[Popgenlunch] Biocultural Anthropology Job Candidate Talk: Ancient DNA: Insights into Human Evolution

Dan Eisenberg dtae at uw.edu
Wed Feb 15 22:34:09 PST 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Anthropology is in the midst of a faculty search which may be of interest
to some of you. Details below on the most recent candidate. If you would
like to arrange to meet with Dr. Lindo (on Tuesday or Wednesday) please
call the anthropology main office at (206) 543-5240.

If you have any feedback on the candidate, feel free to let me know.


Dan T.A. Eisenberg
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Washington
Campus Box 353100
Seattle, WA 98195
Office: Denny 138
Lab: Kincaid 038

Title: Ancient DNA: Insights into Human Evolution
Where: Denny 313
When: Wednesday Feb 22, 1:30-2:20 with a 30 minute reception to follow

The relatively new field of Ancient DNA has proved transformative in the
understanding of evolution in humans and provided new perspectives on
ancient population movements. In this talk, three distinct studies will be
covered that have utilized ancient DNA, in conjunction with archeological
findings, to uncover intriguing details about the origins of the First
North Americans, the impact of European Contact on Native Americans, and
the rapid adaptation of humans to new and ever-changing environments.

John Lindo is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Human
Genetics at the University of Chicago. John is a trained anthropologist and
focuses on utilizing Ancient DNA to address questions of evolution,
demography, and adaptation in humans. Part of his research explores
different aspects of Native American evolutionary and demographic history.
His studies have included the initial migration into the Americas,
utilizing the genome of a 10,000-year-old human from Alaska, and examining
natural selection in the ancient environments of the Americas. To produce
his work, John employs a variety of techniques, including clean-room DNA
extractions from ancient samples provided by archaeologists, whole genome
sequencing, and computational methods to explore hypotheses
regarding population movements and evolution. John also has a forthcoming
publication in the Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation, and Technology on
the limitations of genetic and racial inferences for the law.
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