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Prof Lisa Matisoo-Smith

Lisa Matisoo_Smith-webProfessor of Biological Anthropology

The Matisoo-Smith lab focuses primarily on identifying the origins of Pacific peoples and their commensal plants and animals in order to better understand the settlement, history and prehistory of the Pacific and New Zealand.

Research Interests:
The group works on a range of projects funded by a variety of organizations, but the overarching research theme of the research group is Molecular Anthropology and Ancient DNA analyses. They have a brand new, state-of-the-art ancient DNA laboratory, located in the Richardson Building, as well as a fully equipped modern DNA lab in the University’s Lindo Ferguson Building.

Major projects currently running in the lab include:
National Geographic’s Genographic Project: Professor Matisoo-Smith is one of 13 Principal Investigators in the Genographic project which is sponsored by National Geographic, IBM and the Waitt Family Foundation. She is responsible for sampling the Pacific region.
(https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com)

Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution: The Allan Wilson Centre (AWC) was one of the original seven Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) funded by the NZ Government in 2002. Professor Matisoo-Smith is a Principal Investigator in the AWC and is currently leading a project entitled “Linking the Past and the Present - Ancient DNA and Pacific Origins and Interactions”. (http://www.allanwilsoncentre.ac.nz/index.html)

Evidence for Polynesian contact in South America: Redrawing the Polynesian Triangle: The team received a Marsden Grant (2009) to undertake a project involving both archaeological excavations and ancient DNA analysis of human remains from Isla Mocha, an island located 30km from the Chilean coast. See Storey et al (2007, 2008) and Matisoo-Smith and Ramirez (2009) for background.

Cattle domestication and the spread of pastoralism in Africa: This project is being conducted by Dr Ann Horsburgh. Analyses of ancient cattle bones will allow them to address several key issues in animal domestication such as: How many domestication events were there? Where did domestication take place? Were there differences in the process of domestication in different regions and might this be related to different animal and human relationships or environmental factors?

Contact Details

Phone: +64 (03) 479 6827

Fax: +64 (03) 479 7254

E-Mail: lisa.matisoo-smith@anatomy.otago.ac.nz

310 Lindo Ferguson Building

University of Otago

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Publications

Malaspinas, A.-S., Westaway, M. C., Muller, C., Sousa, V. C., Lao, O., Alves, I., … Matisoo-Smith, E. A., … Willerslev, E. (2016). A genomic history of Aboriginal Australia. Nature, 538, 207-214. doi: 10.1038/nature18299

Matisoo-Smith, E. A., Gosling, A. L., Boocock, J., Kardallsky, O., Kurumilian, Y., Roudesli-Chebbi, S., … Zalloua, P. A. (2016). A European mitochondrial haplotype identified in ancient Phoenician remains from Carthage, North Africa. PLoS ONE, 11(5), e0155046. doi: 10.1371/ journal.pone.0155046

Matisoo-Smith, E. (2015). Ancient DNA and the human settlement of the Pacific: A review. Journal of Human Evolution, 79, 93-104. doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.10.017

Gosling, A. L., Buckley, H. R., Matisoo-Smith, E., & Merriman, T. R. (2015). Pacific populations, metabolic disease and 'just-so stories': A critique of the 'Thrifty Genotype' hypothesis in Oceania. Annals of Human Genetics, 79(6), 470-480. doi: 10.1111/ahg.12132

Knapp, M., Horsburgh, K. A., Prost, S., Stanton, J.-A., Buckley, H. R., Walter, R. K., & Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2012). Complete mitochondrial DNA genome sequences from the first New Zealanders. PNAS, 109(45), 18350-18354. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1209896109

Authored Book - Research

Matisoo-Smith, E., & Horsburgh, K. A. (2012). DNA for archaeologists. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 233p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2016). Human biology and population histories in the Pacific: Is there such thing as a Lapita people? In M. Oxenham & H. Buckley (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Bioarchaeology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. (pp. 389-408). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Greig, K., Walter, R., & Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2016). Dogs and people in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In M. Oxenham & H. Buckley (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Bioarchaeology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. (pp. 462-482). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Tromp, M., Dudgeon, J. V., Buckley, H. R., & Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2016). Dental calculus and plant diet in Oceania. In M. Oxenham & H. Buckley (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Bioarchaeology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. (pp. 599-622). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Matisoo-Smith, E. (2012). The great blue highway: Human migration in the Pacific. In M. H. Crawford & B. C. Campbell (Eds.), Causes and consequences of human migration: An evolutionary perspective. (pp. 388-416). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2011). Human biological evidence for Polynesian contacts with the Americas: Finding Maui on Mocha? In T. L. Jones, A. A. Storey, E. A. Matisoo-Smith & J. M. Ramírez-Aliaga (Eds.), Polynesians in America: Pre-Columbian contacts with the New World. (pp. 208-222). Plymouth, UK: AltaMira Press.

Matisoo-Smith, E. (2007). Animal translocations, genetic variation, and the human settlement of the Pacific. In J. S. Friedlaender (Ed.), Genes, language, and culture history in the Southwest Pacific. (pp. 157-170). Oxford University Press.

Matisoo-Smith, E. (2007). The peopling of Oceania. In M. Crawford (Ed.), Anthropological genetics: Theory, methods and applications. (pp. 409-432). Cambridge University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Matisoo-Smith, E. A., Gosling, A. L., Boocock, J., Kardallsky, O., Kurumilian, Y., Roudesli-Chebbi, S., … Zalloua, P. A. (2016). A European mitochondrial haplotype identified in ancient Phoenician remains from Carthage, North Africa. PLoS ONE, 11(5), e0155046. doi: 10.1371/ journal.pone.0155046

Rawlence, N. J., Collins, C. J., Anderson, C. N. K., Maxwell, J. J., Smith, I. W. G., Robertson, B. C., Knapp, M., Horsburgh, K. A., Stanton, J.-A. L., Scofield, R. P., … Matisoo-Smith, E. A., & Waters, J. M. (2016). Human-mediated extirpation of the unique Chatham Islands sea lion and implications for the conservation management of remaining New Zealand sea lion populations. Molecular Ecology, 25(16), 3950-3961. doi: 10.1111/mec.13726

Malaspinas, A.-S., Westaway, M. C., Muller, C., Sousa, V. C., Lao, O., Alves, I., … Matisoo-Smith, E. A., … Willerslev, E. (2016). A genomic history of Aboriginal Australia. Nature, 538, 207-214. doi: 10.1038/nature18299

Matisoo-Smith, E. (2015). Ancient DNA and the human settlement of the Pacific: A review. Journal of Human Evolution, 79, 93-104. doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.10.017

Rawlence, N. J., Perry, G. L. W., Smith, I. W. G., Scofield, R. P., Tennyson, A. J. D., Matisoo-Smith, E. A., Boessenkool, S., … Waters, J. M. (2015). Radiocarbon-dating and ancient DNA reveal rapid replacement of extinct prehistoric penguins. Quaternary Science Reviews, 112, 59-65. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.01.011

Rawlence, N. J., Kennedy, M., Anderson, C. N. K., Prost, S., Till, C. E., Smith, I. W. G., Scofield, R. P., … Hamel, J., Lalas, C., Matisoo-Smith, E. A., & Waters, J. M. (2015). Geographically contrasting biodiversity reductions in a widespread New Zealand seabird. Molecular Ecology, 24(18), 4605-4616. doi: 10.1111/mec.13338

Gosling, A. L., Buckley, H. R., Matisoo-Smith, E., & Merriman, T. R. (2015). Pacific populations, metabolic disease and 'just-so stories': A critique of the 'Thrifty Genotype' hypothesis in Oceania. Annals of Human Genetics, 79(6), 470-480. doi: 10.1111/ahg.12132

Greig, K., Boocock, J., Prost, S., Horsburgh, K. A., Jacomb, C., Walter, R., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2015). Complete mitochondrial genomes of New Zealand's first dogs. PLoS ONE, 10(10), e0138536. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138536

Gosling, A. L., Matisoo-Smith, E., & Merriman, T. R. (2014). Hyperuricaemia in the Pacific: Why the elevated serum urate levels? Rheumatology International, 34(6). doi: 10.1007/s00296-013-2922-x

Clarke, A. C., Prost, S., Stanton, J.-A. L., White, W. T. J., Kaplan, M. E., Matisoo-Smith, E. A., and the Genographic Consortium. (2014). From cheek swabs to consensus sequences: An A to Z protocol for high-throughput DNA sequencing of complete human mitochondrial genomes. BMC Genomics, 15, 68. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-68

Rawlence, N. J., Till, C. E., Scofield, R. P., Tennyson, A. J. D., Collins, C. J., Lalas, C., … Matisoo-Smith, E., Waters, J. M., Spencer, H. G., & Kennedy, M. (2014). Strong phylogeographic structure in a sedentary seabird, the Stewart Island Shag (Leucocarbo chalconotus). PLoS ONE, 9(3), e90769. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090769

Summerhayes, G. R., Kennedy, J., Matisoo-Smith, E., Mandui, H., Ambrose, W., Allen, C., … Wadra, F. (2014). Lepong: A new obsidian source in the Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea. Geoarchaeology, 29(3), 238-248. doi: 10.1002/gea.21475

Elhaik, E., Tatarinova, T., Chebotarev, D., Piras, I. S., Calò, C. M., De Montis, A., … Matisoo-Smith, L., … and the Genographic Consortium, including Clarke, A. C. (2014). Geographic population structure analysis of worldwide human populations infers their biogeographical origins. Nature Communications, 5, 3513. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4513

Collins, C. J., Rawlence, N. J., Prost, S., Anderson, C. N. K., Knapp, M., Scofield, R. P., Robertson, B. C., Smith, I., Matisoo-Smith, E. A., … Waters, J. M. (2014). Extinction and recolonization of coastal megafauna following human arrival in New Zealand. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281, 20140097. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0097

Robins, J. H., Tintinger, V., Aplin, K. P., Hingston, M., Matisoo-Smith, E., Penny, D., & Lavery, S. D. (2014). Phylogenetic species identification in Rattus highlights rapid radiation and morphological similarity of New Guinean species. PLoS ONE, 9(5), e98002. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098002

Badro, D. A., Douaihy, B., Haber, M., Youhanna, S. C., Salloum, A., Ghassibe-Sabbagh, M., … Matisoo-Smith, E., the Genographic Consortium, including Clarke, A. C. (2013). Y-chromosome and mtDNA genetics reveal significant contrasts in affinities of modern Middle Eastern populations with European and African populations. PLoS ONE, 8(1), e54616. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054616

Haber, M., Gauguier, D., Youhanna, S., Patterson, N., Moorjani, P., Botigué, L. R., … Matisoo-Smith, E., … Zalloua, P. A. (2013). Genome-wide diversity in the levant reveals recent structuring by culture. PLoS Genetics, 9(2), e1003316. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003316

Storey, A. A., Clarke, A. C., Ladefoged, T., Robins, J., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2013). DNA and Pacific commensal models: Applications, construction, limitations, and future prospects. Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology, 8(1), 37-65. doi: 10.1080/15564894.2012.761299

Storey, A. A., Quiroz, D., Beavan, N., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2013). Polynesian chickens in the New World: A detailed application of a commensal approach. Archaeology in Oceania, 48(2), 101-119. doi: 10.1002/arco.5007

Gonzalez, A., Clark, G., O'Connor, S., & Matisoo-Smith, L. (2013). A 3000 year old dog burial in Timor-Leste. Australian Archaeology, 76, 13-20.

Horsburgh, K. A., Prost, S., Gosling, A., Stanton, J.-A., Rand, C., & Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2013). The genetic diversity of the Nguni breed of African Cattle (Bos spp.): Complete mitochondrial genomes of haplogroup T1. PLoS ONE, 8(8), e71956. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071956

Knapp, M., Clarke, A. C., Horsburgh, K. A., & Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2012). Setting the stage-building and working in an ancient DNA laboratory. Annals of Anatomy, 194(1), 3-6. doi: 10.1016/j.aanat.2011.03.008

Matisoo-Smith, E., & Daugherty, C. (2012). Africa to Aotearoa: The longest migration. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 42(2), 87-92. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2012.673495

Storey, A. A., Athens, J. S., Bryant, D., Carson, M., Emery, K., deFrance, S., Higham, C., … Walter, R., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2012). Investigating the global dispersal of chickens in prehistory using ancient mitochondrial DNA signatures. PLoS ONE, 7(7), e39171. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039171

Knapp, M., Horsburgh, K. A., Prost, S., Stanton, J.-A., Buckley, H. R., Walter, R. K., & Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2012). Complete mitochondrial DNA genome sequences from the first New Zealanders. PNAS, 109(45), 18350-18354. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1209896109

Adler, C. J., Haak, W., Donlon, D., Cooper, A., and the Genographic Consortium, including Clarke, A. C., & Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2011). Survival and recovery of DNA from ancient teeth and bones. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38(5), 956-964. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.11.010

Aplin, K. P., Suzuki, H., Chinen, A. A., Chesser, R. T., ten Have, J., Donnellan, S. C., … Matisoo-Smith, E., … Cooper, A. (2011). Multiple geographic origins of commensalism and complex dispersal history of Black Rats. PLoS ONE, 6(11), e26357. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0026357

Storey, A. A., Quiroz, D., Beavan, N., & Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2011). Pre-Columbian chickens of the Americas: A critical review of the hypotheses and evidence for their origins. Rapa Nui Journal, 25(2), 5-19.

Summerhayes, G., Matisoo-Smith, E., Mandui, H., Allen, J., Specht, J., Hogg, N., & McPherson, S. (2010). Tamuarawai (EQS): An Early Lapita site on Emirau, New Ireland, PNG. Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 1(1), 62-75.

Haak, W., Balanovsky, O., Sanchez, J. J., Zaporozhchenko, V., Koshel, S., Alder, C. J., … the Genographic Consortium, including Clarke, A. C., & Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2010). Ancient DNA from European early Neolithic farmers reveals their Near Eastern affinities. PLoS Biology, 8(11), e1000536. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000536

Zhadanov, S. I., Dulik, M. C., Markley, M., Jennings, G. W., Gaieski, J. B., Elias, G., … and the Genographic Project Consortium, including Matisoo-Smith, L. (2010). Genetic heritage and native identity of the Seaconke Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 142(4), 579-589. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.21281

Seelenfreund, D., Clarke, A. C., Oyanedel, N., Piña, R., Lobos, S., Matisoo-Smith, E. A., & Seelenfreund, A. (2010). Paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) as a commensal model for human mobility in Oceania: Anthropological, botanical and genetic considerations. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 48(3-4), 231-247. doi: 10.1080/0028825X.2010.520323

Robins, J. H., McLenachan, P. A., Phillips, M. J., McComish, B. J., Matisoo-Smith, E., & Ross, H. A. (2010). Evolutionary relationships and divergence times among the native rats of Australia. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 10, 375. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-10-375

Storey, A. A., Spriggs, M., Bedford, S., Hawkins, S. C., Robins, J. H., Huynen, L., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2010). Mitochondrial DNA from 3000-year old chickens at the Teouma site, Vanuatu. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37(10), 2459-2468. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.05.006

Matisoo-Smith, E. (2009). The commensal model for human settlement of the Pacific 10 years on: What can we say and where to now? Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology, 4(2), 151-163. doi: 10.1080/15564890903155273

Matisoo-Smith, E., Hingston, M., Summerhayes, G., Robins, J., Ross, H. A., & Hendy, M. (2009). On the rat trail in Near Oceania: Applying the commensal model to the question of the Lapita colonization. Pacific Science, 63(4), 465-475.

Matisoo-Smith, E., & Robins, J. (2009). Mitochondrial DNA evidence for the spread of Pacific rats through Oceania. Biological Invasions, 11, 1521-1527. doi: 10.1007/s10530-008-9404-1

El-Sibai, M., Platt, D. E., Haber, M., Xue, Y., Youhanna, S. C., Wells, R. S., … and the Genographic Consortium, including Matisoo-Smith, L. (2009). Geographical structure of the Y-chromosomal genetic landscape of the Levant: A coastal-inland contrast. Annals of Human Genetics, 73, 568-581. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-1809.2009.00538.x

Robins, J. H., McLenachan, P. A., Phillips, M. J., Craig, L., Ross, H. A., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2008). Dating of divergences within the Rattus genus phylogeny using whole mitochondrial genomes. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 49, 460-466. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2008.08.001

Storey, A. A., Ladefoged, T., & Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2008). Counting your chickens: Density and distribution of chicken remains in archaeological sites of Oceania. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 18, 240-261. doi: 10.1002/oa.947

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Journal - Research Other

Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2015). Tracking Austronesian expansion into the Pacific via the paper mulberry plant. PNAS, 112(44), 13432-13433. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1518576112

Storey, A. A., & Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2014). No evidence against Polynesian dispersal of chickens to pre-Columbian South America. PNAS, 111(35), E3583. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1410780111

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