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Department of Archaeology



Currently undertaking a PhD (2017-2021) using population genetics and stable isotopes to understand pre-whaling ecology, connectivity and diversity of baleen whale populations in the South Atlantic. Based at the University of Cambridge Archaeology Department and British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge – in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, London.


Understanding the impacts of 20th Century whaling on population structure and diversity to provide accurate baselines for current conservation measures. A strong passion for statistics, marine ecology and demography.

Key Publications

Teaching and Supervisions


Demonstrating on ArchSci and BioAnt MPhil DNA practicals.

Research supervision: 

Supervisors: Dr Tamsin O’Connell 

Supervisors (not-arch): Dr Jen Jackson – British Antarctic Survey, Dr Ian Barnes – NHM, London. 

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Biomolecular Archaeology

Contact Details

dlb50 [at]


Person keywords: 
Marine Historical Ecology