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Ceiridwen received her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Genetics from the University of York in 1996, and an M.Sc. in Biomolecular Archaeology from the University of Sheffield in 1998. Her Ph.D., completed in 2002 at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, involved the study of genetic variation in domesticated cattle and wild aurochsen using ancient and modern DNA analyses. Between 1999 and 2008, she was solely responsible for the Bioarchaeology Laboratory at Trinity College Dublin.

She was a Researcher in Ancient DNA Studies at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology, University of Oxford, for six years (2009–2015), during which time she successfully applied for funding to set up an ancient DNA lab. She was appointed by the University of Huddersfield as a Senior Research Fellow in Archaeogenetics in June 2015.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Ancient DNA
  • Archaeology
  • Migration patterns
  • Population genetics and conservation
  • Animal domestication
  • The nature of the Mesolithic/Neolithic subsistence change
  • Phylogeography of European mammals
  • Pre- and post-glacial mammals in the British Isles and (re)colonisation signatures
  • The Romano-British to Anglo-Saxon transition

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Mitochondrial DNA Medicine & Life Sciences
cattle Agriculture & Biology
mitochondrial DNA Agriculture & Biology
Population Medicine & Life Sciences
Haplotypes Medicine & Life Sciences
Ireland Agriculture & Biology
Horses Medicine & Life Sciences
Ursidae Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2000 2019

On Methodological issues in the Indo-European debate By Michel Danino

Silva, M., Koch, J. T., Pala, M., Edwards, C. J., Soares, P. & Richards, M. B., 1 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Biosciences. 44, 3, 69.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

10 Citations (Scopus)

The genomic history of the Iberian Peninsula over the past 8000 years

Olalde, I., Mallick, S., Patterson, N., Rohland, N., Villalba-Mouco, V., Soares Da Silva, M., Dulias, K., Edwards, C., Gandini, F., Pala, M., Soares, P., Ferrando-Bernal, M., Adamski, N., Broomandkhoshbacht, N., Cheronet, O., Culleton, B., Fernandes, D., Lawson, A. M., Mah, M., Oppenheimer, J. & 75 othersStewardson, K., Zhang, Z., Arenas, J. M. J., Moyano, I. J. T., Salazar-García, D. C., Castanyer, P., Santos, M., Tremoleda, J., Lozano, M., Borja, P. G., Fernández-Eraso, J., Mujika-Alustiza, J. A., Barroso, C., Bermúdez, F. J., Mínguez, E. V., Burch, J., Coromina, N., Vivó, D., Cebrià, A., Fullola, J. M., García-Puchol, O., Morales, J. I., Oms, F. X., Majó, T., Vergès, J. M., Díaz-Carvajal, A., Ollich-Castanyer, I., López-Cachero, F. J., Silva, A. M., Alonso-Fernández, C., de Castro, G. D., Echevarría, J. J., Moreno-Márquez, A., Berlanga, G. P., Ramos-García, P., Muñoz, J. R., Vila, E. V., Arzo, G. A., Arroyo, Á. E., Lillios, K. T., Mack, J., Velasco-Vázquez, J., Waterman, A., de Lugo Enrich, L. B., Sánchez, M. B., Agustí, B., Codina, F., de Prado, G., Estalrrich, A., Flores, Á. F., Finlayson, C., Finlayson, G., Finlayson, S., Giles-Guzmán, F., Rosas, A., González, V. B., Atiénzar, G. G., Pérez, M. S. H., Llanos, A., Marco, Y. C., Beneyto, I. C., López-Serrano, D., McClure, S. B., Pérez, M. M., Foix, A. O., Borràs, M. S., Sousa, A. C., Encinas, J. M. V., Kennett, D. J., Richards, M., Alt, K. W., Haak, W., Pinhasi, R., Lalueza-Fox, C. & Reich, D., 15 Mar 2019, In : Science. 363, 6432, p. 1230-1234 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Iron Age
1 Citation (Scopus)

Untangling Neolithic and Bronze Age mitochondrial lineages in South Asia

Silva, M., Justeau, P., Rodrigues, S., Oteo-Garcia, G., Dulias, K., Foody, G., Fichera, A., Yau, B., Rito, T., Wilson, J. F., Gandini, F., Edwards, C. J., Pala, M., Soares, P. A. & Richards, M. B., 2019, In : Annals of Human Biology. 46, 2, p. 140-144 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Central Asia
Gene Pool

Genetic Analysis of European Red Foxes Reveals Multiple Distinct Peripheral Populations and Central Continental Admixture

Statham, M. J., Edwards, C., Norén, K., Soulsbury, C. D. & Sacks, B. N., 1 Oct 2018, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 197, p. 257-266 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Vulpes vulpes
genetic analysis
genetic techniques and protocols
7 Citations (Scopus)

Genomic Evidence of Widespread Admixture from Polar Bears into Brown Bears during the Last Ice Age

Cahill, J. A., Heintzman, P. D., Harris, K., Teasdale, M. D., Kapp, J., Soares, A. E. R., Stirling, I., Bradley, D. G., Edwards, C. J., Graim, K., Kisleika, A. A., Malev, A. V., Monaghan, N., Green, R. E. & Shapiro, B., 1 May 2018, In : Molecular Biology and Evolution. 35, 5, p. 1120-1129 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Ursus maritimus
Ursus arctos

Press / Media

DNA Show's Ireland's Ancient Brown Bears were Related to Polar Bears

Ceiridwen Edwards


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment