Dr Tamsin O'Connell
Tamsin O'Connell started academic life as a chemist but the lure of applied science led her to archaeology. After a long stretch in Oxford (two degrees, two post-doc positions), she moved to Cambridge to set up the Dorothy Garrod Isotope Laboratory in the Department of Archaeology. Her research traces signals of diet and climate in human and animal tissues, using isotopic analysis. As well as application to archaeological, ecological and epidemiological case studies, her work focuses on developing our understanding of the underlying principles, so as to improve the resolution of interpretations and conclusions that we can draw from isotopic analyses.