Gina Buckley

Researcher, ICArEHB

Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
FCHS, University of Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro

(+351) 289 800 988

ORCID: 0000-0001-5399-9311

Research Interests

I am an anthropological archaeologist interested in prehistoric human mobility and migration. I use techniques in stable and radiogenic isotope analyses, radiocarbon dating, paleodemography, and mortuary behavior to identify human movements across the life course. Recently, my work has focused on isoscape development and the advancement of non-traditional isotopic analyses to study paleodiet and migration. My current research takes place in central Mexico at the site of Teotihuacan and in the Save River Basin in Mozambique as part of the ERC-DISPERSALS project. I have also participated in projects across Mexico, central America, and Germany.

Short Bio

I received my dual-Master’s degree (2016) and dual-PhD (2021) in Anthropology and Demography at the Pennsylvania State University (USA). My doctoral research employed a suite of isotopic analysis (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and strontium) and radiocarbon dating of human skeletal remains to explore diachronic changes in diet and in-migration across different socioeconomic status groups at the ancient city of Teotihuacan in central Mexico. Before joining ICArEHB, I was a National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (USA). Here, I tested the feasibility of using lead isotope analysis to study paleomobility in climates where the preservation of skeletal material is poor, and I started the Mesoamerican Isoscape Project (MIP).