media Coverage:

Links #2: http://www.sci-news.com/genetics/north-african-origin-guanches-05369.html, Links #1: http://www.nationalgeographic.com.es/ciencia/actualidad/los-guanches-las-islas-canarias-procedian-del-norte-africa-segun-nuevo-estudio-adn_12042, Links #3: https://news.cision.com/se/stockholms-universitet/r/guancherna-pa-kanarieoarna-harstammar-fran-nordafrika-enligt-dna-studie,c2376528, Media coverage: In relation to our paper on the aboriginals of the Canary Islands

Public engagement:

Venue/location: Victoria Gallery and Museum, Title of the activity: Pets, Pests & People - an evening of science and wine, discovering what animals did for us., Type of activity: Public lecture and discussion, Audience type: Public, academic, Audience numbers: 100+, Your role in the activity (e.g. organiser, invited speaker, participant etc.): Co-organiser, Link URL: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-lecture-pets-pests-people-tickets-38071963267#

Venue/location: South Wirral High School, Title of the activity: Aspire to Higher Programme, Type of activity: Lecture, Audience type: Year 11 students, Audience numbers: 32, Your role in the activity (e.g. organiser, invited speaker, participant etc.): Invited speaker, Link URL: https://twitter.com/SouthWirral/status/925747675286441985

Venue/location: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, Title of the activity: Presentation on Ancient DNA to academic as well as public audience, Type of activity: Lecture, Audience type: Academic, student, public, Audience numbers: 500+, Your role in the activity (e.g. organiser, invited speaker, participant etc.): Invited speaker