Dr Selina Brace

Dr Selina Brace

Principal Researcher

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
http://scholar.google.co.uk

Specialisms

Ancient DNA

Summary

I’m a biologist who works with ancient and degraded DNA to investigate species-level and evolutionary processes. I am a researcher in the Earth Sciences Department and I manage the NHM ancient DNA laboratory.

My research centres on the use of genetic information from museum specimens to understand taxonomic and evolutionary relationships, population structure and history, and the ecological impact of past events. I have worked on a wide range of taxa including insects, rodents and prehistoric humans, with a special interest in highly degraded tropical material from the Caribbean, Indonesia and South America.

My current projects include working with museum bees, investigating land-use change in Indonesia and population structure in Andean bears from Colombia.

Qualifications

Degrees

Ph.D, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom, 2007 - 2010

B.Sc. (Hons), University College London, United Kingdom, 2000 - 2004

Employment history

Academic

Researcher in ancient DNA, The Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2017 - ongoing

Researcher/co-investigator-Wellcome, The Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2013 - 2019

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Royal Holloway University of London, Biological Sciences, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2013

Research/Laboratory Technican, University College London, United Kingdom, 2006 - 2007

Honorary Researcher, University College London, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2005

Field Research Site Manager in Kenya, Columbia University, United States, 2004 - 2005

Highlighted publications

Brace S, Diekmann Y, Booth T, Macleod R, Timpson A, et al. (2022) Genomes from a medieval mass burial show Ashkenazi-associated hereditary diseases pre-date the 12th century. Current Biology, 32 (20) : 4350 - 4359.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.08.036

Mullin VE, Stephen W, Arce AN, Nash W, Raine C, et al. (null) First large‐scale quantification study of DNA preservation in insects from natural history collections using genome‐wide sequencing. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1111/2041-210x.13945

Brace S, Diekmann Y, Booth TJ, van Dorp L, Faltyskova Z, et al. (2019) Ancient genomes indicate population replacement in Early Neolithic Britain. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3 (5) : 765 - 771. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-0871-9

Woods R, Turvey ST, Brace S, MacPhee RDE, Barnes I (2018) Ancient DNA of the extinct Jamaican monkey Xenothrix reveals extreme insular change within a morphologically conservative radiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (50) : 12769 - 12774. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1808603115

Olalde I, Brace S, Allentoft ME, Armit I, Kristiansen K, et al. (2018) The Beaker phenomenon and the genomic transformation of northwest Europe. Nature, 555 (7695) : 190 - 196. doi: 10.1038/nature25738

Brace S, Thomas JA, Dalén L, Burger J, MacPhee RDE, et al. (2016) Evolutionary History of the Nesophontidae, the Last Unplaced Recent Mammal Family. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33 (12) : 3095 - 3103. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msw186

Grants

Wallacea Region - Understanding biodiversity & evolutionary responses to environmental change
Role: Principal investigatorJohn Struebig M
Role: Co-investigator
Funding: NERC
Total value £700,000 (to Museum £20,204)
Dates: 2018 - 2021

EOS training in Keystone Skills in Bioinformatics
Funding: NERC
Dates: 2014 - 2014

Rodents of the Caribbean – an ancient DNA approach
Funding: Helen Shackleton Fund
Dates: 2010 - 2010

Investigating the impact of late Quaternary environmental changes using ancient DNA from small mammals
Funding: NERC

Publications

Adler GH, Brace S, Christenhusz MJM, Dittel JW, Hansford JP (2022) Integrative approaches to mammalian systematics, ecomorphology and biomechanics. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 196 (3) : 959 - 962. doi: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlac085

Sampaio FL, Day JJ, Mendis Wickramasinghe LJ, Cyriac VP, Papadopoulou A, Brace S, Rajendran A, Simon-Nutbrown C, Flouris T, Kapli P, Ranga Vidanapathirana D, Kotharambath R, Kodandaramaiah U, Gower DJ (2023) A near-complete species-level phylogeny of uropeltid snakes harnessing historical museum collections as a DNA source. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 178 : 107651 - 107651. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2022.107651

Gretzinger J, Sayer D, Justeau P, Altena E, Pala M, Dulias K, Edwards CJ, Jodoin S, Lacher L, Sabin S, Vågene ÅJ, Haak W, Ebenesersdóttir SS, Moore KHS, Radzeviciute R, Schmidt K, Brace S, Bager MA, Patterson N, Papac L, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Callan K, Harney É, Iliev L, Lawson AM, Michel M, Stewardson K, Zalzala F, Rohland N, Kappelhoff-Beckmann S, Both F, Winger D, Neumann D, Saalow L, Krabath S, Beckett S, Van Twest M, Faulkner N, Read C, Barton T, Caruth J, Hines J, Krause-Kyora B, Warnke U, Schuenemann VJ, Barnes I, Dahlström H, Clausen JJ, Richardson A, Popescu E, Dodwell N, Ladd S, Phillips T, Mortimer R, Sayer F, Swales D, Stewart A, Powlesland D, Kenyon R, Ladle L, Peek C, Grefen-Peters S, Ponce P, Daniels R, Spall C, Woolcock J, Jones AM, Roberts AV, Symmons R, Rawden AC, Cooper A, Bos KI, Booth T, Schroeder H, Thomas MG, Helgason A, Richards MB, Reich D, Krause J, Schiffels S (2022) Author Correction: The Anglo-Saxon migration and the formation of the early English gene pool. Nature, 611 (7934) : E3 - E3. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-05429-y

Gretzinger J, Sayer D, Justeau P, Altena E, Pala M, Dulias K, Edwards CJ, Jodoin S, Lacher L, Sabin S, Vågene ÅJ, Haak W, Ebenesersdóttir SS, Moore KHS, Radzeviciute R, Schmidt K, Brace S, Bager MA, Patterson N, Papac L, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Callan K, Harney É, Iliev L, Lawson AM, Michel M, Stewardson K, Zalzala F, Rohland N, Kappelhoff-Beckmann S, Both F, Winger D, Neumann D, Saalow L, Krabath S, Beckett S, Van Twest M, Faulkner N, Read C, Barton T, Caruth J, Hines J, Krause-Kyora B, Warnke U, Schuenemann VJ, Barnes I, Dahlström H, Clausen JJ, Richardson A, Popescu E, Dodwell N, Ladd S, Phillips T, Mortimer R, Sayer F, Swales D, Stewart A, Powlesland D, Kenyon R, Ladle L, Peek C, Grefen-Peters S, Ponce P, Daniels R, Spall C, Woolcock J, Jones AM, Roberts AV, Symmons R, Rawden AC, Cooper A, Bos KI, Booth T, Schroeder H, Thomas MG, Helgason A, Richards MB, Reich D, Krause J, Schiffels S (2022) The Anglo-Saxon migration and the formation of the early English gene pool. Nature, 610 (7930) : 112 - 119. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-05247-2

Brace S, Diekmann Y, Booth T, Macleod R, Timpson A, Stephen W, Emery G, Cabot S, Thomas MG, Barnes I (2022) Genomes from a medieval mass burial show Ashkenazi-associated hereditary diseases pre-date the 12th century. Current Biology, 32 (20) : 4350 - 4359.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.08.036

Arce AN, Cantwell‐Jones A, Tansley M, Barnes I, Brace S, Mullin VE, Notton D, Ollerton J, Eatough E, Rhodes MW, Bian X, Hogan J, Hunter T, Jackson S, Whiffin A, Blagoderov V, Broad G, Judd S, Kokkini P, Livermore L, Dixit MK, Pearse WD, Gill RJ (null) Signatures of increasing environmental stress in bumblebee wings over the past century: Insights from museum specimens. Journal of Animal Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.13788

Mullin VE, Stephen W, Arce AN, Nash W, Raine C, Notton DG, Whiffin A, Blagderov V, Gharbi K, Hogan J, Hunter T, Irish N, Jackson S, Judd S, Watkins C, Haerty W, Ollerton J, Brace S, Gill RJ, Barnes I (null) First large‐scale quantification study of DNA preservation in insects from natural history collections using genome‐wide sequencing. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1111/2041-210x.13945

Bergström A, Stanton DWG, Taron UH, Frantz L, Sinding M-HS, Ersmark E, Pfrengle S, Cassatt-Johnstone M, Lebrasseur O, Girdland-Flink L, Fernandes DM, Ollivier M, Speidel L, Gopalakrishnan S, Westbury MV, Ramos-Madrigal J, Feuerborn TR, Reiter E, Gretzinger J, Münzel SC, Swali P, Conard NJ, Carøe C, Haile J, Linderholm A, Androsov S, Barnes I, Baumann C, Benecke N, Bocherens H, Brace S, Carden RF, Drucker DG, Fedorov S, Gasparik M, Germonpré M, Grigoriev S, Groves P, Hertwig ST, Ivanova VV, Janssens L, Jennings RP, Kasparov AK, Kirillova IV, Kurmaniyazov I, Kuzmin YV, Kosintsev PA, Lázničková-Galetová M, Leduc C, Nikolskiy P, Nussbaumer M, O’Drisceoil C, Orlando L, Outram A, Pavlova EY, Perri AR, Pilot M, Pitulko VV, Plotnikov VV, Protopopov AV, Rehazek A, Sablin M, Seguin-Orlando A, Storå J, Verjux C, Zaibert VF, Zazula G, Crombé P, Hansen AJ, Willerslev E, Leonard JA, Götherström A, Pinhasi R, Schuenemann VJ, Hofreiter M, Gilbert MTP, Shapiro B, Larson G, Krause J, Dalén L, Skoglund P (2022) Grey wolf genomic history reveals a dual ancestry of dogs. Nature, 607 (7918) : 313 - 320. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-04824-9

Patterson N, Isakov M, Booth T, Büster L, Fischer C-E, Olalde I, Ringbauer H, Akbari A, Cheronet O, Bleasdale M, Adamski N, Altena E, Bernardos R, Brace S, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Callan K, Candilio F, Culleton B, Curtis E, Demetz L, Carlson KSD, Edwards CJ, Fernandes DM, Foody MGB, Freilich S, Goodchild H, Kearns A, Lawson AM, Lazaridis I, Mah M, Mallick S, Mandl K, Micco A, Michel M, Morante GB, Oppenheimer J, Özdoğan KT, Qiu L, Schattke C, Stewardson K, Workman JN, Zalzala F, Zhang Z, Agustí B, Allen T, Almássy K, Amkreutz L, Ash A, Baillif-Ducros C, Barclay A, Bartosiewicz L, Baxter K, Bernert Z, Blažek J, Bodružić M, Boissinot P, Bonsall C, Bradley P, Brittain M, Brookes A, Brown F, Brown L, Brunning R, Budd C, Burmaz J, Canet S, Carnicero-Cáceres S, Čaušević-Bully M, Chamberlain A, Chauvin S, Clough S, Čondić N, Coppa A, Craig O, Črešnar M, Cummings V, Czifra S, Danielisová A, Daniels R, Davies A, de Jersey P, Deacon J, Deminger C, Ditchfield PW, Dizdar M, Dobeš M, Dobisíková M, Domboróczki L, Drinkall G, Đukić A, Ernée M, Evans C, Evans J, Fernández-Götz M, Filipović S, Fitzpatrick A, Fokkens H, Fowler C, Fox A, Gallina Z, Gamble M, González Morales MR, González-Rabanal B, Green A, Gyenesei K, Habermehl D, Hajdu T, Hamilton D, Harris J, Hayden C, Hendriks J, Hernu B, Hey G, Horňák M, Ilon G, Istvánovits E, Jones AM, Kavur MB, Kazek K, Kenyon RA, Khreisheh A, Kiss V, Kleijne J, Knight M, Kootker LM, Kovács PF, Kozubová A, Kulcsár G, Kulcsár V, Le Pennec C, Legge M, Leivers M, Loe L, López-Costas O, Lord T, Los D, Lyall J, Marín-Arroyo AB, Mason P, Matošević D, Maxted A, McIntyre L, McKinley J, McSweeney K, Meijlink B, Mende BG, Menđušić M, Metlička M, Meyer S, Mihovilić K, Milasinovic L, Minnitt S, Moore J, Morley G, Mullan G, Musilová M, Neil B, Nicholls R, Novak M, Pala M, Papworth M, Paresys C, Patten R, Perkić D, Pesti K, Petit A, Petriščáková K, Pichon C, Pickard C, Pilling Z, Price TD, Radović S, Redfern R, Resutík B, Rhodes DT, Richards MB, Roberts A, Roefstra J, Sankot P, Šefčáková A, Sheridan A, Skae S, Šmolíková M, Somogyi K, Somogyvári Á, Stephens M, Szabó G, Szécsényi-Nagy A, Szeniczey T, Tabor J, Tankó K, Maria CT, Terry R, Teržan B, Teschler-Nicola M, Torres-Martínez JF, Trapp J, Turle R, Ujvári F, van der Heiden M, Veleminsky P, Veselka B, Vytlačil Z, Waddington C, Ware P, Wilkinson P, Wilson L, Wiseman R, Young E, Zaninović J, Žitňan A, Lalueza-Fox C, de Knijff P, Barnes I, Halkon P, Thomas MG, Kennett DJ, Cunliffe B, Lillie M, Rohland N, Pinhasi R, Armit I, Reich D (2022) Large-scale migration into Britain during the Middle to Late Bronze Age. Nature, 601 (7894) : 588 - 594. doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-04287-4

von Seth J, Dussex N, Díez-del-Molino D, van der Valk T, Kutschera VE, Kierczak M, Steiner CC, Liu S, Gilbert MTP, Sinding M-HS, Prost S, Guschanski K, Nathan SKSS, Brace S, Chan YL, Wheat CW, Skoglund P, Ryder OA, Goossens B, Götherström A, Dalén L (2021) Genomic insights into the conservation status of the world’s last remaining Sumatran rhinoceros populations. Nature Communications, 12 (1) : doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-22386-8

Booth TJ, Brück J, Brace S, Barnes I (2021) Tales from the Supplementary Information: Ancestry Change in Chalcolithic–Early Bronze Age Britain Was Gradual with Varied Kinship Organization. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 31 (3) : 379 - 400. doi: 10.1017/s0959774321000019

Rey-Iglesia A, Lister AM, Campos PF, Brace S, Mattiangeli V, Daly KG, Teasdale MD, Bradley DG, Barnes I, Hansen AJ (2021) Exploring the phylogeography and population dynamics of the giant deer ( Megaloceros giganteus ) using Late Quaternary mitogenomes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 288 (1950) : doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.1864

Perri AR, Mitchell KJ, Mouton A, Álvarez-Carretero S, Hulme-Beaman A, Haile J, Jamieson A, Meachen J, Lin AT, Schubert BW, Ameen C, Antipina EE, Bover P, Brace S, Carmagnini A, Carøe C, Samaniego Castruita JA, Chatters JC, Dobney K, dos Reis M, Evin A, Gaubert P, Gopalakrishnan S, Gower G, Heiniger H, Helgen KM, Kapp J, Kosintsev PA, Linderholm A, Ozga AT, Presslee S, Salis AT, Saremi NF, Shew C, Skerry K, Taranenko DE, Thompson M, Sablin MV, Kuzmin YV, Collins MJ, Sinding M-HS, Gilbert MTP, Stone AC, Shapiro B, Van Valkenburgh B, Wayne RK, Larson G, Cooper A, Frantz LAF (2021) Dire wolves were the last of an ancient New World canid lineage. Nature, 591 (7848) : 87 - 91. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-03082-x

Woods R, Barnes I, Brace S, Turvey ST (2021) Ancient DNA Suggests Single Colonization and Within-Archipelago Diversification of Caribbean Caviomorph Rodents. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 38 (1) : 84 - 95. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msaa189

Woods R, Turvey ST, Brace S, McCabe CV, Dalén L, Rayfield EJ, Brown MJF, Barnes I (2020) Rapid size change associated with intra-island evolutionary radiation in extinct Caribbean “island-shrews”. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 20 (1) : doi: 10.1186/s12862-020-01668-7

Scott MF, Botigué LR, Brace S, Stevens CJ, Mullin VE, Stevenson A, Thomas MG, Fuller DQ, Mott R (2019) A 3,000-year-old Egyptian emmer wheat genome reveals dispersal and domestication history. Nature Plants, 5 (11) : 1120 - 1128. doi: 10.1038/s41477-019-0534-5

Turvey ST, Marr MM, Barnes I, Brace S, Tapley B, Murphy RW, Zhao E, Cunningham AA (2019) Historical museum collections clarify the evolutionary history of cryptic species radiation in the world's largest amphibians. Ecology and Evolution, 9 (18) : 10070 - 10084. doi: 10.1002/ece3.5257

Bokelmann L, Hajdinjak M, Peyrégne S, Brace S, Essel E, de Filippo C, Glocke I, Grote S, Mafessoni F, Nagel S, Kelso J, Prüfer K, Vernot B, Barnes I, Pääbo S, Meyer M, Stringer C (2019) A genetic analysis of the Gibraltar Neanderthals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116 (31) : 15610 - 15615. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1903984116

Schulting R, Booth T, Brace S, Diekmann Y, Thomas M, Barnes I, Meiklejohn C, Babb J, Budd C, Charlton S, van der Plicht H, Mullan G, Wilson L (2019) Aveline's Hole: An Unexpected Twist in the Tale. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society, 28 (1) : 9 - 63.

Brace S, Diekmann Y, Booth TJ, van Dorp L, Faltyskova Z, Rohland N, Mallick S, Olalde I, Ferry M, Michel M, Oppenheimer J, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Stewardson K, Martiniano R, Walsh S, Kayser M, Charlton S, Hellenthal G, Armit I, Schulting R, Craig OE, Sheridan A, Pearson MP, Stringer C, Reich D, Thomas MG, Barnes I (2019) Author Correction: Ancient genomes indicate population replacement in Early Neolithic Britain. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3 (6) : 986 - 987. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-0912-4

TRAVOUILLON KJ, SIMÕES BF, MIGUEZ RP, BRACE S, BREWER P, STEMMER D, PRICE GJ, CRAMB J, LOUYS J (null) Hidden in plain sight: reassessment of the pig-footed bandicoot, Chaeropus ecaudatus (Peramelemorphia, Chaeropodidae), with a description of a new species from central australia, and use of the fossil record to trace its past distribution. Zootaxa, 4566 (1) : 1 - 1. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4566.1.1

Brace S, Diekmann Y, Booth TJ, van Dorp L, Faltyskova Z, Rohland N, Mallick S, Olalde I, Ferry M, Michel M, Oppenheimer J, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Stewardson K, Martiniano R, Walsh S, Kayser M, Charlton S, Hellenthal G, Armit I, Schulting R, Craig OE, Sheridan A, Parker Pearson M, Stringer C, Reich D, Thomas MG, Barnes I (2019) Ancient genomes indicate population replacement in Early Neolithic Britain. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3 (5) : 765 - 771. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-0871-9

Woods R, Turvey ST, Brace S, MacPhee RDE, Barnes I (2018) Ancient DNA of the extinct Jamaican monkey Xenothrix reveals extreme insular change within a morphologically conservative radiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (50) : 12769 - 12774. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1808603115

Olalde I, Brace S, Allentoft ME, Armit I, Kristiansen K, Booth T, Rohland N, Mallick S, Szécsényi-Nagy A, Mittnik A, Altena E, Lipson M, Lazaridis I, Harper TK, Patterson N, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Diekmann Y, Faltyskova Z, Fernandes D, Ferry M, Harney E, de Knijff P, Michel M, Oppenheimer J, Stewardson K, Barclay A, Alt KW, Liesau C, Ríos P, Blasco C, Miguel JV, García RM, Fernández AA, Bánffy E, Bernabò-Brea M, Billoin D, Bonsall C, Bonsall L, Allen T, Büster L, Carver S, Navarro LC, Craig OE, Cook GT, Cunliffe B, Denaire A, Dinwiddy KE, Dodwell N, Ernée M, Evans C, Kuchařík M, Farré JF, Fowler C, Gazenbeek M, Pena RG, Haber-Uriarte M, Haduch E, Hey G, Jowett N, Knowles T, Massy K, Pfrengle S, Lefranc P, Lemercier O, Lefebvre A, Martínez CH, Olmo VG, Ramírez AB, Maurandi JL, Majó T, McKinley JI, McSweeney K, Mende BG, Modi A, Kulcsár G, Kiss V, Czene A, Patay R, Endrődi A, Köhler K, Hajdu T, Szeniczey T, Dani J, Bernert Z, Hoole M, Cheronet O, Keating D, Velemínský P, Dobeš M, Candilio F, Brown F, Fernández RF, Herrero-Corral A-M, Tusa S, Carnieri E, Lentini L, Valenti A, Zanini A, Waddington C, Delibes G, Guerra-Doce E, Neil B, Brittain M, Luke M, Mortimer R, Desideri J, Besse M, Brücken G, Furmanek M, Hałuszko A, Mackiewicz M, Rapiński A, Leach S, Soriano I, Lillios KT, Cardoso JL, Pearson MP, Włodarczak P, Price TD, Prieto P, Rey P-J, Risch R, Rojo Guerra MA, Schmitt A, Serralongue J, Silva AM, Smrčka V, Vergnaud L, Zilhão J, Caramelli D, Higham T, Thomas MG, Kennett DJ, Fokkens H, Heyd V, Sheridan A, Sjögren K-G, Stockhammer PW, Krause J, Pinhasi R, Haak W, Barnes I, Lalueza-Fox C, Reich D (2018) The Beaker phenomenon and the genomic transformation of northwest Europe. Nature, 555 (7695) : 190 - 196. doi: 10.1038/nature25738

Marr MM, Brace S, Schreve DC, Barnes I (2018) Identifying source populations for the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver, Castor fiber L. 1758, into Britain: evidence from ancient DNA. Scientific Reports, 8 (1) : doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-21173-8

Freedman J, van Dorp L, Brace S (2018) Destructive sampling natural science collections: an overview for museum professionals and researchers. Journal of Natural Science Collections, 5 : 21 - 34.

Hoole M, Sheridan A, Boyle A, Booth T, Brace S, Diekmann Y, Olalde I, Thomas MG, Barnes I, Evans J, Chenery C, Sloane H, Morrison H, Fraser S, Timpany S, Hamilton D (null) ‘Ava’: a Beaker-associated woman from a cist at Achavanich, Highland, and the story of her (re-)discovery and subsequent study. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 147 : 73 - 118. doi: 10.9750/psas.147.1250

Woods R, Marr M, Brace S, Barnes I (null) The Small and the Dead: A Review of Ancient DNA Studies Analysing Micromammal Species. Genes, 8 (11) : 312 - 312. doi: 10.3390/genes8110312

Turvey ST, Barnes I, Marr M, Brace S (2017) Imperial trophy or island relict? A new extinction paradigm for Père David's deer: a Chinese conservation icon. Royal Society Open Science, 4 (10) : 171096 - 171096. doi: 10.1098/rsos.171096

Turvey ST, Hansford J, Brace S, Mullin V, Gu S, Sun G (2016) Holocene range collapse of giant muntjacs and pseudo-endemism in the Annamite large mammal fauna. Journal of Biogeography, 43 (11) : 2250 - 2260. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12763

Welker F, Hajdinjak M, Talamo S, Jaouen K, Dannemann M, David F, Julien M, Meyer M, Kelso J, Barnes I, Brace S, Kamminga P, Fischer R, Kessler BM, Stewart JR, Pääbo S, Collins MJ, Hublin J-J (2016) Palaeoproteomic evidence identifies archaic hominins associated with the Châtelperronian at the Grotte du Renne. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113 (40) : 11162 - 11167. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1605834113

Brace S, Thomas JA, Dalén L, Burger J, MacPhee RDE, Barnes I, Turvey ST (2016) Evolutionary History of the Nesophontidae, the Last Unplaced Recent Mammal Family. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33 (12) : 3095 - 3103. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msw186

Brace S, Ruddy M, Miller R, Schreve DC, Stewart JR, Barnes I (2016) The colonization history of British water vole ( Arvicola amphibius (Linnaeus, 1758)): origins and development of the Celtic fringe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283 (1829) : 20160130 - 20160130. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0130

Turvey ST, Peters S, Brace S, Young RP, Crumpton N, Hansford J, Nuñez-Miño JM, King G, Tsalikidis K, Ottenwalder JA, Timpson A, Funk SM, Brocca JL, Thomas MG, Barnes I (2016) Independent evolutionary histories in allopatric populations of a threatened Caribbean land mammal. Diversity and Distributions, 22 (5) : 589 - 602. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12420

Field J, Shreeves G, Kennedy M, Brace S, Gilbert JDJ (2015) Sex-biased parental care and sexual size dimorphism in a provisioning arthropod. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69 (12) : 1897 - 1906. doi: 10.1007/s00265-015-2002-1

Brace S, Turvey ST, Weksler M, Hoogland MLP, Barnes I (2015) Unexpected evolutionary diversity in a recently extinct Caribbean mammal radiation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282 (1807) : 20142371 - 20142371. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2371

Welker F, Collins MJ, Thomas JA, Wadsley M, Brace S, Cappellini E, Turvey ST, Reguero M, Gelfo JN, Kramarz A, Burger J, Thomas-Oates J, Ashford DA, Ashton PD, Rowsell K, Porter DM, Kessler B, Fischer R, Baessmann C, Kaspar S, Olsen JV, Kiley P, Elliott JA, Kelstrup CD, Mullin V, Hofreiter M, Willerslev E, Hublin J-J, Orlando L, Barnes I, MacPhee RDE (2015) Ancient proteins resolve the evolutionary history of Darwin’s South American ungulates. Nature, 522 (7554) : 81 - 84. doi: 10.1038/nature14249

Brace S, Barnes I, Kitchener AC, Serjeantson D, Turvey ST (2014) Late Holocene range collapse in a former British seabird species. Journal of Biogeography, 41 (8) : 1583 - 1589. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12305

Ludtmann MHR, Otto GP, Schilde C, Chen Z-H, Allan CY, Brace S, Beesley PW, Kimmel AR, Fisher P, Killick R, others (2014) An ancestral non-proteolytic role for presenilin proteins in multicellular development of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. Journal of cell science, 127 : 1576 - 1584.

Martínková N, Barnett R, Cucchi T, Struchen R, Pascal M, Pascal M, Fischer MC, Higham T, Brace S, Ho SYW, others (2013) Divergent evolutionary processes associated with colonization of offshore islands. Molecular ecology, 22 : 5205 - 5220.

Brace S, Palkopoulou E, Dalén L, Lister AM, Miller R, Otte M, Germonpré M, Blockley SPE, Stewart JR, Barnes I (2012) Serial population extinctions in a small mammal indicate Late Pleistocene ecosystem instability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 (50) : 20532 - 20536. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1213322109

BRACE S, BARNES IAN, POWELL A, PEARSON R, WOOLAVER LG, THOMAS MG, TURVEY ST (2012) Population history of the Hispaniolan hutiaPlagiodontia aedium(Rodentia: Capromyidae): testing the model of ancient differentiation on a geotectonically complex Caribbean island. Molecular Ecology, 21 (9) : 2239 - 2253. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294x.2012.05514.x

Hansford J, Nu nez-Mi no JM, Young RP, Brace S, Brocca JL, Turvey ST (2012) Taxonomy-testing and the ‘Goldilocks Hypothesis’: morphometric analysis of species diversity in living and extinct Hispaniolan hutias. Systematics and Biodiversity, 10 : 491 - 507.

Turvey ST, Brace S, Weksler M (2012) A new species of recently extinct rice rat (< i> Megalomys) from Barbados. Mammalian Biology-Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, 77 : 404 - 413.

Field J, Brace S (2004) Pre-social benefits of extended parental care. Nature, 428 : 650 - 652.

Charlton S, Brace S, Hajdinjak M, Kearney R, Booth T, Reade H, Tripp JA, Sayle KL, Grimm SB, Bello SM, Walker EA, Gilardet A, East P, Glocke I, Larson G, Higham T, Stringer C, Skoglund P, Barnes I, Stevens RE (null) Dual ancestries and ecologies of the Late Glacial Palaeolithic in Britain. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 6 (11) : 1658 - 1668. doi: 10.1038/s41559-022-01883-z

Ní Leathlobhair M, Perri AR, Irving-Pease EK, Witt KE, Linderholm A, Haile J, Lebrasseur O, Ameen C, Blick J, Boyko AR, Brace S, Cortes YN, Crockford SJ, Devault A, Dimopoulos EA, Eldridge M, Enk J, Gopalakrishnan S, Gori K, Grimes V, Guiry E, Hansen AJ, Hulme-Beaman A, Johnson J, Kitchen A, Kasparov AK, Kwon Y-M, Nikolskiy PA, Lope CP, Manin A, Martin T, Meyer M, Myers KN, Omura M, Rouillard J-M, Pavlova EY, Sciulli P, Sinding M-HS, Strakova A, Ivanova VV, Widga C, Willerslev E, Pitulko VV, Barnes I, Gilbert MTP, Dobney KM, Malhi RS, Murchison EP, Larson G, Frantz LAF (2018) The evolutionary history of dogs in the Americas. Science, 361 (6397) : 81 - 85. doi: 10.1126/science.aao4776

Courses taught

MSc: MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity: Palaeobiology Module

2/2019.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity: Palaeobiology Module

2/2018 - 3/2018.

Invited and keynote speaker

Genomic Analyses of the Caribbean Mammal Fauna, ISBA 6 (International Symposium on Biomolecular Archeology): 28/8/2014.

Ancient DNA in the museum, SPNHC (Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections): 25/6/2014.

Invited speaker, Genomic Analyses of the Caribbean Mammal Fauna, Life Sciences Seminar NHM: 21/2/2014.

Invited speaker, Rodents of the Caribbean – an ancient DNA approach, McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research: 24/1/2014.

Invited speaker, Methods for the Optimal Recovery of DNA in Osteological Remains, SYNTHESYS Symposium: 1/8/2013.

Rice rats of the Caribbean: human impact on rice rat colonization in the Lesser Antilles, UKAS (UK Archaeological Sciences Conference): 13/4/2013.

Keynote speaker, Reconstructing the population history of the Hispaniolan hutia (Plagiodontia aedium), International Symposium of Ecology and Conservation: 11/4/2012.

Introduction

Summary

I’m a biologist who works with ancient and degraded DNA to investigate species-level and evolutionary processes. I am a researcher in the Earth Sciences Department and I manage the NHM ancient DNA laboratory.

My research centres on the use of genetic information from museum specimens to understand taxonomic and evolutionary relationships, population structure and history, and the ecological impact of past events. I have worked on a wide range of taxa including insects, rodents and prehistoric humans, with a special interest in highly degraded tropical material from the Caribbean, Indonesia and South America.

My current projects include working with museum bees, investigating land-use change in Indonesia and population structure in Andean bears from Colombia.

Qualifications

Degrees

Ph.D, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom, 2007 - 2010

B.Sc. (Hons), University College London, United Kingdom, 2000 - 2004

Employment history

Academic

Researcher in ancient DNA, The Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2017 - ongoing

Researcher/co-investigator-Wellcome, The Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2013 - 2019

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Royal Holloway University of London, Biological Sciences, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2013

Research/Laboratory Technican, University College London, United Kingdom, 2006 - 2007

Honorary Researcher, University College London, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2005

Field Research Site Manager in Kenya, Columbia University, United States, 2004 - 2005

Highlighted publications

Brace S, Diekmann Y, Booth T, Macleod R, Timpson A, et al. (2022) Genomes from a medieval mass burial show Ashkenazi-associated hereditary diseases pre-date the 12th century. Current Biology, 32 (20) : 4350 - 4359.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.08.036

Mullin VE, Stephen W, Arce AN, Nash W, Raine C, et al. (null) First large‐scale quantification study of DNA preservation in insects from natural history collections using genome‐wide sequencing. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1111/2041-210x.13945

Brace S, Diekmann Y, Booth TJ, van Dorp L, Faltyskova Z, et al. (2019) Ancient genomes indicate population replacement in Early Neolithic Britain. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3 (5) : 765 - 771. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-0871-9

Woods R, Turvey ST, Brace S, MacPhee RDE, Barnes I (2018) Ancient DNA of the extinct Jamaican monkey Xenothrix reveals extreme insular change within a morphologically conservative radiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (50) : 12769 - 12774. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1808603115

Olalde I, Brace S, Allentoft ME, Armit I, Kristiansen K, et al. (2018) The Beaker phenomenon and the genomic transformation of northwest Europe. Nature, 555 (7695) : 190 - 196. doi: 10.1038/nature25738

Brace S, Thomas JA, Dalén L, Burger J, MacPhee RDE, et al. (2016) Evolutionary History of the Nesophontidae, the Last Unplaced Recent Mammal Family. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33 (12) : 3095 - 3103. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msw186

Projects

Grants

Wallacea Region - Understanding biodiversity & evolutionary responses to environmental change
Role: Principal investigatorJohn Struebig M
Role: Co-investigator
Funding: NERC
Total value £700,000 (to Museum £20,204)
Dates: 2018 - 2021

EOS training in Keystone Skills in Bioinformatics
Funding: NERC
Dates: 2014 - 2014

Rodents of the Caribbean – an ancient DNA approach
Funding: Helen Shackleton Fund
Dates: 2010 - 2010

Investigating the impact of late Quaternary environmental changes using ancient DNA from small mammals
Funding: NERC

Professional activities
Publications

Publications

Adler GH, Brace S, Christenhusz MJM, Dittel JW, Hansford JP (2022) Integrative approaches to mammalian systematics, ecomorphology and biomechanics. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 196 (3) : 959 - 962. doi: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlac085

Sampaio FL, Day JJ, Mendis Wickramasinghe LJ, Cyriac VP, Papadopoulou A, Brace S, Rajendran A, Simon-Nutbrown C, Flouris T, Kapli P, Ranga Vidanapathirana D, Kotharambath R, Kodandaramaiah U, Gower DJ (2023) A near-complete species-level phylogeny of uropeltid snakes harnessing historical museum collections as a DNA source. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 178 : 107651 - 107651. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2022.107651

Gretzinger J, Sayer D, Justeau P, Altena E, Pala M, Dulias K, Edwards CJ, Jodoin S, Lacher L, Sabin S, Vågene ÅJ, Haak W, Ebenesersdóttir SS, Moore KHS, Radzeviciute R, Schmidt K, Brace S, Bager MA, Patterson N, Papac L, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Callan K, Harney É, Iliev L, Lawson AM, Michel M, Stewardson K, Zalzala F, Rohland N, Kappelhoff-Beckmann S, Both F, Winger D, Neumann D, Saalow L, Krabath S, Beckett S, Van Twest M, Faulkner N, Read C, Barton T, Caruth J, Hines J, Krause-Kyora B, Warnke U, Schuenemann VJ, Barnes I, Dahlström H, Clausen JJ, Richardson A, Popescu E, Dodwell N, Ladd S, Phillips T, Mortimer R, Sayer F, Swales D, Stewart A, Powlesland D, Kenyon R, Ladle L, Peek C, Grefen-Peters S, Ponce P, Daniels R, Spall C, Woolcock J, Jones AM, Roberts AV, Symmons R, Rawden AC, Cooper A, Bos KI, Booth T, Schroeder H, Thomas MG, Helgason A, Richards MB, Reich D, Krause J, Schiffels S (2022) Author Correction: The Anglo-Saxon migration and the formation of the early English gene pool. Nature, 611 (7934) : E3 - E3. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-05429-y

Gretzinger J, Sayer D, Justeau P, Altena E, Pala M, Dulias K, Edwards CJ, Jodoin S, Lacher L, Sabin S, Vågene ÅJ, Haak W, Ebenesersdóttir SS, Moore KHS, Radzeviciute R, Schmidt K, Brace S, Bager MA, Patterson N, Papac L, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Callan K, Harney É, Iliev L, Lawson AM, Michel M, Stewardson K, Zalzala F, Rohland N, Kappelhoff-Beckmann S, Both F, Winger D, Neumann D, Saalow L, Krabath S, Beckett S, Van Twest M, Faulkner N, Read C, Barton T, Caruth J, Hines J, Krause-Kyora B, Warnke U, Schuenemann VJ, Barnes I, Dahlström H, Clausen JJ, Richardson A, Popescu E, Dodwell N, Ladd S, Phillips T, Mortimer R, Sayer F, Swales D, Stewart A, Powlesland D, Kenyon R, Ladle L, Peek C, Grefen-Peters S, Ponce P, Daniels R, Spall C, Woolcock J, Jones AM, Roberts AV, Symmons R, Rawden AC, Cooper A, Bos KI, Booth T, Schroeder H, Thomas MG, Helgason A, Richards MB, Reich D, Krause J, Schiffels S (2022) The Anglo-Saxon migration and the formation of the early English gene pool. Nature, 610 (7930) : 112 - 119. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-05247-2

Brace S, Diekmann Y, Booth T, Macleod R, Timpson A, Stephen W, Emery G, Cabot S, Thomas MG, Barnes I (2022) Genomes from a medieval mass burial show Ashkenazi-associated hereditary diseases pre-date the 12th century. Current Biology, 32 (20) : 4350 - 4359.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.08.036

Arce AN, Cantwell‐Jones A, Tansley M, Barnes I, Brace S, Mullin VE, Notton D, Ollerton J, Eatough E, Rhodes MW, Bian X, Hogan J, Hunter T, Jackson S, Whiffin A, Blagoderov V, Broad G, Judd S, Kokkini P, Livermore L, Dixit MK, Pearse WD, Gill RJ (null) Signatures of increasing environmental stress in bumblebee wings over the past century: Insights from museum specimens. Journal of Animal Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.13788

Mullin VE, Stephen W, Arce AN, Nash W, Raine C, Notton DG, Whiffin A, Blagderov V, Gharbi K, Hogan J, Hunter T, Irish N, Jackson S, Judd S, Watkins C, Haerty W, Ollerton J, Brace S, Gill RJ, Barnes I (null) First large‐scale quantification study of DNA preservation in insects from natural history collections using genome‐wide sequencing. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1111/2041-210x.13945

Bergström A, Stanton DWG, Taron UH, Frantz L, Sinding M-HS, Ersmark E, Pfrengle S, Cassatt-Johnstone M, Lebrasseur O, Girdland-Flink L, Fernandes DM, Ollivier M, Speidel L, Gopalakrishnan S, Westbury MV, Ramos-Madrigal J, Feuerborn TR, Reiter E, Gretzinger J, Münzel SC, Swali P, Conard NJ, Carøe C, Haile J, Linderholm A, Androsov S, Barnes I, Baumann C, Benecke N, Bocherens H, Brace S, Carden RF, Drucker DG, Fedorov S, Gasparik M, Germonpré M, Grigoriev S, Groves P, Hertwig ST, Ivanova VV, Janssens L, Jennings RP, Kasparov AK, Kirillova IV, Kurmaniyazov I, Kuzmin YV, Kosintsev PA, Lázničková-Galetová M, Leduc C, Nikolskiy P, Nussbaumer M, O’Drisceoil C, Orlando L, Outram A, Pavlova EY, Perri AR, Pilot M, Pitulko VV, Plotnikov VV, Protopopov AV, Rehazek A, Sablin M, Seguin-Orlando A, Storå J, Verjux C, Zaibert VF, Zazula G, Crombé P, Hansen AJ, Willerslev E, Leonard JA, Götherström A, Pinhasi R, Schuenemann VJ, Hofreiter M, Gilbert MTP, Shapiro B, Larson G, Krause J, Dalén L, Skoglund P (2022) Grey wolf genomic history reveals a dual ancestry of dogs. Nature, 607 (7918) : 313 - 320. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-04824-9

Patterson N, Isakov M, Booth T, Büster L, Fischer C-E, Olalde I, Ringbauer H, Akbari A, Cheronet O, Bleasdale M, Adamski N, Altena E, Bernardos R, Brace S, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Callan K, Candilio F, Culleton B, Curtis E, Demetz L, Carlson KSD, Edwards CJ, Fernandes DM, Foody MGB, Freilich S, Goodchild H, Kearns A, Lawson AM, Lazaridis I, Mah M, Mallick S, Mandl K, Micco A, Michel M, Morante GB, Oppenheimer J, Özdoğan KT, Qiu L, Schattke C, Stewardson K, Workman JN, Zalzala F, Zhang Z, Agustí B, Allen T, Almássy K, Amkreutz L, Ash A, Baillif-Ducros C, Barclay A, Bartosiewicz L, Baxter K, Bernert Z, Blažek J, Bodružić M, Boissinot P, Bonsall C, Bradley P, Brittain M, Brookes A, Brown F, Brown L, Brunning R, Budd C, Burmaz J, Canet S, Carnicero-Cáceres S, Čaušević-Bully M, Chamberlain A, Chauvin S, Clough S, Čondić N, Coppa A, Craig O, Črešnar M, Cummings V, Czifra S, Danielisová A, Daniels R, Davies A, de Jersey P, Deacon J, Deminger C, Ditchfield PW, Dizdar M, Dobeš M, Dobisíková M, Domboróczki L, Drinkall G, Đukić A, Ernée M, Evans C, Evans J, Fernández-Götz M, Filipović S, Fitzpatrick A, Fokkens H, Fowler C, Fox A, Gallina Z, Gamble M, González Morales MR, González-Rabanal B, Green A, Gyenesei K, Habermehl D, Hajdu T, Hamilton D, Harris J, Hayden C, Hendriks J, Hernu B, Hey G, Horňák M, Ilon G, Istvánovits E, Jones AM, Kavur MB, Kazek K, Kenyon RA, Khreisheh A, Kiss V, Kleijne J, Knight M, Kootker LM, Kovács PF, Kozubová A, Kulcsár G, Kulcsár V, Le Pennec C, Legge M, Leivers M, Loe L, López-Costas O, Lord T, Los D, Lyall J, Marín-Arroyo AB, Mason P, Matošević D, Maxted A, McIntyre L, McKinley J, McSweeney K, Meijlink B, Mende BG, Menđušić M, Metlička M, Meyer S, Mihovilić K, Milasinovic L, Minnitt S, Moore J, Morley G, Mullan G, Musilová M, Neil B, Nicholls R, Novak M, Pala M, Papworth M, Paresys C, Patten R, Perkić D, Pesti K, Petit A, Petriščáková K, Pichon C, Pickard C, Pilling Z, Price TD, Radović S, Redfern R, Resutík B, Rhodes DT, Richards MB, Roberts A, Roefstra J, Sankot P, Šefčáková A, Sheridan A, Skae S, Šmolíková M, Somogyi K, Somogyvári Á, Stephens M, Szabó G, Szécsényi-Nagy A, Szeniczey T, Tabor J, Tankó K, Maria CT, Terry R, Teržan B, Teschler-Nicola M, Torres-Martínez JF, Trapp J, Turle R, Ujvári F, van der Heiden M, Veleminsky P, Veselka B, Vytlačil Z, Waddington C, Ware P, Wilkinson P, Wilson L, Wiseman R, Young E, Zaninović J, Žitňan A, Lalueza-Fox C, de Knijff P, Barnes I, Halkon P, Thomas MG, Kennett DJ, Cunliffe B, Lillie M, Rohland N, Pinhasi R, Armit I, Reich D (2022) Large-scale migration into Britain during the Middle to Late Bronze Age. Nature, 601 (7894) : 588 - 594. doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-04287-4

von Seth J, Dussex N, Díez-del-Molino D, van der Valk T, Kutschera VE, Kierczak M, Steiner CC, Liu S, Gilbert MTP, Sinding M-HS, Prost S, Guschanski K, Nathan SKSS, Brace S, Chan YL, Wheat CW, Skoglund P, Ryder OA, Goossens B, Götherström A, Dalén L (2021) Genomic insights into the conservation status of the world’s last remaining Sumatran rhinoceros populations. Nature Communications, 12 (1) : doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-22386-8

Booth TJ, Brück J, Brace S, Barnes I (2021) Tales from the Supplementary Information: Ancestry Change in Chalcolithic–Early Bronze Age Britain Was Gradual with Varied Kinship Organization. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 31 (3) : 379 - 400. doi: 10.1017/s0959774321000019

Rey-Iglesia A, Lister AM, Campos PF, Brace S, Mattiangeli V, Daly KG, Teasdale MD, Bradley DG, Barnes I, Hansen AJ (2021) Exploring the phylogeography and population dynamics of the giant deer ( Megaloceros giganteus ) using Late Quaternary mitogenomes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 288 (1950) : doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.1864

Perri AR, Mitchell KJ, Mouton A, Álvarez-Carretero S, Hulme-Beaman A, Haile J, Jamieson A, Meachen J, Lin AT, Schubert BW, Ameen C, Antipina EE, Bover P, Brace S, Carmagnini A, Carøe C, Samaniego Castruita JA, Chatters JC, Dobney K, dos Reis M, Evin A, Gaubert P, Gopalakrishnan S, Gower G, Heiniger H, Helgen KM, Kapp J, Kosintsev PA, Linderholm A, Ozga AT, Presslee S, Salis AT, Saremi NF, Shew C, Skerry K, Taranenko DE, Thompson M, Sablin MV, Kuzmin YV, Collins MJ, Sinding M-HS, Gilbert MTP, Stone AC, Shapiro B, Van Valkenburgh B, Wayne RK, Larson G, Cooper A, Frantz LAF (2021) Dire wolves were the last of an ancient New World canid lineage. Nature, 591 (7848) : 87 - 91. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-03082-x

Woods R, Barnes I, Brace S, Turvey ST (2021) Ancient DNA Suggests Single Colonization and Within-Archipelago Diversification of Caribbean Caviomorph Rodents. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 38 (1) : 84 - 95. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msaa189

Woods R, Turvey ST, Brace S, McCabe CV, Dalén L, Rayfield EJ, Brown MJF, Barnes I (2020) Rapid size change associated with intra-island evolutionary radiation in extinct Caribbean “island-shrews”. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 20 (1) : doi: 10.1186/s12862-020-01668-7

Scott MF, Botigué LR, Brace S, Stevens CJ, Mullin VE, Stevenson A, Thomas MG, Fuller DQ, Mott R (2019) A 3,000-year-old Egyptian emmer wheat genome reveals dispersal and domestication history. Nature Plants, 5 (11) : 1120 - 1128. doi: 10.1038/s41477-019-0534-5

Turvey ST, Marr MM, Barnes I, Brace S, Tapley B, Murphy RW, Zhao E, Cunningham AA (2019) Historical museum collections clarify the evolutionary history of cryptic species radiation in the world's largest amphibians. Ecology and Evolution, 9 (18) : 10070 - 10084. doi: 10.1002/ece3.5257

Bokelmann L, Hajdinjak M, Peyrégne S, Brace S, Essel E, de Filippo C, Glocke I, Grote S, Mafessoni F, Nagel S, Kelso J, Prüfer K, Vernot B, Barnes I, Pääbo S, Meyer M, Stringer C (2019) A genetic analysis of the Gibraltar Neanderthals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116 (31) : 15610 - 15615. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1903984116

Schulting R, Booth T, Brace S, Diekmann Y, Thomas M, Barnes I, Meiklejohn C, Babb J, Budd C, Charlton S, van der Plicht H, Mullan G, Wilson L (2019) Aveline's Hole: An Unexpected Twist in the Tale. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society, 28 (1) : 9 - 63.

Brace S, Diekmann Y, Booth TJ, van Dorp L, Faltyskova Z, Rohland N, Mallick S, Olalde I, Ferry M, Michel M, Oppenheimer J, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Stewardson K, Martiniano R, Walsh S, Kayser M, Charlton S, Hellenthal G, Armit I, Schulting R, Craig OE, Sheridan A, Pearson MP, Stringer C, Reich D, Thomas MG, Barnes I (2019) Author Correction: Ancient genomes indicate population replacement in Early Neolithic Britain. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3 (6) : 986 - 987. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-0912-4

TRAVOUILLON KJ, SIMÕES BF, MIGUEZ RP, BRACE S, BREWER P, STEMMER D, PRICE GJ, CRAMB J, LOUYS J (null) Hidden in plain sight: reassessment of the pig-footed bandicoot, Chaeropus ecaudatus (Peramelemorphia, Chaeropodidae), with a description of a new species from central australia, and use of the fossil record to trace its past distribution. Zootaxa, 4566 (1) : 1 - 1. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4566.1.1

Brace S, Diekmann Y, Booth TJ, van Dorp L, Faltyskova Z, Rohland N, Mallick S, Olalde I, Ferry M, Michel M, Oppenheimer J, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Stewardson K, Martiniano R, Walsh S, Kayser M, Charlton S, Hellenthal G, Armit I, Schulting R, Craig OE, Sheridan A, Parker Pearson M, Stringer C, Reich D, Thomas MG, Barnes I (2019) Ancient genomes indicate population replacement in Early Neolithic Britain. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3 (5) : 765 - 771. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-0871-9

Woods R, Turvey ST, Brace S, MacPhee RDE, Barnes I (2018) Ancient DNA of the extinct Jamaican monkey Xenothrix reveals extreme insular change within a morphologically conservative radiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (50) : 12769 - 12774. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1808603115

Olalde I, Brace S, Allentoft ME, Armit I, Kristiansen K, Booth T, Rohland N, Mallick S, Szécsényi-Nagy A, Mittnik A, Altena E, Lipson M, Lazaridis I, Harper TK, Patterson N, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Diekmann Y, Faltyskova Z, Fernandes D, Ferry M, Harney E, de Knijff P, Michel M, Oppenheimer J, Stewardson K, Barclay A, Alt KW, Liesau C, Ríos P, Blasco C, Miguel JV, García RM, Fernández AA, Bánffy E, Bernabò-Brea M, Billoin D, Bonsall C, Bonsall L, Allen T, Büster L, Carver S, Navarro LC, Craig OE, Cook GT, Cunliffe B, Denaire A, Dinwiddy KE, Dodwell N, Ernée M, Evans C, Kuchařík M, Farré JF, Fowler C, Gazenbeek M, Pena RG, Haber-Uriarte M, Haduch E, Hey G, Jowett N, Knowles T, Massy K, Pfrengle S, Lefranc P, Lemercier O, Lefebvre A, Martínez CH, Olmo VG, Ramírez AB, Maurandi JL, Majó T, McKinley JI, McSweeney K, Mende BG, Modi A, Kulcsár G, Kiss V, Czene A, Patay R, Endrődi A, Köhler K, Hajdu T, Szeniczey T, Dani J, Bernert Z, Hoole M, Cheronet O, Keating D, Velemínský P, Dobeš M, Candilio F, Brown F, Fernández RF, Herrero-Corral A-M, Tusa S, Carnieri E, Lentini L, Valenti A, Zanini A, Waddington C, Delibes G, Guerra-Doce E, Neil B, Brittain M, Luke M, Mortimer R, Desideri J, Besse M, Brücken G, Furmanek M, Hałuszko A, Mackiewicz M, Rapiński A, Leach S, Soriano I, Lillios KT, Cardoso JL, Pearson MP, Włodarczak P, Price TD, Prieto P, Rey P-J, Risch R, Rojo Guerra MA, Schmitt A, Serralongue J, Silva AM, Smrčka V, Vergnaud L, Zilhão J, Caramelli D, Higham T, Thomas MG, Kennett DJ, Fokkens H, Heyd V, Sheridan A, Sjögren K-G, Stockhammer PW, Krause J, Pinhasi R, Haak W, Barnes I, Lalueza-Fox C, Reich D (2018) The Beaker phenomenon and the genomic transformation of northwest Europe. Nature, 555 (7695) : 190 - 196. doi: 10.1038/nature25738

Marr MM, Brace S, Schreve DC, Barnes I (2018) Identifying source populations for the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver, Castor fiber L. 1758, into Britain: evidence from ancient DNA. Scientific Reports, 8 (1) : doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-21173-8

Freedman J, van Dorp L, Brace S (2018) Destructive sampling natural science collections: an overview for museum professionals and researchers. Journal of Natural Science Collections, 5 : 21 - 34.

Hoole M, Sheridan A, Boyle A, Booth T, Brace S, Diekmann Y, Olalde I, Thomas MG, Barnes I, Evans J, Chenery C, Sloane H, Morrison H, Fraser S, Timpany S, Hamilton D (null) ‘Ava’: a Beaker-associated woman from a cist at Achavanich, Highland, and the story of her (re-)discovery and subsequent study. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 147 : 73 - 118. doi: 10.9750/psas.147.1250

Woods R, Marr M, Brace S, Barnes I (null) The Small and the Dead: A Review of Ancient DNA Studies Analysing Micromammal Species. Genes, 8 (11) : 312 - 312. doi: 10.3390/genes8110312

Turvey ST, Barnes I, Marr M, Brace S (2017) Imperial trophy or island relict? A new extinction paradigm for Père David's deer: a Chinese conservation icon. Royal Society Open Science, 4 (10) : 171096 - 171096. doi: 10.1098/rsos.171096

Turvey ST, Hansford J, Brace S, Mullin V, Gu S, Sun G (2016) Holocene range collapse of giant muntjacs and pseudo-endemism in the Annamite large mammal fauna. Journal of Biogeography, 43 (11) : 2250 - 2260. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12763

Welker F, Hajdinjak M, Talamo S, Jaouen K, Dannemann M, David F, Julien M, Meyer M, Kelso J, Barnes I, Brace S, Kamminga P, Fischer R, Kessler BM, Stewart JR, Pääbo S, Collins MJ, Hublin J-J (2016) Palaeoproteomic evidence identifies archaic hominins associated with the Châtelperronian at the Grotte du Renne. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113 (40) : 11162 - 11167. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1605834113

Brace S, Thomas JA, Dalén L, Burger J, MacPhee RDE, Barnes I, Turvey ST (2016) Evolutionary History of the Nesophontidae, the Last Unplaced Recent Mammal Family. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33 (12) : 3095 - 3103. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msw186

Brace S, Ruddy M, Miller R, Schreve DC, Stewart JR, Barnes I (2016) The colonization history of British water vole ( Arvicola amphibius (Linnaeus, 1758)): origins and development of the Celtic fringe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283 (1829) : 20160130 - 20160130. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0130

Turvey ST, Peters S, Brace S, Young RP, Crumpton N, Hansford J, Nuñez-Miño JM, King G, Tsalikidis K, Ottenwalder JA, Timpson A, Funk SM, Brocca JL, Thomas MG, Barnes I (2016) Independent evolutionary histories in allopatric populations of a threatened Caribbean land mammal. Diversity and Distributions, 22 (5) : 589 - 602. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12420

Field J, Shreeves G, Kennedy M, Brace S, Gilbert JDJ (2015) Sex-biased parental care and sexual size dimorphism in a provisioning arthropod. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69 (12) : 1897 - 1906. doi: 10.1007/s00265-015-2002-1

Brace S, Turvey ST, Weksler M, Hoogland MLP, Barnes I (2015) Unexpected evolutionary diversity in a recently extinct Caribbean mammal radiation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282 (1807) : 20142371 - 20142371. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2371

Welker F, Collins MJ, Thomas JA, Wadsley M, Brace S, Cappellini E, Turvey ST, Reguero M, Gelfo JN, Kramarz A, Burger J, Thomas-Oates J, Ashford DA, Ashton PD, Rowsell K, Porter DM, Kessler B, Fischer R, Baessmann C, Kaspar S, Olsen JV, Kiley P, Elliott JA, Kelstrup CD, Mullin V, Hofreiter M, Willerslev E, Hublin J-J, Orlando L, Barnes I, MacPhee RDE (2015) Ancient proteins resolve the evolutionary history of Darwin’s South American ungulates. Nature, 522 (7554) : 81 - 84. doi: 10.1038/nature14249

Brace S, Barnes I, Kitchener AC, Serjeantson D, Turvey ST (2014) Late Holocene range collapse in a former British seabird species. Journal of Biogeography, 41 (8) : 1583 - 1589. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12305

Ludtmann MHR, Otto GP, Schilde C, Chen Z-H, Allan CY, Brace S, Beesley PW, Kimmel AR, Fisher P, Killick R, others (2014) An ancestral non-proteolytic role for presenilin proteins in multicellular development of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. Journal of cell science, 127 : 1576 - 1584.

Martínková N, Barnett R, Cucchi T, Struchen R, Pascal M, Pascal M, Fischer MC, Higham T, Brace S, Ho SYW, others (2013) Divergent evolutionary processes associated with colonization of offshore islands. Molecular ecology, 22 : 5205 - 5220.

Brace S, Palkopoulou E, Dalén L, Lister AM, Miller R, Otte M, Germonpré M, Blockley SPE, Stewart JR, Barnes I (2012) Serial population extinctions in a small mammal indicate Late Pleistocene ecosystem instability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 (50) : 20532 - 20536. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1213322109

BRACE S, BARNES IAN, POWELL A, PEARSON R, WOOLAVER LG, THOMAS MG, TURVEY ST (2012) Population history of the Hispaniolan hutiaPlagiodontia aedium(Rodentia: Capromyidae): testing the model of ancient differentiation on a geotectonically complex Caribbean island. Molecular Ecology, 21 (9) : 2239 - 2253. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294x.2012.05514.x

Hansford J, Nu nez-Mi no JM, Young RP, Brace S, Brocca JL, Turvey ST (2012) Taxonomy-testing and the ‘Goldilocks Hypothesis’: morphometric analysis of species diversity in living and extinct Hispaniolan hutias. Systematics and Biodiversity, 10 : 491 - 507.

Turvey ST, Brace S, Weksler M (2012) A new species of recently extinct rice rat (< i> Megalomys) from Barbados. Mammalian Biology-Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, 77 : 404 - 413.

Field J, Brace S (2004) Pre-social benefits of extended parental care. Nature, 428 : 650 - 652.

Charlton S, Brace S, Hajdinjak M, Kearney R, Booth T, Reade H, Tripp JA, Sayle KL, Grimm SB, Bello SM, Walker EA, Gilardet A, East P, Glocke I, Larson G, Higham T, Stringer C, Skoglund P, Barnes I, Stevens RE (null) Dual ancestries and ecologies of the Late Glacial Palaeolithic in Britain. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 6 (11) : 1658 - 1668. doi: 10.1038/s41559-022-01883-z

Ní Leathlobhair M, Perri AR, Irving-Pease EK, Witt KE, Linderholm A, Haile J, Lebrasseur O, Ameen C, Blick J, Boyko AR, Brace S, Cortes YN, Crockford SJ, Devault A, Dimopoulos EA, Eldridge M, Enk J, Gopalakrishnan S, Gori K, Grimes V, Guiry E, Hansen AJ, Hulme-Beaman A, Johnson J, Kitchen A, Kasparov AK, Kwon Y-M, Nikolskiy PA, Lope CP, Manin A, Martin T, Meyer M, Myers KN, Omura M, Rouillard J-M, Pavlova EY, Sciulli P, Sinding M-HS, Strakova A, Ivanova VV, Widga C, Willerslev E, Pitulko VV, Barnes I, Gilbert MTP, Dobney KM, Malhi RS, Murchison EP, Larson G, Frantz LAF (2018) The evolutionary history of dogs in the Americas. Science, 361 (6397) : 81 - 85. doi: 10.1126/science.aao4776

Teaching and students

Courses taught

MSc: MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity: Palaeobiology Module

2/2019.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity: Palaeobiology Module

2/2018 - 3/2018.

Impact and outreach

Invited and keynote speaker

Genomic Analyses of the Caribbean Mammal Fauna, ISBA 6 (International Symposium on Biomolecular Archeology): 28/8/2014.

Ancient DNA in the museum, SPNHC (Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections): 25/6/2014.

Invited speaker, Genomic Analyses of the Caribbean Mammal Fauna, Life Sciences Seminar NHM: 21/2/2014.

Invited speaker, Rodents of the Caribbean – an ancient DNA approach, McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research: 24/1/2014.

Invited speaker, Methods for the Optimal Recovery of DNA in Osteological Remains, SYNTHESYS Symposium: 1/8/2013.

Rice rats of the Caribbean: human impact on rice rat colonization in the Lesser Antilles, UKAS (UK Archaeological Sciences Conference): 13/4/2013.

Keynote speaker, Reconstructing the population history of the Hispaniolan hutia (Plagiodontia aedium), International Symposium of Ecology and Conservation: 11/4/2012.