Laura Weyrich

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Associate Professor, Anthropology

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My research investigates how the human microbiome is influenced by environmental pressures, including pollution, food sources, water, etc. My team also investigates the history of environmental soil microbiomes and how anthropogenic forces have shaped them over time.

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Recent Publications

Stochastic models support rapid peopling of Late Pleistocene Sahul

Bradshaw, C. J. A., Norman, K., Ulm, S., Williams, A. N., Clarkson, C., Chadœuf, J., Lin, S. C., Jacobs, Z., Roberts, R. G., Bird, M. I., Weyrich, L. S., Haberle, S. G., O’Connor, S., Llamas, B., Cohen, T. J., Friedrich, T., Veth, P., Leavesley, M. & Saltré, F., Dec 2021, In: Nature communications. 12, 1, 2440.

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Effectiveness of decontamination protocols when analyzing ancient DNA preserved in dental calculus

Farrer, A. G., Wright, S. L., Skelly, E., Eisenhofer, R., Dobney, K. & Weyrich, L. S., Dec 2021, In: Scientific reports. 11, 1, 7456.

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Researchers using environmental DNA must engage ethically with Indigenous communities

Handsley-Davis, M., Kowal, E., Russell, L. & Weyrich, L. S., Feb 2021, In: Nature Ecology and Evolution. 5, 2, p. 146-148 3 p.

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Early markers of periodontal disease and altered oral microbiota are associated with glycemic control in children with type 1 diabetes

Jensen, E. D., Selway, C. A., Allen, G., Bednarz, J., Weyrich, L. S., Gue, S., Peña, A. S. & Couper, J., May 2021, In: Pediatric Diabetes. 22, 3, p. 474-481 8 p.

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Dead or alive: microbial viability treatment reveals both active and inactive bacterial constituents in the fish gut microbiota

Legrand, T. P. R. A., Wos-Oxley, M. L., Wynne, J. W., Weyrich, L. S. & Oxley, A. P. A., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Journal of Applied Microbiology.

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The evolutionary history of the human oral microbiota and its implications for modern health

Weyrich, L. S., Feb 2021, In: Periodontology 2000. 85, 1, p. 90-100 11 p.

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Advancing and refining archaeological dental calculus research using multiomic frameworks

Wright, S. L., Dobney, K. & Weyrich, L. S., 2021, In: Science and Technology of Archaeological Research. 7, 1, p. 13-30 18 p.

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Palaeomicrobiology: Application of Ancient DNA Sequencing to Better Understand Bacterial Genome Evolution and Adaptation

Arriola, L. A., Cooper, A. & Weyrich, L. S., Jun 16 2020, In: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 8, 40.

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Mainstreaming microbes across biomes

Clarke, L. J., Jones, P. J., Ammitzboll, H., Barmuta, L. A., Breed, M. F., Chariton, A., Charleston, M., Dakwa, V., Dewi, F., Eri, R., Fountain-Jones, N. M., Freeman, J., Kendal, D., McDougal, R., Raes, E. J., San Sow, S. L., Staples, T., Sutcliffe, B., Vemuri, R., Weyrich, L. S. & 1 others, Flies, E. J., Jul 1 2020, In: BioScience. 70, 7, p. 589-596 8 p.

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Investigating the demographic history of Japan using ancient oral microbiota: Ancient Japanese Dental Calculus

Eisenhofer, R., Kanzawa-Kiriyama, H., Shinoda, K. I. & Weyrich, L. S., Nov 23 2020, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 375, 1812, 20190578.

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