Elizabeth Nelson, MSc

Department of Archaeogenetics
+49 3641 686-670

Main Focus

Mycobacterium tuberculosis evolution and ecology, infectious disease in ancient Andean populations, population health and disease in the pre-contact and colonial Americas, and environmental, climatic, cultural and socio-political influences on pathogen emergence, transmission and evolution.

Curriculum Vitae


2015. Master of Science, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas

2012. Bachelor of Arts. Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Refereed Journal Publications    

2019. Maria A. Spyrou, Marcel Keller, Rezeda Tukhbatova, Elizabeth A. Nelson, Aida Andrades Valtueña, Don Walker, Amelie Alterauge, Niamh Carty, Hermann Fetz, Michaël Gourvennec, Robert Hartle, Michael Henderson, Kristin von Heyking, Sacha Kacki, Elizabeth L. Knox, Christian Later, Joris Peters, Jürgen Schreiber, Dominique Castex, Sandra Lösch, Michaela Harbeck, Alexander Herbig, Kirsten I. Bos and Johannes Krause. A phylogeography of the second plague pandemic revealed through the analysis of historical Y. pestis genomes. Nature Communications, 10(1), 1-13.

2019. Elizabeth A. Nelson, Christine L. Halling, Jane E. Buikstra. Evidence of Skeletal Fluorosis at the Ray Site, Illinois, USA: a pathological assessment, discussion of environmental factors. International journal of paleopathology26, 48-60.

2019. Kirsten I. Bos, Denise Kühnert, Alexander Herbig, Luis Roger Esquivel-Gomez, Aida Andrades Valtueña, Rodrigo Barquera, Karen Giffin, Aditya Kumar-Lankapalli, Elizabeth A. Nelson, Susanna Sabin, Maria Spyrou, Johannes Krause. Paleomicrobiology: Diagnosis and Evolution of Ancient Pathogens. Annual review of microbiology, 73.

2018.  Posth, Cosimo et al., Reconstructing the Deep Population History of Central and South America. Cell.

2018  Verena J. Schuenemann, Aditya Kumar Lankapalli, Rodrigo Barquera, Elizabeth A. NelsonDiana Iraíz Hernández,Víctor Acuña Alonzo, Kirsten I. Bos, Lourdes Márquez Morfín, Alexander Herbig, Johannes Krause. Historic Treponema pallidum genomes from Colonial Mexico. Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases. 

2016  Bryan Hockett and Elizabeth A. Nelson. Of Ancient Econs and Modern Humans. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 


2016  Elizabeth A. Nelson, Christine L. Halling, and Jane E. Buikstra. Environmental Influences in Health of the Ray Site Community: the importance of including multiple variables when developing a thorough differential diagnosis. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. Invited.


2014  Claire A. Kirchhoff and Elizabeth A. Nelson. The Human Skull. MedEd Portal: www.mededportal.org/publication/9696.

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