College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Justin Tackney

Postdoctoral Researcher, Anthropology
Primary office:
Fraser Hall
Room 615
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


B.A.: Molecular Biology & Biochemistry / Classical Civilizations - Boston University 

M.S.: Biological Anthropology - University of Utah

Ph.D.: Biological Anthropology - University of Utah

Research Interests

  • Population genetics
  • Ancestral analysis
  • Peopling of the Americas
  • Arctic migrations
  • Ancient DNA and forensic DNA methodologies
  • Evolution
  • Human origins

Selected Publications

Eisenberg D, Tackney J, Cawthon RM, Cloutier CT, Hawkes K.  Paternal and grandpaternal ages at conception and descendant telomere lengths in chimpanzees and humans.  Am J Phys Anthropol.  2016 Oct 12 Epub ahead of print.

Tackney JC, Coltrain, JB, Raff JA, and O'Rourke DH. Ancient DNA and stable isotopes: Windows on Arctic prehistory. In: Oxford Handbook of Arctic Archaeology, Max Friesen and Owen Mason, Editors. Oxford University Press.  2016 Oct.

Coltrain JB, Tackney J, O’Rourke DH. Thule whaling at Point Barrow, Alaska: The Nuvuk cemetery stable isotope and radiocarbon record. J. Arch. Sci:Reports. 2016 Oct; 9:681-694.

Tackney J, Potter BA, Raff J, Powers M, Watkins S, Warner D, Reuther JD, Irish JD, and O’Rourke DHTwo Contemporaneous Mitogenomes from Terminal Pleistocene Burials in Eastern Beringia. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci, USA. 2015.  112(45):13833–13838.

Raff, JA, Rzhetskaya, MR, Tackney J, and Hayes MG. Mitochondrial diversity of Iñupiat peoples from the Alaskan North Slope provides evidence for the origins of the Paleo- and Neo- Eskimo peoples. Am J Phys Anthropol.  2015 Aug; 157(4):603-614.

Tackney J, Cawthon RM, Coxworth JE, and Hawkes K.  Blood cell telomere lengths and shortening rates of chimpanzee and human females.  Am J Hum Bio.  2014 Mar; 26(4):452-460.

Weiss ML and Tackney J.  An Introduction to Genetics.  In: Human Biology: An Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspective, 2nd Edition.  2012.  Sara Stinson, Barry Bogin, and Dennis O’Rourke, Editors.  Wiley-Blackwell.

Raff JA, Bolnick DA, Tackney J, O'Rourke DH. Ancient DNA perspectives on American colonization and population history. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2011 Dec; 146(4):503-14.

          (One of the five most accessed articles in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology in 2011.)

Raff J, Tackney J, O'Rourke DH. South from Alaska: A Pilot aDNA Study of Genetic History on the Alaska Peninsula and the Eastern Aleutians. Hum Biol. 2010 82(5-6):677-93.


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