Becky Cribdon

Doctoral Researcher: sedaDNA analysis

Becky has a background in biology and always thought she'd study dinosaurs, but worked on ancient DNA for her MSc and is now a molecular convert. The aim of that project was to detect parasitic worms in Siberian grave soil, asking whether metagenomics could allow archaeologists to spend less time searching with microscopes. It was a mixed success, but a good introduction to interdisciplinary studies.

As part of the Warwick team, Becky will be analysing sedaDNA from the North Sea cores to reconstruct the Doggerland environment. By studying how the ancient landscape responded to climate change and sea-level rise, we may be better able to predict what will happen to our Europe over the next few centuries.