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Richard Hagan


Richard is the Senior Technical Team Manager in the Department of Archaeology, providing line management support for all of our technicians and field work staff. Additionally, Richard is the Departmental Safety Advisor, liaising with the Head of Department and Health and Safety Services to support safe working practices across the Department. Prior to this role, Richard supported the Department in BioArCh as a Senior Research Technician, specializing in palaeoproteomics and ancient DNA. He earned a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati (USA) and an M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma (USA) focusing on ancient metagenomics and proteomics. Richard is based both on Campus East in the Environment Building and at King's Manor in the heart of York. 

Departmental Roles

Richard provides day-to-day line management support to all of our technicians and field work staff at King's Manor, Campus East, and in the field. Richard also serves as the Departmental Safety Advisor, acting on behalf of the Head of Department to deliver Health & Safety initiatives and guidance for all our staff and students. Richard's duties also include management of the Department's assets and technical workspaces. 


Liu, Chi-Chun, David Witonsky, Anna Gosling, Ju Hyeon Lee, Harald Ringbauer, Richard Hagan, Nisha Patel, et al. 2022. “Ancient Genomes from the Himalayas Illuminate the Genetic History of Tibetans and Their Tibeto-Burman Speaking Neighbors.” Nature Communications 13 (1): 1–14.

Scott, Ashley, Sabine Reinhold, Taylor Hermes, Alexey A Kalmykov, Andrey Belinskiy, Alexandra Buzhilova, Natalia Berezina, et al. 2022. “Emergence and Intensification of Dairying in the Caucasus and Eurasian Steppes.” Nature Ecology & Evolution 6 (6): 813–22.

Didion, Elise M, Zakee L Sabree, Laura Kenyon, Gabriela Nine, Richard W Hagan, Sema Osman, and Joshua B Benoit. 2021. “Microbiome Reduction Prevents Lipid Accumulation During Early Diapause in the Northern House Mosquito, Culex Pipiens Pipiens.” Journal of Insect Physiology 134: 104295.

Scott, Ashley, Robert C Power, Victoria Altmann-Wendling, Michal Artzy, Mario AS Martin, Stefanie Eisenmann, Richard Hagan, et al. 2021. “Exotic Foods Reveal Contact Between South Asia and the Near East During the Second Millennium BCE.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (2): e2014956117.

Borry, Maxime, Bryan Cordova, Angela Perri, Marsha Wibowo, Tanvi Prasad Honap, Jada Ko, Jie Yu, et al. 2020. “CoproID Predicts the Source of Coprolites and Paleofeces Using Microbiome Composition and Host DNA Content.” PeerJ 8: e9001.

Hagan, Richard W, Courtney A Hofman, Alexander Hübner, Karl Reinhard, Stephanie Schnorr, Cecil M Lewis Jr, Krithivasan Sankaranarayanan, and Christina G Warinner. 2020. “Comparison of Extraction Methods for Recovering Ancient Microbial DNA from Paleofeces.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 171 (2): 275–84.

Scheib, Christiana L, Meriam Guellil, Richard Hagan, Marcel Keller, Sarah A Inskip, Craig Cessford, Ruoyun Hui, et al. 2020. “Investigating Human-Pathogen Evolution Using Ancient Genomics and Proteomics.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 171 (S69): 251.

Wilkin, Shevan, Alicia Ventresca Miller, Bryan K Miller, Robert N Spengler, William TT Taylor, Ricardo Fernandes, Richard W Hagan, et al. 2020. “Economic Diversification Supported the Growth of Mongolia’s Nomadic Empires.” Scientific Reports 10 (1): 1–12.

Wilkin, Shevan, Alicia Ventresca Miller, William TT Taylor, Bryan K Miller, Richard W Hagan, Madeleine Bleasdale, Ashley Scott, et al. 2020. “Dairy Pastoralism Sustained Eastern Eurasian Steppe Populations for 5,000 Years.” Nature Ecology & Evolution 4 (3): 346–55.

Velsko, IM, JA Fellows Yates, F Aron, RW Hagan, LAF Frantz, L Loe, JBR Martinez, et al. n.d. “Microbial Differences Between Dental Plaque and Historic Dental Calculus Are Related to Oral Biofilm Maturation Stage. Microbiome. 2019; 7 (1): 102.”

Hagan, Richard W, Elise M Didion, Andrew E Rosselot, Christopher J Holmes, Samantha C Siler, Andrew J Rosendale, Jacob M Hendershot, et al. 2018. “Dehydration Prompts Increased Activity and Blood Feeding by Mosquitoes.” Scientific Reports 8 (1): 1–12.

Hendy, Jessica, Christina Warinner, Abigail Bouwman, Matthew J Collins, Sarah Fiddyment, Roman Fischer, Richard Hagan, et al. 2018. “Proteomic Evidence of Dietary Sources in Ancient Dental Calculus.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 285 (1883): 20180977.

Jeong, Choongwon, Shevan Wilkin, Tsend Amgalantugs, Abigail S Bouwman, William Timothy Treal Taylor, Richard W Hagan, Sabri Bromage, et al. 2018. “Bronze Age Population Dynamics and the Rise of Dairy Pastoralism on the Eastern Eurasian Steppe.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (48): E11248–55.

Benoit, JB, ZN Adelman, K Reinhardt, A Dolan, M Poelchau, EC Jennings, EM Szuter, et al. 2016. “Unique Features of a Global Human Ectoparasite Identified Through Sequencing of the Bed Bug Genome. Nat Commun 7: 10165.”

Jeong, Choongwon, Andrew T Ozga, David B Witonsky, Helena Malmström, Hanna Edlund, Courtney A Hofman, Richard W Hagan, et al. 2016. “Long-Term Genetic Stability and a High-Altitude East Asian Origin for the Peoples of the High Valleys of the Himalayan Arc.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (27): 7485–90.


Contact details

Mr Richard Hagan
Senior Technical Team Manager
Department of Archaeology
University of York
King's Manor

Tel: (44) 1904 326471