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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Anna Gosling

PositionPostdoctoral Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsPhD
Research summaryBiological anthropology and human genetic variation in ancient and modern populations

Research

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith and Professor Tony Merriman. My research centres on understanding the patterns of genetic variation seen in human populations. What variation is there? How did this variation arise and when? How might this variation contribute to health? Why do contemporary Pacific populations have a disproportionately high prevalence of metabolic disease (e.g. gout), and how might ancient and modern DNA help us to understand the evolutionary processes underlying this?

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

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

Gosling, A. L., Boocock, J., Dalbeth, N., Harré Hindmarsh, J., Stamp, L. K., Stahl, E. A., … Matisoo-Smith, E. A., & Merriman, T. R. (2018). Mitochondrial genetic variation and gout in Māori and Pacific people living in Aotearoa New Zealand. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 77(4), 571-578. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2017-212416

Matisoo-Smith, E., & Gosling, A. L. (2018). Walking backwards into the future: The need for a holistic evolutionary approach in Pacific health research. Annals of Human Biology, 45(3), 175-187. doi: 10.1080/03014460.2018.1448889

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. (2018). Walking backwards into the future: The need for a holistic evolutionary approach in Pacific health research. Annals of Human Biology, 45(3), 175-187. doi: 10.1080/03014460.2018.1448889

Gosling, A. L., Boocock, J., Dalbeth, N., Harré Hindmarsh, J., Stamp, L. K., Stahl, E. A., … Matisoo-Smith, E. A., & Merriman, T. R. (2018). Mitochondrial genetic variation and gout in Māori and Pacific people living in Aotearoa New Zealand. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 77(4), 571-578. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2017-212416

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

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

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.

Horsburgh, K. A., Moreno-Mayar, J. V., & Gosling, A. L. (2016). Revisiting the Kalahari debate in the highlands: Ancient DNA provides new faunal identifications at Sehonghong, Lesotho. Azania, 51(3), 295-306. doi: 10.1080/0067270X.2016.1169041

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

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

Gosling, A. L., Matisoo-Smith, E., & Merriman, T. R. (2014). Hyperuricaemia in the Pacific: Why the elevated serum urate levels? Rheumatology International, 34(6), 743-757. doi: 10.1007/s00296-013-2922-x

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

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Journal - Research Other

Gosling, A. L., & Matisoo-Smith, E. A. (2018). The evolutionary history and human settlement of Australia and the Pacific. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, 53, 53-59. doi: 10.1016/j.gde.2018.06.015

Gosling, A. L., Matisoo-Smith, E., & Merriman, T. R. (2014). Gout in Māori: Modern affliction or ancestral trait? Rheumatology, 53(5), 773-774. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/ket299

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