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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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Research Output 2014 2018

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

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5 Citations

A genetic chronology for the Indian Subcontinent points to heavily sex-biased dispersals

Silva, M., Oliveira, M., Vieira, D., Brandão, A., Rito, T., Pereira, J. B., Fraser, R. M., Hudson, B., Gandini, F., Edwards, C., Pala, M., Koch, J., Wilson, J. F., Pereira, L., Richards, M. B. & Soares, P. 23 Mar 2017 In : BMC evolutionary biology. 17, 1, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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How Modern and Ancient Genomic Analyses Can Reveal Complex Domestic Histories Using Cattle as a Case Study

Edwards, C., MacHugh, D. & Magee, D. A. 3 Oct 2017 Routledge Handbook of Agricultural Biodiversity. Hunter, D., Guarino, L., Spillane, C. & McKeown, P. C. (eds.). Routledge, p. 30-44 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Livestock Trade during the Early Roman Period: First Clues from the Trading Post of Empúries (Catalonia)

Colominas, L. & Edwards, C. Mar 2017 In : International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 27, 2, p. 167-179 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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8 Citations

Detecting the T1 cattle haplogroup in the Iberian Peninsula from Neolithic to medieval times: New clues to continuous cattle migration through time

Colominas, L., Edwards, C. J., Beja-Pereira, A., Vigne, J. D., Silva, R. M., Castanyer, P., Tremoleda, J., Saña Seguí, M., Pérez-Ripoll, M., Goyache, F., Howe, C. J., Barker, G. & Bower, M. A. Jul 2015 In : Journal of Archaeological Science. 59, p. 110-117 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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