Professor Julia Lee-Thorp
Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, School of Archaeology
Julia Lee-Thorp joined the University of Oxford in 2010, having previously taught at the Universities of Cape Town and Bradford respectively. She is broadly a Africanist archaeologist and human origins anthropologist with expertise in stable isotope ecology and in the isotopic and chemical composition of fossil bones and teeth. She teaches in the M.Sc. in Archaeological Science and is currently Vice-Chair of the School of Archaeology. She is a NERC Core Panel Member and serves on the NERC Isotope Geosciences Facility Steering Committee.
Her main research interests are in the role of diet and environment in early human origins and in the emergence of modern humans but she has also applied stable isotope ecology approaches to more recent palaeoclimate shifts in southern Africa, subsistence patterns in early farming systems, and the life histories of humans and primates. She has carried out fieldwork and research in Africa, South America and Eurasia.