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Dr Catherine Collins

PositionPostdoctoral Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
Research summaryAnthropological Genetics

Research

I apply ancient DNA techniques to study population origins and changes in human populations through time. My current research project applies ancient DNA and second generation sequencing techniques to investigate the genetics of the first New Zealanders.

Publications

Knapp, M., Collins, C. J., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2021). Ancient invaders: How Paleogenetic tools help to identify and understand biological invasions of the past. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, & Systematics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-012021-100938

King, C. L., Buckley, H. R., Petchey, P., Roberts, P., Zech, J., Kinaston, R., Collins, C., Kardailsky, O., Matisoo-Smith, E., & Nowell, G. (2021). An isotopic and genetic study of multi-cultural colonial New Zealand. Journal of Archaeological Science, 128, 105337. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2021.105337

McDonald, S. K., Matisoo-Smith, E. A., Buckley, H. R., Walter, R. K., Aung, H. L., Collins, C. J., Cook, G. M., Kardailsky, O., Krause, K., & Knapp, M. (2020). 'TB or not TB': The conundrum of pre-European contact tuberculosis in the Pacific. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375, 20190583. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0583

Ferreira, S., Ashby, R., Jeunen, G.-J., Rutherford, K., Collins, C., Todd, E. V., & Gemmell, N. J. (2020). DNA from mollusc shell: A valuable and underutilised substrate for genetic analyses. PeerJ, 8, e9420. doi: 10.7717/peerj.9420

Lord, E., Collins, C., deFrance, S., LeFebvre, M. J., Pigière, F., Eeckhout, P., … Matisoo-Smith, E. (2020). Ancient DNA of guinea pigs (Cavia spp.) indicates a probable new center of domestication and pathways of global distribution. Scientific Reports, 10, 8901. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-65784-6

King, C. L., Buckley, H. R., Petchey, P., Roberts, P., Zech, J., Kinaston, R., Collins, C., Kardailsky, O., Matisoo-Smith, E., & Nowell, G. (2021). An isotopic and genetic study of multi-cultural colonial New Zealand. Journal of Archaeological Science, 128, 105337. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2021.105337

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Knapp, M., Collins, C. J., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2021). Ancient invaders: How Paleogenetic tools help to identify and understand biological invasions of the past. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, & Systematics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-012021-100938

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Ferreira, S., Ashby, R., Jeunen, G.-J., Rutherford, K., Collins, C., Todd, E. V., & Gemmell, N. J. (2020). DNA from mollusc shell: A valuable and underutilised substrate for genetic analyses. PeerJ, 8, e9420. doi: 10.7717/peerj.9420

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Lord, E., Collins, C., deFrance, S., LeFebvre, M. J., Pigière, F., Eeckhout, P., … Matisoo-Smith, E. (2020). Ancient DNA of guinea pigs (Cavia spp.) indicates a probable new center of domestication and pathways of global distribution. Scientific Reports, 10, 8901. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-65784-6

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Greig, K., Gosling, A., Collins, C. J., Boocock, J., McDonald, K., Addison, D. J., … Higham, C. F. W., … Walter, R., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2018). Complex history of dog (Canis familiaris) origins and translocations in the Pacific revealed by ancient mitogenomes. Scientific Reports, 8, 9130. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-27363-8

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Lord, E., Collins, C., deFrance, S., LeFebvre, M. J., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2018). Complete mitogenomes of ancient Caribbean Guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 17, 678-688. doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.12.004

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Matisoo-Smith, E., Gosling, A. L., Platt, D., Kardailsky, O., Prost, S., Cameron-Christie, S., Collins, C. J., … Zalloua, P. (2018). Ancient mitogenomes of Phoenicians from Sardinia and Lebanon: A story of settlement, integration, and female mobility. PLoS ONE, 13(1), e0190169. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0190169

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Zalloua, P., Collins, C. J., Gosling, A., Biagini, S. A., Costa, B., Kardailsky, O., … Matisoo-Smith, E. (2018). Ancient DNA of Phoenician remains indicates discontinuity in the settlement history of Ibiza. Scientific Reports, 8, 17567. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-35667-y

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Clark, A. L., King, C. L., Buckley, H. R., Collins, C. J., Dhavale, N., Elliott, G. E., Gosling, A., Halcrow, S. E., … Matisoo-Smith, E., … Tromp, M., Ward, S., & West, K. (2017). Biological anthropology in the indo-pacific region: New approaches to age-old questions. Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, 41, 78-94.

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Collins, C. J., Chilvers, B. L., Osborne, A., Taylor, M., & Robertson, B. C. (2017). Unique and isolated: Population structure has implications for management of the endangered New Zealand sea lion. Conservation Genetics, 18(5), 1177-1189. doi: 10.1007/s10592-017-0969-z

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West, K., Collins, C., Kardailsky, O., Kahn, J., Hunt, T. L., Burley, D. V., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2017). The Pacific rat race to Easter Island: Tracking the prehistoric dispersal of Rattus exulans using ancient mitochondrial genomes. Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution, 5, 52. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2017.00052

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Collins, C. J., Chilvers, B. L., Taylor, M., & Robertson, B. C. (2016). Historical population size of the threatened New Zealand sea lion Phocarctos hookeri. Journal of Mammalogy, 97(2), 436-443. doi: 10.1093/jmammal/gyv187

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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

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Yund, P. O., Collins, C., & Johnson, S. L. (2015). Evidence of a Native Northwest Atlantic COI haplotype clade in the cryptogenic colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri. Biological Bulletin, 228(3), 201-216.

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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

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Collins, C. J., Rawlence, N. J., Worthy, T. H., Scofield, R. P., Tennyson, A. J. D., Smith, I., Knapp, M., & Waters, J. M. (2014). Pre-human New Zealand sea lion (Phocarctos hookeri) rookeries on mainland New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 44(1), 1-16. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2013.828761

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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

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Collins, C. J., Fraser, C. I., Ashcroft, A., & Waters, J. M. (2010). Asymmetric dispersal of southern bull-kelp (Durvillaea antarctica) adults in coastal New Zealand: Testing an oceanographic hypothesis. Molecular Ecology, 19(20), 4572-4580. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04842.x

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McDonald, S. K., Matisoo-Smith, E. A., Buckley, H. R., Walter, R. K., Aung, H. L., Collins, C. J., Cook, G. M., Kardailsky, O., Krause, K., & Knapp, M. (2020). 'TB or not TB': The conundrum of pre-European contact tuberculosis in the Pacific. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375, 20190583. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0583

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