Dr Iain Kendall

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Background

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013 with an MSci (Hons) in Chemistry. I completed my final year research project in the Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU) under the supervision of Professor Richard Evershed, entitled “Investigating the effect of Viking colonisation on resource exploitation and diet of the Northern Isles of Scotland, through organic residue analysis of pottery and steatite vessels”.

Remaining in the OGU, I completed my PhD in 2017 as part of the Neomilk project, under the supervision of Professor Richard Evershed (Title: “Development of an amino acid δ15N value-based proxy for the elucidation of the diets and habitats of Neolithic cattle”). The aim of my thesis was to develop a new proxy for evaluating plant types contributing to herbivore diet, based on the stable nitrogen isotopic signatures of individual amino acids of plant tissues and the tissues of herbivores consuming them, and use it to provide insights into animal management and landscape use by Neolithic farmers of the Linearbandkeramik (LBK) culture in central Europe.

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Research

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on the ERC-funded ASIAPAST project (asiapast.org), with PI Professor Cheryl Makarewicz (Kiel University) and Professor Richard Evershed. This multi-disciplinary project explores the emergence of mobile pastoralism in the ancient Eurasian steppe where a unique transformation in human lifeways was initiated five thousand years ago, when people began to rely on sheep, goat, cattle, and horses for both their daily subsistence and as symbols.

My work involves examining trophic level shifts in human diets associated with the spread domesticated plants and animals across the steppe, through compound-specific stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses (CSIA) of amino acids, enabling determination of the contributions of different dietary sources, such as livestock and fish, to pastoralist diets.

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Publications

Further details of publications can be found in the University of Bristol publications system and Google Scholar

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