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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).

TEACHING

Module leader: 6021NATSCI Forensic and Anthropological Genetics
Module leader: 7102NATSCI Bones, teeth, and genes

4207NATSCI Evolution and Inheritance
5104FSBMOL Molecular Forensics
5311NATSCI World Archaeology
5313NATSCI Forensic Human Identification
6000NATSCI Research Project
7100NATSCI Dissertation
7106NATSCI Human Identification and Forensic DNA
7107NATSCI Research Methods
7112NATSCI Contemporary Methods in Primatology

Languages

Swedish

Degrees

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

Academic appointments

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Archaeological Research Laboratory (Arkeologiska Forskningslaboratoriet, AFL), Stockholm University, 2015 - 2016
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Archaeology & Centre for Genome-Enabled Biology and Medicine, University of Aberdeen, 2013 - 2016
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Earth Sciences Department, Natural History Museum, 2012 - 2013

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 IEPM, Girdland Flink L, Abbas R, Bello S, Burgio L, Buck LT, Dean C, Freyne A, Higham T, Jones C, Kruszynski R, Lister A, Parfitt S, Skinner M, Schindler K, Stringer CB. 2016. New genetic and morphological evidence suggests a single hoaxer created ‘Piltdown man’ Royal Society Open Science, >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

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 article

Krzewińska M, Kjellström A, Bäckström Y, Ingvarsson A, Kashuba N, Rodriguez-Varela R, Girdland Flink EL, Götherström A. 2018. Elucidating recent history by tracing genetic affinity of three 16th century miners from Sweden. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 19 :651-657 >DOI

Girdland Flink EL, Albayrak E, Lister A. 2018. Genetic insight into an extinct population of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in the Near East Open Quaternary, 4 :2-2 >DOI

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 IEPM, Girdland Flink L, Abbas R, Bello S, Burgio L, Buck LT, Dean C, Freyne A, Higham T, Jones C, Kruszynski R, Lister A, Parfitt S, Skinner M, Schindler K, Stringer CB. 2016. New genetic and morphological evidence suggests a single hoaxer created ‘Piltdown man’ Royal Society Open Science, >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. 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

Other

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

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

Chapters

Bartosiewicz L, Gillis R, Girdland Flink EL, Evin A, Chucci T, Hoelzel R, Vidarsdottir U, Dobney K, Larson G. 2013. Chalcolithic pig remains from Çamlıbel Tarlası, Central Anatolia De Cupere B, Linseele V, Hamilton-Dyer S. Archaeozoology of the Near East X. Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on the Archaeozoology of South-Western Asia and adjacent areas :101-120 Leuven: Peeters

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:

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

Fellowships:

Collaborative Research Fellowship, Liverpool John Moores University

Media Coverage:

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

Public engagement:

https://openquaternary.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/ancient-elephants-in-the-near-east/, Blog post - OpenQuaternary, Online publication, Wider public & professionals, Main author, https://openquaternary.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/ancient-elephants-in-the-near-east/

Victoria Gallery and Museum, Pets, Pests & People - an evening of science and wine, discovering what animals did for us., Public lecture and discussion, Public, academic, 100+, Co-organiser, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-lecture-pets-pests-people-tickets-38071963267#

South Wirral High School, Aspire to Higher Programme, Lecture, Year 11 students, 32, Invited speaker, https://twitter.com/SouthWirral/status/925747675286441985

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, Presentation on Ancient DNA to academic as well as public audience, Lecture, Academic, student, public, 500+, Invited speaker