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Dr Jennifer Jones

Lecturer in Archaeology
School of Natural Sciences

Jennifer is an archaeological scientist. She is interested in exploring the interactions between humans, animals and the environments in which they lived. She uses stable isotope analysis alongside traditional zooarchaeological methods to reconstruct past human diet, animal management strategies and faunal palaeoecologies. She is also interested in using biomolecular methods alongside wider proxies to reconstruct past environmental and climatic changes and how this impacted on past human and animal behaviour.

Jennifer’s research explores a range of topics related to human-animal-environment interactions. She has recently published researcher on the survival of human and animal populations in the Southern European refugia during the Last Glacial Maximum, and the environmental conditions surrounding the extinction of the Neanderthals and Rise of Modern Humans in Southern Europe. She is also interested in the diet of early farmers, and the pastoral strategies that they used, and the adaptations of Atlantic farmers to liminal insular environments. Jennifer teaches on a range of modules at UCLAN, drawing on examples from her research in her lectures and classes.

Before starting at UCLAN Jennifer has previously worked in institutions in both the UK and Spain She held a Juan de la Cierva Incorporación Fellowship awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Science, innovation, and Universities, at the University of Cantabria in Spain (2019-2020). Prior to this Jennifer was a Lecturer (2018-2019) and Teaching Fellow (2017-2018) in Archaeological Science at the University of Aberdeen where she coordinated a range of Undergraduate and master’s modules. Between 2015-2017 Jennifer held a prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow to research her project “CLIMAPROX: Hunter-Gatherer adaptations in northern Iberian Refugia from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Mesolithic: A Multi-Proxy Climatic Investigation”, at the University of Cantabria. She was also a Posdoctoral Researcher as part of the project “EUROREFUGIA: Human Subsistence and Climate Change in European Refugia: Late Neanderthals and Early Modern Humans” also at the University of Cantabria.