Portrait of Dr Gina McFarlane

Dr Gina McFarlane

Lecturer in Biological Anthropology


Gina completed her PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Auckland. Her thesis used a life course approach to explore relationships between childhood stress and adult longevity in Londoners who lived during the Industrial Revolution. After completing her PhD, she worked as a consultant osteologist, recording and analysing prehistoric Māori remains.

She was recently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kent involved in the Biorhythms of Childhood Growth project investigating links between a biorhythm evident in dental histology and variation in childhood growth rates.

In general, her research interests surround aspects of health in past people, with a particular interest in teeth including enamel histology and non-specific stress indicators in teeth.  

Research interests

  • Dental histology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Dental and skeletal on-specific stress indicators


  • SACO8140: Advanced Human Osteology and Anatomy
  • SACO9920: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Science
  • ANTB3020: Foundations of Biological AnthropologyANTB5330 Independent Research Project
  • ANTB6280: Human Skeletal Biology


  • British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (Current treasurer)
  • American Association of Biological Anthropology
  • Paleopathology Association  
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