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Otago Medical School staff profiles

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

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

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

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

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

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

Journal - Research Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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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