EMPLOYMENT

2019-present

Postdoctoral Researcher

Brown University

PI: Dr. Emilia Huerta-Sanchez

2017-2019

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of California, Merced

PI: Dr. Emilia Huerta-Sanchez

EDUCATION

2012-2017

Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thesis Advisor: Ripan S. Malhi

Thesis Title: A demographic and dietary history of ancient dogs in the Americas

2008-2012

B.S. in Genetics

Texas A&M University

PUBLICATIONS

Liisa Loog, Olaf Thalman, Mikkel-Holger S. Sinding, Verena J. Schuenemann, Angela Perri, [and 31 others including Kelsey E. Witt]. Ancient DNA suggests modern wolves trace their origin to a Late Pleistocene expansion from Beringia. Molecular Ecology, in press. 2020.

 

Jessica A. Oswald, Julia M. Allen, Kelsey E. Witt, Ryan Folk, Nancy A. Albury, David W. Steadman, and Robert T. Guralnick. Ancient DNA from a 2,500-year-old Caribbean fossil places an extinct bird (Caracara creightoni) in a phylogenetic context. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 140: 106576. 2019.

Kelsey E. Witt, and Emilia Huerta-Sánchez. Convergent evolution in human and domesticate adaptation to high-altitude environments. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. In press. 2019.

 

Julie M. Schablitsky, Kelsey E. Witt, Jazmin Ramos Madrigal, Martin R. Ellegaard, Ripan S. Malhi, and Hannes Schroeder. Ancient DNA Analysis of Nineteenth Century Tobacco Pipe from a Maryland Slave Quarter. Journal of Archaeological Science 105: 11-18. 2019.

Jessica R. Brandt, Peter J. Van Coeverden de Groot, Kelsey E. Witt, Ripan S. Malhi, Paige K. Engelbrektsson, Kristopher M.    Helgen, Oliver A. Ryder and Alfred L. Roca. Genetic structure and diversity among historic and modern populations of the Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis). Heredity. 2018.

Maire Ni Leathlobhair*, Angela R. Perri*, Evan K. Irving-Pease*, Kelsey E. Witt*, Anna Linderholm*, [and 36 others]. The Evolutionary History of Dogs in the Americas. Science. 2018.

 

Kelsey E. Witt. Ancient DNA Sequencing of Dogs from the American Bottom. Illinois Antiquity 50 (3): 14-15. 2015

 

Kelsey E. Witt, Kathleen Judd, Colin Grier, Timothy A. Kohler, Scott G. Ortman, Andrew Kitchen, Brian M. Kemp, and Ripan S. Malhi. Analysis of ancient dogs in the Americas: Determining possible founding haplotypes and reconstructing population histories. Journal of Human Evolution 79:105-118. 2015

*: equal contributions

PUBLICATIONS

GRANTS

Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Young Investigator Travel Award. 2018

 

 Wenner Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant: “Using Ancient Dog DNA to Test Models of Human Migration History”. 2016

 

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant: “Human Population Inferences Via Canine Genetics”. 2015

 

Illinois State Archaological Survey’s Archaeological Technologies and Ancient Materials Mini-Grant. 2014

 

UIUC Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant. 2014

 

UIUC School of Integrative Biology Harley J. Van Cleave Research Award. 2014

 

Illinois State Archaological Survey’s Archaeological Technologies and Ancient Materials Mini-Grant. 2013

 

NSF IGERT: Vertically-Integrated Training with Genomics Fellow. 2012

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

Kelsey E. Witt, Laurent A. F. Frantz, Greger Larson, Angela R. Perri, Ripan S. Malhi. “Genome Sequencing of Ancient American Dogs” at the Society for American Archaeologists 83rd Annual Meeting, Washington DC. 2018.

 

Kelsey E. Witt, Julie M. Schablitsky, Jazmin Ramos Madrigal, Martin R. Ellegaard, Hannes Schroeder, Ripan S. Malhi. “Ancient DNA Analysis of Nineteenth Century Pipe Stems Recovered from a Maryland Slave Quarter” at 87th American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Austin TX. 2018.

 

Kelsey E. Witt and Ripan S. Malhi. “Using Mitogenomes to Understand Dog Population History in the Americas” at 86th American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA. 2017.

 

Kelsey E. Witt, Julie M. Allen, Steven R. Kuehn, Mary L. Simon, and Ripan Malhi. “Dietary DNA Analysis of Mississippian Dog Coprolites” at the Society for American Archaeologists 82nd Annual Meeting, Vancouver BC. 2017.

 

Jessica R. Brandt, Kai Zhao, Isabella Apriayana, Yasuko Ishida, Cynthia C. Steiner, Kelsey E. Witt, Peter T. Boag, Burton K. Lim, Ripan S. Malhi, Herawati Sudoyo, Helena Suryadi, Oliver A. Ryder, Peter J. Van Coeverden de Groot and Alfred L. Roca. “Developing genetic tools for conservation management of Asian rhinos” at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego CA. 2017.

 

Jessica R. Brandt, Kai Zhao, Isabella Apriayana, Yasuko Ishida, Cynthia C. Steiner, Kelsey E. Witt, Peter T. Boag, Burton K. Lim, Ripan S. Malhi, Herawati Sudoyo, Helena Suryadi, Oliver A. Ryder, Peter J. Van Coeverden de Groot and Alfred L. Roca. “Novel microsatellite markers for fecal genotyping of Javan and Sumatran rhinoceros” at the 15th International Elephant and Rhino Conservation and Research Symposium, Singapore. 2016.

 

Kelsey E. Witt, Inge Lundstrom, Ripan S. Malhi. “Mitogenome sequencing of ancient dogs in the Americas” at the Society for American Archaeologists 81st Annual Meeting, Orlando FL. 2016.

 

Kelsey E. Witt, Ripan S. Malhi. “Genetic Comparison of Ancient Dog Populations in the Americas” at 4th ATAM Science and Archaeology Symposium, Urbana IL. 2016.