Current PhD Students

I am always interested in hearing from students who would like to pursue PhD studies - please email me if you would like to discuss potential projects!

Nikki Lamb - 2014

The relationship between musculoskeletal markers and nutritional health in the transitional phase between the High and Late Mediaeval Periods in England.


Twitter: @OsteoNikki


My research is focused on the musculoskeletal markers [MSMs] of the Pelvis, Femur and Tibia, and how in combination nutrition, disease and habitual motion can effect bone structure at muscle attachment sites.


-    To explore the relationship between musculoskeletal markers in the lower skeleton and markers of nutritional health.

-    To investigate if lower limb musculoskeletal markers can be used to establish habitual activity patterns in High to Late Mediaeval population.

-    To establish if there is significant variation between musculoskeletal markers found in rural and urban populations and if any transitional patterning can be found.

-    To investigate if transitional populations show variation in musculoskeletal markers and skeletal traits that show change in habits and lifestyle.

I hold a BSc. (Hons) in Forensic Science from the University of Kent and a Postgraduate Diploma in Anthropology from Oxford Brookes. I have worked for two field seasons on the El Hemmeh dig in Jordan run by the University of Kiel. []

I am a teaching assistant on the Human Osteology course at Oxford Brookes University.

Sophie Edwards - 2015

A Comparison of craniomandibular ontogeny between fossil Hominoids of the Late Miocene and Early Pliocene epochs in relation to contemporary climate change and palaeoecological shifts.



My research investigates how climate change and shifting environments affected the morphological evolution of the craniomandibular aspects of Miocene and Pliocene hominoid species. Before this, I read Archaeology at Leicester University. 

I am a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a member of the HOPE research group at Oxford Brookes. I have spent my spare time volunteering as an archivist at a local museum and offering my archaeological skills at fieldwork sites within Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire. 


Edwards, S. (2012) Analysis of Two Competing Theories on the Origin of Homo sapiens sapiens: Multiregional Theory vs. the Out of Africa 2 Model. 

Anthrojournal Vol. 1

Edwards, S. (2014) Analysis of Late Pliocene Palaeoclimatography and the effects of Climate Change on contemporary hominin evolution.

Antrojournal Vol. 2

Milly Farrell - 2015

The Lure of London: Immigrant social status and health in Post-Medieval London


My project incorporates the extensive skeletal collections of the Museum of London to assess patterns of health and social status amongst immigrant populations in the capital during the post-med era. Through assessing the literature from the period and cross-referencing this with the osteological evidence, I hope to form an understanding of the many ethnic minority groups living in London during this complex era, which saw major shifts in industry, culture and health. 

My background is in museum collections, having been a collections curator for over 6 years; working at the Royal College of Surgeons, Natural History Museum London and the Museum of London. I have previously undertaken my own research using these collections and I am a strong advocate for using the many specialist museum collections across the UK in modern research. I have an MSc in Skeletal and Dental Bioarchaeology from UCL and a BA Hons in Archaeology from Newcastle University.

Key Publications:

Farrell, M., Rando, C. and Garrod, B., 2015, Lessons from the Past: Metabolic Bone Disease in Historical Captive Primates, Int. J. of Primatology.

Farrell, M., 2013, Can Historical Specimens be Applied to Modern Research?, Primary Dental J., 2:4, 34-36.

Farrell, M., 2013, A Case of Intentional Dental Modification: Assessment of a historical museum specimen from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Faculty Dental J., 4:4, 186-191.

Farrell, M. and Williams, E., 2013, The Odontological Collection at The Royal College of Surgeons, British Dental J., 215:1, 41-43.

Farrell, M., 2012, The Odontological Collection at The Royal College of Surgeons of England. Faculty Dental J., 3:2, 112-117.

Farrell, M., 2011, An Overview of the Primate Research Collection at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Primate Eye, 103, 51-52.

Farrell, M., 2010, One hundred and fifty years of the Odontological Collection. Dental Historian, 51, 85-91.

Farrell, M., 2010, The Odontological Collection at The Royal College of Surgeons of England: a short review. Bulletin of the Int. Assoc. Paleodontology, 4:1, 22-26.

Farrell, M., 2009, Brief Communication: A Unique Dental Resource: The Odontological Collection at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. J. of Dental Anthropology, 22:3, 93-95.