My passion for prehistory had and has me working on a number of time periods in the human past as well as various regions of the world. Or in other words, wherever DNA preservation was favourable for the analyses we normally do.
The nature and pace of this field has changed quite drastically with the next generation sequencing revolution, allowing us to tackle time periods and geographic regions that were beyond reach only a few years ago. However, the scientific questions and the motivation for our research remains unchanged. I’m still working on research questions that had me occupied during my own PhD time and this still fascinates me every day. Genetically speaking, we have come along way, e.g. as far as the process of Neolithisation in Europe is concerned. Based on genetic and genomic data it is safe to say today that the spread of the farming lifestyle was linked to expanding early farmers from western Anatolia and the Levant. The emerging Bronze Age in Europe saw another major turnover with the expansion of a certain type of genetic ancestry we have coined ‘steppe ancestry’. The magnitude and geographic extent of this spread had us taken by surprise and were still coming terms with it as far the implications go. In fact, with our current analytical toolbox we just capturing the situation after the fact. Little do we know about the demographic and social processes behind our observed estimates.
As a result, many of the projects still deal with the ‘same-old’ questions or with derived ones. Kill one and two take its place.
To find out more specific details, please select a third-party research or other major project from the drop-down menu or directly here:
Various other smaller projects will soon be described here: