Welcome to the Laboratory of

Molecular Anthropology and Ancient DNA


Current Funding


2014-2016 Washington Sea Grant. Kemp BM, Thorgaard GH (co-PIs), with Johnson BM (graduate student advisee). "Genetic analysis of Chinook salmon using ancient, historic and modern DNA" ($24,207)

2013-2014 Berry Family CLA Faculty Excellence Fellows award. Kemp BM. “Exploring Mesoamerican Prehistory with DNA Evidence from Ancient and Extant Indigenous Populations” (Awarded 12/5/11, $25,000)

2012-2013 National Institute of Justice Grant. Kemp BM and Barta JL. "Bait and Capture: Holding on to Molecules of Interest" (1/1/2012-8/31/2013, 2011-DN-BX- K549, $249,983)


Previous Funding


2010-2012  National Science Foundation Grant.  Jenkins D, Nielsen R, Kemp BM, and Willerslev E.  “Collaborative Research: Paleo Genetic Investigations at the Pre-Clovis Paisley Caves Site in the Northern Great Basin, Oregon” (10/1/2010-9/30/2012, BCS-0924458, $211,838)

2008-2012 National Institute of Justice Grant. Kemp BM. "NIJ Proposal to Enhance Methods for Studying Degraded DNA" (9/12008-1/31/2012, 2008-DN-BX-K008, $595,196)

2010-2011  EXCELinSE External Mentoring Program Grant.  Kemp BM.  Funded through the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant (Award #0810927) at Washington State University ($3,569.60)

2008-2011 National Science Foundation Grant.  Lynch-Alfaro J, Alfaro M, Kemp BM, Olson L, and Di Fiore A.  "Phylogeography of Capuchins, Squirrel Monkeys and Owl Monkeys: A Critical Comparative Framework for Studying Evolution, Behavioral Ecology, and Conservation in Neotropical Primates" (4/1/2008-3/31/2011, BCS-0833375, $249,987)

2008-2011 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant. Matson RG (PI), Lipe WD (Collaborator), and Kemp BM (Collaborator).  “Cultural Transformations in Southwestern Prehistory: New Insights from Old Collections” (4/1/08-3/31/2011, SSHRC SRG 410-2008-1677, $79,064 CAD)

2008-2009 WSU New Faculty Seed Grant "Ancient DNA Analysis of Archaic Period Human Coprolites from the American Southwest:  An Investigation of Mitochondrial DNA Variation in the Region Prior to the Introduction of Maize" (5/16/2008-8/15/2009, $19,400)


We are grateful for all of the generous support that allows us to run our laboratory.

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Department of Anthropology, PO Box 6444910, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-4910, 509-335-3441, Contact Us

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