This collection features scholarly work by Cara Monroe, clinical assistant professor in the anthropology department at Washington State University. Monroe, is currently a Research Associate and the Lab Manager at the Kemp Lab of Molecular Anthropology and Ancient DNA. As such she has her hands in most projects that occur in the lab, including work on mtDNA diversity of Alaskan Natives, mtDNA of northern fur seals, and turkey domestication. She is a PhD student in archaeology at UC-Santa Barbara and her primary research focuses on hunter and gatherer archaeology in the Southwest United States, Central California and Baja California with an emphasis on using ancient DNA to investigate: the structure, timing, and demographics of migration events, hunter-gatherer/forager biological interaction, and relatedness of prehistoric populations at the inter and intra site level. Her dissertation research focuses on the Yukisma cemetery site (CA-SCL-38) in Santa Clara County, CA. Additional projects include: analyzing aDNA from Channel Islands burials as well as finishing a project which investigates mtDNA of Yuman speakers and their prehistoric interactions with Pueblo groups of the American Southwest.
Detection of Cytosine Methylation in Ancient DNA from Five Native American Populations Using Bisulfite Sequencing (Public Library of Science, 2015)While cytosine methylation has been widely studied in extant populations, relatively few studies have analyzed methylation in ancient DNA. Most existing studies of epigenetic marks in ancient DNA have inferred patterns of ...
How Much DNA is Lost? Measuring DNA Loss of Short-Tandem-Repeat Length Fragments Targeted by the PowerPlex 16? System Using the Qiagen MinElute Purification Kit (Human Biology, 2014)The success in recovering genetic profiles from aged and degraded biological samples is diminished by fundamental aspects of DNA extraction, as well as its long-term preservation, that are not well understood. While numerous ...
To clone or not to clone: Method analysis for retrieving consensus sequences in ancient DNA samples (Public Library of Science, 2011)The challenges associated with the retrieval and authentication of ancient DNA (aDNA) evidence are principally due to postmortem damage which makes ancient samples particularly prone to contamination from ‘‘modern’’ DNA ...