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Dr Ceiridwen Edwards, Research Fellow


MODERN DNA LABORATORY ADDRESS:

Molecular Population Genetics
Smurfit Institute of Genetics
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
Ireland


ANCIENT DNA LABORATORY ADDRESS (for archaeological samples):

Archaeological Genetics
Smurfit Institute of Genetics
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
Ireland


E-MAIL, TELEPHONE NUMBERS & FAX:

E-mail : edwardc [at] tcd [dot] ie
Tel : +353-(0)1-896-1265 (Modern DNA Lab)
Tel : +353-(0)1-896-3548 (Ancient DNA Lab)
Fax : +353-(0)1-679-8558


RESEARCH INTEREST:

Ancient DNA, pre- and postglacial Ireland, phylogeography, domestication, genetic diversity, Y-chromosome loci and mitochondrial haplotypes in extant cattle populations, conservation and breed relationships in European cattle


EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE:

10/2007 - present : Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin
Project title : Spatio-temporal modelling in archeogenetics.

10/2004 - 09/2007 : Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin
Project title : Human colonisation routes and the origins of Irish mammals.

12/2002 - 09/2004 : Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin
Project title : Ancient DNA analysis of Irish mammals: temporal and spatial phylogeography.

06/1999 – 09/1999 : IdentiGEN Limited, Trinity College Dublin

03/1999 – 05/1999 : Veterinaermedizinische Universitaet Wien, A-1210 Vienna,
Austria.

10/1998 – 02/1999 : Department of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin

06/1994 – 06/1995 : IACR Rothamsted, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, U.K.


EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:

1999 - 2002 : Ph.D. Genetics, Trinity College Dublin
Thesis title : Genetic variation in domesticated cattle and wild aurochsen using ancient and modern DNA.

1997 - 1998 : M.Sc. Biomolecular Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Thesis title : Y-Chromosome microsatellite variation in domesticated cattle and related species.

1992 - 1996 : B.Sc. (Hons.) Genetics Class 2:1, University of York
Thesis title : A rapid, simple DNA sex-determination assay in archaeological sheep specimens by amplification of the X-Y homologous gene amelogenin (based on the bovine locus).



PUBLICATIONS:

Bower MA, Edwards CJ, Evans C & Downes CS. (in press) Horse husbandry in Iron Age and Romano-British East Anglia: ancient DNA analysis of horses at Langdale Hale, Cambridgeshire. In: Prehistoric and Roman Fen-edge Communities at Colne Fen, Earith. The Archaeology of the Lower Ouse Valley, Volume I (eds. C. Evans, G. Appleby, S. Lucy & R. Regan). McDonald Institute Monograph Series, Cambridge.

Edwards CJ, Bradley DG. (in press) Human colonisation routes and the origins of Irish mammals. In: Mesolithic Horizons: Papers presented at the Seventh International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe, Belfast 2005 (eds. S. McCartan, R. Schulting, G. Warren & P. Woodman). Oxbow, Oxford.

Ho SY, Larson G, Edwards CJ, Heupink TH, Lakin KE, Holland PW, Shapiro B. Correlating Bayesian date estimates with climatic events and domestication using a bovine case study. Biology Letters. AOP 17 April 2008. PMID: 18426745

Finnegan LA, Edwards CJ & Rochford JM. Mitochondrial phylogeography of the Irish red squirrel population: what can it reveal of the postglacial colonisation of Ireland? Conservation Genetics. AOP 14 September 2007.

Edwards CJ, Bradley DG. (2007) Chapter 15: Ancient DNA analysis of aurochsen. In: The Early Neolithic on the Great Hungarian Plain: Investigations of the Körös Culture Site of Ecsegfalva 23, Co. Békés (ed. A. Whittle). Institute of Archaeology , Hungarian Academy of Sciences , Budapest.

Edwards CJ, Baird JF, Bradley DG, MacHugh DE. Taurine and zebu admixture in Near Eastern cattle: a comparison of mitochondrial, autosomal and Y-chromosomal data. Animal Genetics (2007) 38, 520-524. PMID: 17725685

Larson G, Albarella U, Dobney K, Rowley-Conwy P, Schibler J, Tresset A, Vigne J-D, Edwards CJ, Schlumbaum A, Dinu A, Balasescu A, Dolman G, Tagliacozzo A, Manaseryan N, Miracle P, Van Wijngaarden-Bakker L, Masseti M, Bradley DG & Cooper A. Ancient DNA, pig domestication, and the spread of the Neolithic into Europe. PNAS (2007) 104, 15276-15281 PMID: 17855556

Edwards CJ, Bollongino R, Scheu A, Chamberlain A, Tresset A, Vigne J-D, Baird JF, Larson G, Ho SYW, Heupink TH, Shapiro B, Freeman AR, Thomas, MG, Arbogast R-M, Arndt B, Bartosiewicz L, Benecke N, Budja M, Chaix L, Choyke AM, Coqueugniot E, Döhle H-J, Göldner H, Hartz S, Helmer D, Herzig B, Hongo H, Mashkour M, Özdogan M, Pucher E, Roth G, Schade-Lindig S, Schmölcke U, Schulting R, Stephan E, Uerpmann H-P, Vörös I, Voytek, B, Bradley DG, Burger J. Mitochondrial DNA analysis shows a Near Eastern Neolithic origin for domestic cattle and no indication of domestication of European aurochs. Proc Biol Sci. 2007 Apr 3;Series B 274, 1377-1385 PMID: 17412685

McGahern AM, Edwards CJ, Bower MA, Heffernan A, Park SD, Brophy PO, Bradley DG, Machugh DE, Hill EW. Mitochondrial DNA sequence diversity in extant Irish horse populations and in ancient horses. Anim Genet. 2006 Oct;37(5):498-502. PMID: 16978181

McGahern A, Bower MA, Edwards CJ, Brophy PO, Sulimova G, Zakharov I, Vizuete-Forster M, Levine M, Li S, MacHugh DE, Hill EW. Evidence for biogeographic patterning of mitochondrial DNA sequences in Eastern horse populations. Anim Genet. 2006 Oct;37(5):494-7. PMID: 16978180

Bollongino R, Edwards CJ, Alt KW, Burger J, Bradley DG. Early history of European domestic cattle as revealed by ancient DNA. Biol. Lett. (2006) 2, 155–159. PMID: 17148352

Edwards C. Extinct giant deer traced to modern relative by ancient DNA. IQUA Newsletter November 2005;NS 35,3.

Lister AM, Edwards CJ, Nock DA, Bunce M, van Pijlen IA, Bradley DG, Thomas MG, Barnes I. The phylogenetic position of the 'giant deer' Megaloceros giganteus. Nature. 2005 Dec 8;438(7069):850-3. Epub 2005 Sep 4. PMID: 16148942

McEvoy B, Edwards CJ. Human migration: reappraising the Viking image. Heredity. 2005 Aug;95(2):111-2. PMID: 15931243

Edwards CJ, Bradley DG. Current Research: Human colonisation routes and the origins of Irish mammals. IQUA Newsletter November 2004;NS 33, 3-4.

Edwards CJ, MacHugh DE, Dobney KM, Martin L, Russell N, Horwitz LK, McIntosh SK, MacDonald KC, Helmer D, Tresset A, Vigne J-D, Bradley DG. Ancient DNA analysis of 101 cattle remains: limits and prospects. Journal of Archaeological Science 31, 695-710.

Edwards CJ, Connellan J, Wallace PF, Park SD, McCormick FM, Olsaker I, Eythorsdottir E, MacHugh DE, Bailey JF, Bradley DG. Feasibility and utility of microsatellite markers in archaeological cattle remains from a Viking Age settlement in Dublin. Anim Genet. 2003 Dec;34(6):410-6. PMID: 14687070

MacHugh DE, Edwards CJ, Bailey JF, Bancroft DR, Bradley DG. The extraction and analysis of ancient DNA from bone and teeth: a survey of current methodologies. Ancient Biomolecules 2000 Oct:3, 81-102.

Edwards CJ, Dolf G, Looft C, Loftus RT, Bradley DG. Relationships between the endangered Pustertaler-Spriunzen and three related European cattle breeds as analysed with 20 microsatellite loci. Anim Genet 2000 Oct;31(5):329-332. PMID: 11105215

Edwards CJ, Gaillard C, Bradley DG, MacHugh DE. Y-specific microsatellite polymorphisms in a range of bovid species. Anim Genet. 2000 Apr;31(2):127-30. PMID: 10782212



PRESENTATIONS:

Edwards CJ. What can DNA analysis of mammals tell us about the nature of the postglacial colonisation in Ireland? Assosiation for Environmental Archaeology Spring Meeting at Cardiff University, 1 March 2008.

Edwards CJ. Chair and Closing Remarks. GeneTime Workshop 4: Domestication of Plants & Animals at The MacDonald Institute For Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 4-5 September 2007.

Edwards CJ, Kantanen J, Tresset A, Lenstra JA & Bradley DG. Neolithic movement of cattle into Europe as determined from Y-chromosome microsatellite and SNP diversity. UK Archaeological Science Biennial Conference at The MacDonald Institute For Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 31 August - 3 September 2007.

Edwards CJ. Ancient and modern DNA analysis of mammals: temporal and spatial phylogeography. Department of Zoology Meeting at the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College, University of Dublin, 27 March 2007.

Edwards CJ. Using animal proxies to investigate human dispersals: present research and future directions. Human Palaeogenetics Meeting at the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge, 6 March 2007.

Edwards CJ. Using animal proxies to investigate human dispersals: present research and future directions. Human Palaeogenetics Meeting at the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge, 16 January 2007.

Edwards CJ. A short introduction to ancient DNA for the spelaeologist. Irish Quaternary Association Annual Symposium: "Caves: natural time capsules" at the Geological Survey of Ireland, Dublin, 24 November 2006.

Edwards CJ. (speaking on behalf of GeneTime Group Leader, Prof DG Bradley) Genetic variation in domesticated cattle and wild aurochsen using modern and ancient DNA. GeneTime Workshop : Introduction to GeneTime at the University of York, 20 March 2006.

Edwards CJ. Human colonisation routes and the origins of Irish mammals. Glyn Daniel Archaeogenetics Laboratory Meetings at the MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 11 November 2005.

Edwards CJ. Human colonisation routes and the origins of Irish mammals. The 7th International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe - MESO 2005 at Queen's University Belfast, 29 August - 2 September 2005.

Edwards CJ & Bradley DG. Human colonisation routes and the origins of Irish mammals. Second Meeting of the ICAZ Archaeozoology and Genetics Working Group at the MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 18-19 June 2005.

Edwards CJ. Human colonisation routes and the origins of Irish mammals. First All-Ireland Mammal Research Workshop at Queen's University Belfast, 9-10 December 2004.

Bollogino R, Edwards C, Chamberlain A, Alt K, Burger J, Bradley DG. Genetic variation in domesticated cattle and wild aurochsen using ancient DNA analyses. First Meeting of the ICAZ Archaeozoology and Genetics Working Group at the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle Paris, 14-15 June 2004.



IN THE MEDIA:

Various newspaper articles about upcoming research into the 18,000 years old polar bear remains from Inchnadamph, Scotland. Download zip file.

Irish Independent article about the aurochs.

Listen to Ceiridwen on RTE's "The Quantum Leap" talking about the Giant Irish Deer. (2MB file!)

Sunday Times article about the brown bear.

Irish Times article about the Giant Irish Elk.


OTHER INFORMATION:

Link to Ceiridwen's Dad's page.



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