Lisa Matisoo-Smith

Lisa Matisoo-Smith is the Professor of Biological Anthropology in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Otago, and a Principal Investigator in the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution and with National Geographic’s Genographic Project. She is interested in understanding human history and human variation in general, but her primary area of interest is in looking at the biological evidence for the human settlement of the Pacific. She applies both ancient and modern DNA techniques to reconstruct migration pathways, and is increasingly interested in how human history and population origins may be related to some of the health issues facing Pacific populations today.

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