Katharina is currently working on the AHRC-funded project investigating the development of Alpine pastoralism (https://sites.google.com/york.ac.uk/pastoralismtranshumanceinthewe/home) with Kevin Walsh as the PI. She is analysing lake sediment cores from alpine lakes along an altitudinal gradient.
Katharina completed a PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Huddersfield in 2019 on the archaeogenetics and palaeogenetics of the human population of the British Isles across different time periods, ranging from the Neolithic to the Anglo-Saxon period. Ceiridwen J. Edwards, Martin B. Richards and Maria Pala supervised her PhD project.
During her PhD Katharina contributed to two published book chapters in Exploring Celtic Origins: New Ways Forward in Archaeology, Genetics and Linguistics and Excavations at Milla Skerra, Sandwick, Unst – Rhythms of life in Iron Age Shetland. Furthermore, Katharina successfully applied to the Postgraduate Researcher Development and Environment Fund of the University of Huddersfield in order to run a workshop on Overleaf – a collaborative writing and publishing tool using LaTeX typesetting. Since 2017 Katharina acts also as an Advisor for Overleaf (https://www.overleaf.com/advisors).
Her second area of interest relates to the use of sedimentary recent and ancient DNA in ecological contexts, which has been her M.Sc. project (https://epic.awi.de/id/eprint/40401/) at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research and the University of Potsdam, Germany, under the supervision of Kathleen Stoof-Leichsenring and Ulrike Herzschuh.
Katharina received her B.Sc. in Biology and German language and literature from the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover. Her Bachelor thesis was on the effects of ocean acidification on placozoa under the supervision of Omid Paknia, Hans-Jürgen Osigus and Bernd Schierwater.
My core interests cover ecology and evolution. More specifically, as a biologist with a strong background in environmental and ancient DNA genomics, my research includes population genetics, impacts on the environments, and responses to environmental change. The geographical context of my research has varied from the world’s oceans to the treeline ecotone of Siberia, to Europe; currently focussing on the western Alps.
My fieldwork experience includes vegetation sampling, taking cores and surface samples from lake sediments, as well as environmental samples from shorelines.
I am currently working on the AHRC-funded project investigating the development of transhumance in the Western Alps, where I will be focussing on the ancient DNA analysis of alpine lake sediment cores. This project aims to study the development of long-distance pastoral transhumance in the Western Alps, from the Iron Age to the Medieval period.
Archaeogenetics and Palaeogenetics of the British Isles