University of New South Wales

Ceridwen currently works as a Research Officer at the University of New South Wales after having completed her PhD in Evolutionary Biology there in 2016. Her current research is in palaeo-proteomics, or examining proteins extracted from ancient bone and what these can tell us about past populations and the diseases which impacted them.

Ceridwen has background in archaeology (Australian National University) and has worked periodically as a consulting field archaeologist for the last 7 years. She has conducted research projects in a variety of areas including stable isotope studies, phytolith analysis and primate cranial morphology, and is passionate about applying cross-disciplinary methods and techniques to answer questions about human evolution and prehistory.

An essential item is Ceridwen’s toolkit

“A good sense of humour. Whether it’s a frustrating research problem, the tail end of a sweaty day in the field or realising that you’ve said something really dopey in front of a crowd of people, it helps to be able to laugh it off and try again.”