Recent Publications


Research Articles

Unkle SL, Norman LEY, Tackney J, Krus AM, Jensen AM, Alix C, Mason O, O’Rourke DH. 2022. Genetic Analysis of Birnirk Inuit from the Alaskan North Slope. Arctic 75(1), 121-132.

Moss ML, Bingham B, Blankenship R, DeSilva U, Frome R, Labonte M, Li J, Palmer E, Kemp BM. 2022. What Ancient DNA Reveals about the Ubiquitous Rockfish of the Northwest Coast of North America. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.

Kennedy RJ, Bingham B, Flores MF, Kemp BM. 2022. Ancient DNA Identification Of Giant Snakehead (Channa Micropeltes) Remains From The Market Street Chinatown And Some Implications For The Nineteenth-Century Pacific World Fish Trade. American Antiquity.

Conrad C, DeSilva U, Bingham B, Kemp BM, Gobalet KW, Bruner K, Pastron AG. 2021. Finny Merchandise: The Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua) Trade in Gold Rush-era (ca. 1849-1855), San Francisco, California. Journal of Anthropological Research.

Lanman RB, Hylkema L, Boone CM, Allee B, Castillo RO, Moreno SA, Flores MF, DeSilva U, Bingham B, Kemp BM. 2021. Ancient DNA Analysis of Archaeological Specimens as Extends Chinook Salmon’s Known Historic Range. PLOS ONE.

Halffman CM, Potter BA, Mckinney HJ, Tsutaya T, Finney BP, Kemp BM, Bartelink EJ, Wooller MJ, Buckley M, Clark CT, Johnson JJ, Bingham BL, Lanoë FB, Sattler RA, Reuther JD. 2020. Ancient Beringian paleodiets revealed through multiproxy stable isotope analyses. Science Advances 6.

Flegentov P, Altınışık NE, Changmai P, Rohland N, Mallick S, Adamski N, Bolnick D, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Candilio F, Culleton B, Flegontova O, Friesen TM, Jeong C, Harper T, Keating D, Kennett D, Kim A, Lamnidis T, Lawson A, Olalde I, Oppenheimer J, Potter B, Raff J, Sattler R, Skoglund P, Stewardson K, Vajda E, Vasilyev S, Veselovskaya E, Hayes MG, O’Rourke DH, Krause J, Pinhasi R, Reich D. 2019. Palaeo-Eskimo genetic ancestry and the peopling of Chukotka and North America. Nature 570, 236-240.

Reynolds A, Mata-Miguez J, Miro-Herrans A, Briggs-Cloud M, Sylestine A, Barajas-Olmos F, Garcia-Ortiz H, Rzhetskaya M, Orozco L, Raff J, Hayes M, & Bolnick D. 2019. Comparing signals of natural selection between three Indigenous North American populations. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 116(19), 9312-9317. doi:

Tackney J, Jensen A, Kisielinski C, & O’Rourke DH. 2019. Molecular analysis of an ancient Thule population at Nuvuk, Point Barrow, Alaska. Am J Phys Anthropol, 168(2), 303-317. doi:

Hlusko L, Carlson J, Chaplin G, Elias S, Hoffecker J, Huffman M, Jablonski N, Monson T, O’Rourke DH, Pilloud M, & Scott G. 2018. Environmental selection during the last ice age on the mother-to-infant transmission of vitamin D and fatty acids through breast milk. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 115(19), E4426-E4432. doi:10.1073/pnas.1711788115

Norman L. 2018. Comparing fill and floor: A taphonomic framework for understanding depositional histories in a semi‐subterranean house in north‐west Alaska. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 28(6), 782-792. doi:

Norman L. 2018. Using ethnohistoric documents as analogical tools: A case study from northwest Alaska. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 51, 1-15. doi:

Eisenberg D, Tackney J, Cawthon R, Cloutier C, & Hawkes K. 2017. Paternal and grandpaternal ages at conception and descendant telomere lengths in chimpanzees and humans. Am J Phys Anthropol, 162(2), 201-207. doi:

Norman L, Friesen T., Alix C, O’Rourke DH, Michael J, & Mason O. 2017. An Early Inupiaq Occupation: Observations on a Thule House From Cape Espenberg, Alaska. Open Archaeology, 3(1), 17-48. doi:

Coltrain J, Tackney J, & O’Rourke, D.H. 2016. Thule whaling at Point Barrow, Alaska: The Nuvuk cemetery stable isotope and radiocarbon record. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 9, 681-694. doi:

Friesen T, & Norman, L. 2016. The Pembroke Site: Thule Inuit Migrants on Southern Victoria Island. Arctic, 1-18. doi:

Hoffecker J, Elias S, O’Rourke DH, Scott G, & Bigelow N. 2016. Beringia and the global dispersal of modern humans. Evol Anthropol, 25(2), 64-78. doi:10.1002/evan.21478

Raff J. 2015. Anthropological Genetics and Social Media Outreach. American Anthropologist, 117(4), 744-749. doi:

Raff J, Rzhetskaya M, Tackney J, & Hayes M. 2015. Mitochondrial diversity of Inupiat people from the Alaskan North Slope provides evidence for the origins of the Paleo- and Neo-Eskimo peoples. Am J Phys Anthropol, 157(4), 603-614. doi:

Reynolds A*, Raff J*, Bolnick D, Cook D, & Kaestle F. 2015. Ancient DNA from the Schild site in Illinois: Implications for the Mississippian transition in the Lower Illinois River Valley. Am J Phys Anthropol, 156(3), 434-448. doi: *Co-First authors

Tackney J, Potter B, Raff J, Powers M, Watkins W, Warner D, Reuther J, Irish J, & O’Rourke DH. 2015. Two contemporaneous mitogenomes from terminal Pleistocene burials in Eastern Beringia. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 112(45), 13833-13838. doi:

Syntheses, Commentaries, and Related Publications:

Braje TJ, Erlandon J, Torben C, Davis L, Dillehay T, Fedje D, Froese D, Gusick A, Mackie Q, McLaren D, Pitbaldo B, Raff J, Reeder-Meyers L, Waters M. 2020.  Fladmark + 40: What Have We Learned about a Potential Pacific Coast Peopling of the Americas? American Antiquity 85(1), 1-21.

Raff J. 2017. Genetics: Ancient DNA Clarifies Population Histories of the Northeastern Margin of North America. Current Biology, 27(20), R1116-R1118. doi:

Bolnick D, Raff J, Springs L, Reynolds A., & Miró-Herrans A. 2016. Native American genomics and population histories. Annual Review of Anthropology, 45, 319-340. doi:

Raff J, & Bolnick D. 2015. Does mitochondrial haplogroup X indicate ancient trans-Atlantic migration to the Americas? A critical re-evaluation. PaleoAmerica, 1(4), 297-304. doi:


Tackney J, & Raff J. 2019. A different way: Persepectives on Human Genetic Research from the Arctic. Thee SAA Archaeological Record, 19(2), 20.

Bardill J, Bader A, Garrison N, Bolnick D, Raff J, Walker A, Malhi R, the SING Consortium 2018. Advancing the Ethics of Paleogenomics. Science, 360(6387), 384-385. doi:

Claw K, Anderson M, Begay R, Tsosie K, Fox K, & Nanibaa’A G. 2018. A framework for enhancing ethical genomic research with Indigenous communities. Nature Communications, 9(1), 1-7. doi: (Raff J is a member of the SING Consortium).


O’Rourke DH. 2019. A companion to anthropological genetics: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118769195.

Trevathan, Wenda, editor-in-chief. 2018. The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology, Vol. 1-3. New York: Wiley Blackwell. (O’Rourke DH, Assoc. Ed. For Anthropological Genetics). ISBN 9781118584538.

Raff J. 2016. Handbook on Science Literacy: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. ISBN 9781524907358.

Invited Book Chapter:

Norman LEY, Barrett CE, Unkel S, Jensen AM, O’Rourke DH, Raff J. 2022. Ethical Aspects of Community-Based Paleogenomic Research Using Museum Samples. Contextualizing Museum Collections at the Smithsonian Institution: The Relevance of Collections-Based Research in the Twenty-First Century. Washington, D.C.: Smithosonian Scholarly Press. ISSN (Online) 1943-6661.

Tackney J, Fair E, O’Rourke DH. 2019. Molecular Genetic Analysis of the Human Remains at Swift Water Place. In: Anderson, Douglas D. and Anderson, Wanni W, editors. Life at Swift Water Place. Fairbanks, AK, US: University of Alaska Press. p 239-256.

Alix C, Mason W, and Norman L. 2018. Whales, wood, and baleen in northwestern Alaska: Reflection on whaling through wood and boat technology at the Rising Whale site. In: Lee Sang-Mon editor. Whale on the Rock II. Ulsan Petroglyph Museum. p 39-66.

Raff J. 2018. Ancient DNA and Bioarcheology. In: O’Rourke DHH, editor. Companion to Anthropological Genetics. Hoboken, NJ, US: John Wiley & Sons. p 187-198.

Tackney J. 2018. Massively Parallel Sequencing. In: Trevathan W, editor. The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology, Vol 1. New York: Wiley Blackwell.

Tackney J. 2018. Electrophoresis. In: Trevathan W, editor. The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology, Vol 1. New York: Wiley Blackwell.

O’Rourke DH. 2016. Molecular Approaches to Colonization and Population History in North American Arctic. In: Sanz N, editor. Human Origin Sites and the World Heritage Convention in the Americas, Vol II. HEADS 5, World Heritage Papers 42. UNESCO.

Tackney J, Coltrain J, Raff J, O’Rourke DH. 2016. Ancient DNA and Stable Isotopes: Windows on Arctic Prehistory. In: Mason W and Friesen M, editors. Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Arctic. New York, NY, US. Oxford University Press. p 51-80.

Book Reviews:

O’Rourke DH. Review of Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America. 2019. Craig Childs, Pantheon. Amer J Hum Biol. E23295.

Raff J. 2018. In an Age of Gene Editing and Surrogacy, What Does Heredity Mean? Review of Carl Zimmer’s She Has Her Mothers Laugh. The New York Times Book Review.

Norman L. 2016 Review of The Wales, Alaska, Archaeology Project, 1996-2006. Roger K. Harrit. Alaska Journal of Anthropology 14(1&2): 133-134.


Alix C and Mason O with contributions from Anderson S, Bogardus R, Bigelow N, Lincoln A, Norman L, Maio C, Vanlandeghem M, O’Rourke DH, Rasic J, Lorain M, Prentiss A. 2018. Birnirk Prehistory and the Emergence of Inupiaq Culture in Northwest Alaska: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives. Field Investigations at Cape Espenberg. 2017. Annual Report to the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Fairbanks, AK.

Alix C with contributions from Mason O, Norman L, Vanlandeghem, Maio C, and Bigelow N. 2017. Rapport sur les opérations réalisées de juin à août dans le nord-ouest de l’Alaska, Cape Espenberg. University Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne, CNRS – ArchAm.

Alix C, Mason O, Norman L, Bigelow N, Maio C. 2017. Birnirk Prehistory and the Emergence of Inupiaq Culture in Northwest Alaska: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives. Field Investigations at Cape Espenberg, 2016. Annual Report to the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Fairbanks, AK.

Alix C with contributions by Mason O, Norman L, O’Rourke DH, Bigelow N, Grieve S, Poupon L, and Vanlandeghem M. 2016. Rapport sur les opérations réalisées de juin à août dans le nord-ouest de l’Alaska. Mission, Cap Espenberg. University Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne, CNRS – ArchAm.


Get in Touch

    Please feel free to contact us with questions, concerns, or inquiries. We are particularly eager to hear from potential collaborators, potential graduate or undergraduate students, and any community members interested in or affected by our past or current research projects. This form can also be used for any press inquiries, or if you are interested in making a private or public donation to the KU Anthropological Genetics Research Facilities.