Human exploitation of the wolf gene pool during indigenous circumpolar dog domestication
As the oldest domesticated animal, dogs, (Canis lupus familiaris) have accompanied humans to every continent and every terrestrial environment on the planet. At the hands of humans dogs have experienced dramatic genotypic and phenotypic changes during shared history with humans due to their role in human society, as well as the environment. My current research examines human-dog interactions in the High Arctic from the prehistoric to the present. Within this scope I examine how humans have mediated the adaptation of High Arctic dogs to the extreme Arctic environment. The source of adaptations found in High Arctic dogs will be investigated which includes examining the potential for introgression of genes from local wolf populations into dogs. Specimens from archaeological, historical, and modern contexts will be used to address the nature and extent of the genetic changes seen in these dog populations compared to lower latitude dog populations.
Nov. 2016 – present: PhD in Systematics and Evolutionary Biology, Natural History Museum of Denmark and Swedish Museum of Natural History
Sep. 2015 – Jan. 2016: Intern/Research Assistant, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany
Oct. 2014 – Oct. 2016: MSc in Archaeological Science (Palaeogenetics), University of Tübingen, Germany
Oct. 2010 – July 2013: BSc in Archaeology, University of York, England