I received my bachelor's degree in 1996 from Claremont McKenna College, a small liberal arts college in California. I then read just about everything Stephen J Gould ever wrote over the following three years while wandering the deserts of Turkmenistan and working for an environmental consultancy in Azerbaijan. Deciding that evolution was cooler than oil, I studied at Oxford and the University of Colorado before receiving a PhD in Zoology in 2006. I then spent two years in Uppsala, Sweden on an EMBO postdoctoral fellowship before starting a job in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. I moved to the University of Oxford in 2015 to become the Director of the Palaeogenomics & Bio-Archaeology Research Network where I continue to focus on the use of ancient DNA to study the pattern and process of domestication. I rarely wonder what my salary would be had I stuck to oil.
When did dogs become our best friends?
In this year's Valentine's episode, we're exploring that most special of relationships. That's right - the one between us and our dogs! We often hear pooches described as "(wo)man's best friend", but for how long has this been the case? Join Prof Greger Larson, an expert in palaeogenomics and bio-archaeology, as we journey back thousands of years to explore the possible origins of this...