EUROTAST has a unique research model that integrates interdisciplinary dialogues and perspectives across the sciences and humanities. Our genetics and bio-archaeology research in particular is also utilizing cutting edge methodologies to find ways of illuminating the histories of people in the transatlantic African diaspora. Visit this page regularly to see how EUROTAST research and thinking is progressing!


Leonard Rutgers, Harry Ostrer, Tracy Prowse, Hannes Schroeder (2018). Diaspora, migration, and the sciences: a new integrated perspective. European Journal of Human Genetics. doi: 10.1038/s41431-018-0314-0.

Cesar Fortes-Lima and Jean-Michel Dugoujon (2018). Revisiting genetic ancestry in African Diaspora communities from Atlantic South America. Book chapter. In Trends in Biological Anthropology Vol 2. Editors:
Malin Holst and Michelle Alexander. Publisher: Oxbow Books. ISBN: 9781785706202.

Cesar Fortes-Lima, Jonas Bybjerg-Grauholm, Lilia Caridad Marin-Padrón, Enrique Javier Gomez-Cabezas, Marie Bækvad-Hansen, Christine Søholm Hansen, Phuong Le, David Michael Hougaard, Paul Verdu, Ole Mors, Esteban J. Parra, and Beatriz Marcheco-Teruel (2018). Exploring Cuba’s population structure and demographic history using genome-wide data. Scientific Reports. 8(1):11422. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-29851-3.

Anuradha Jagadeesan, Ellen D. Gunnarsdóttir, S. Sunna Ebenesersdóttir, Valdis B. Guðmundsdóttir, Elisabet Linda Thordardottir, Margrét S. Einarsdóttir, Hákon Jónsson, Jean-Michel Dugoujon, Cesar Fortes-Lima, Florence Migot-Nabias, Achille Massougbodji, Gil Bellis, Luisa Pereira, Gísli Másson, Augustine Kong, Kári Stefánsson, and Agnar Helgason (2018). Reconstructing an African haploid genome from the 18th centuryNature Genetics. doi:10.1038/s41588-017-0031-6.

Jason E. Laffoon, Ryan Espersen, and Hayley L. Mickleburgh (2018). The Life History of an Enslaved African: Multiple Isotope Evidence for Forced Childhood Migration from Africa to the Caribbean and Associated Dietary ChangeArchaeometry. doi: 10.1111/arcm.12354.


Cesar Fortes-Lima, Antoine Gessain, Andres Ruiz-Linares, Maria-Cátira Bortolini, Florence Migot-Nabias, Gil Bellis, J. Víctor Moreno-Mayar, Berta Nelly Restrepo, Winston Rojas, Efren Avendaño-Tamayo, Gabriel Bedoya, Ludovic Orlando, Antonio Salas, Agnar Helgason, M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Martin Sikora, Hannes Schroeder, and Jean-Michel Dugoujon (2017). Genome-wide Ancestry and Demographic History of African-Descendant Maroon Communities from French Guiana and SurinameAmerican Journal of Human Genetics 101(5):725-736. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2017.09.021.

Patin E, Lopez M, Grollemund R, Verdu P, Harmant C, Quach H, Laval G, Perry GH, Barreiro LB, Froment A, Heyer E, Massougbodji A, Fortes-Lima C, Migot-Nabias F, Bellis G, Dugoujon JM, Pereira JB, Fernandes V, Pereira L, van der Veen L, Mouguiama-Daouda P, Bustamante CD, Hombert JM, and Quintana-Murci L (2017). Dispersals and genetic adaptation of Bantu-speaking populations in Africa and North AmericaScience 356(6337):543-546. doi: 10.1126/science.aal1988.

Beatriz Sierra, Petr Triska, Pedro Soares, Gissel Garcia, Ana B. Perez, Eglys Aguirre, Marisa Oliveira, Bruno Cavadas, Béatrice Regnault, Mayling Alvarez, Didye Ruiz, David C. Samuels, Anavaj Sakuntabhai, Luisa Pereira, Maria G. Guzman (2017). OSBPL10, RXRA and lipid metabolism confer African-ancestry protection against dengue haemorrhagic fever in admixed CubansPLoS Pathogens. 13(2):e1006220. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006220.


Heinz T, Pala M, Gomez-Carballa A, Richards MB, and Salas A (2016). Updating the African human mitochondrial DNA tree: Relevance to forensic and population genetics. Forensic Sci Int Genet 27:156-59. doi:

Cesar Fortes-Lima, (2016). Tracing the genetic origin of African descendants from South America. Editions Universitaires Europeennes. Scientific Book. ISBN-10: 3639847660.

Sarah Abel (2016). In Search of Transatlantic Identities : Conceptual Loops at the Intersection of Society, History and Genetics. Nuevo Mundo, Mundos Nuevos. October. html:

Pardo-Seco J, Heinz T, Taboada-Echalar P, Martinón-Torres F, and Salas A (2016). Mapping the genomic mosaic of two ‘Afro-Bolivians’ from the isolated Yungas valleys. BMC Genomics 17:207. doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-2520-x.

Sarah AbelMarcela Sandoval-Velasco (2016) Crossing disciplinary lines: reconciling social and genomic perspectives on the histories and legacies of the transatlantic trade in enslaved AfricansNew Genetics and Society 35(2):149-185. doi:10.1080/14636778.2016.1197109.

Temi Odumosu & Hannes Schroeder (2016) Memorializing Contested Landscapes. Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 4(3):189-194. doi:10.1080/21619441.2015.1124592.

Winston F. Phulgence (2016) African Warriors, Insurgent Fighters, and the Memory of Slavery in the Anglophone CaribbeanJournal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 4(3):214-226. doi:10.1080/21619441.2015.1124593.

Jay B. Haviser (2016) Truth and Reconciliation: Transforming Public Archaeology with African Descendant Voices in the Dutch CaribbeanJournal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 4(3):243-259. doi:10.1080/21619441.2015.1124591.

Artwell Cain (2016) Slavery and Memory in the Netherlands: Who Needs Commemoration? Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 4(3):227-242. doi:10.1080/21619441.2015.1124589.

Colleen Morgan & Pierre Marc Pallascio (2016) Digital Media, Participatory Culture, and Difficult Heritage: Online Remediation and the Trans-Atlantic Slave TradeJournal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 4(3):260-278. doi:10.1080/21619441.2015.1124594.

Jonathan Finch (2016) Atlantic Landscapes: Connecting Place and People in the Modern WorldJournal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 4(3):195-213. doi:10.1080/21619441.2015.1124590.


Petr Triska, Pedro Soares, Etienne Patin, Veronica Fernandes, Viktor Cerny & Luisa PereiraExtensive Admixture and Selective Pressure Across the Sahel BeltGenome Biol Evol (2015) Vol. 7 3484-3495. doi:10.1093/gbe/evv236

Cesar Fortes-Lima, Nicolas Brucato, Myriam Croze, Gil Bellis, Stephanie Schiavinato, Achille Massougbodji, Florence Migot-Nabias & Jean-Michel Dugoujon (2015) Genetic population study of Y-chromosome markers in Benin and Ivory Coast ethnic groupsForensic Science International: Genetics 19:232-237. doi:10.1016/j.fsigen.2015.07.021.

Tanja Heinz, Jorge Mario Cárdenas, Vanesa Álvarez-Iglesias, Jacobo Pardo-Seco, Alberto Gómez-Carballa, Carla Santos, Patricia Taboada-Echalar, Federico Martinón-Torres, Antonio Salas (2015) The Genomic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Yungas Valley of Bolivia. PLoS ONE 10(8):e0134129. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134129

Hannes Schroeder, María C. Ávila-Arcos, Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, G. David Poznik, Marcela Sandoval-Velasco, Meredith L. Carpenter, José Víctor Moreno-Mayar, Martin Sikora, Philip L. F. Johnson, Morten Erik Allentoft, José Alfredo Samaniego, Jay B. Haviser, Michael W. Dee, Thomas W. Stafford, Jr., Antonio Salas, Ludovic Orlando, Eske Willerslev, Carlos D. Bustamante, and M. Thomas P. Gilbert. (2015). Genome-wide ancestry of 17th-century enslaved Africans from the Caribbean. PNAS USA 112:3669–3673. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1421784112.


Jorge Mario Cárdenas, Tanja Heinz, Jacobo Pardo-Seco, Vanesa Álvarez-Iglesias, Patricia Taboada-Echalar, Paula Sánchez-Diz, Ángel Carracedo, Antonio Salas. (2014). The multiethnic ancestry of Bolivians as revealed by the analysis of Y-chromosome markersForensic Science International: Genetics 14: 210-218.

Espersen, Ryan (2014). “SB 037, The Fort Gut Ridge Site: An Archaeological Survey and Limited Excavations”. Site report, Saba Archaeology Center, Saba, Dutch Caribbean.

Cesar Fortes-Lima, Jean-Michel Dugoujon, Candela L. Hernández, Guillermo Reales, and Rosario Calderón. (2014). Immunoglobulin genes in Andalusia (Spain). Genetic diversity in the Mediterranean space. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 337, 11, 646-56.

Luísa Pereira, Pedro Soares, Petr Triska, Teresa Rito, Agnes van der Waerden, Biao Li, Predrag Radivojac & David C. Samuels (2014). Global human frequencies of predicted nuclear pathogenic variants and the role played by protein hydrophobicity in pathogenicity potential. Scientific Reports, 4(7155), DOI:10.1038/srep07155.

Warinner C, J Hendy, C Speller, E Cappellini, R Fischer, C Trachsel, J Arneborg, N Lynnerup, OE Craig, DM Swallow, A Fotakis, RJ Christensen, JV Olsen, A Liebert, N Montalva, S Fiddyment, S Charlton, M Mackie, A Canci, A Bouwman, F Rühli, MTP. Gilbert & MJ Collins (2014) Direct evidence of milk consumption from ancient human dental calculusScientific Reports, 4(7104), doi: 10.1038/srep07104.

Warinner C, Rodrigues JF, Vyas R, Trachsel C, Shved N, Grossmann J, Radini A, Hancock Y, Tito RY, Fiddyment S, Speller C, Hendy J, Charlton S, Luder HU, Salazar-García DC, Eppler E, Seiler R, Hansen LH, Castruita JA, Barkow-Oesterreicher S, Teoh KY, Kelstrup CD, Olsen JV, Nanni P, Kawai T, Willerslev E, von Mering C, Lewis CM Jr, Collins MJ, Gilbert MT, Rühli F, Cappellini E. (2014). Pathogens and host immunity in the ancient human oral cavity. Nature Genetics. Apr; 46(4):336-44. DOI: 10.1038/ng.2906.


Tanja Heinz, Vanesa Álvarez-Iglesias, Jacobo Pardo-Seco, Patricia Taboada-Echalar, Alberto Gómez-Carballa, Antonio Torres-Balanza, Omar Rocabado, Ángel Carracedo, Carlos Vullo, Antonio Salas (2013). Ancestry analysis reveals a predominant Native American component with moderate European admixture in BoliviansForensic Science International: Genetics, 7(5), 537-542. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2013.05.012.

Hákon Jónsson, Aurélien Ginolhac, Mikkel Schubert, Philip L. F. Johnson, and Ludovic Orlando (2013). mapDamage2.0: fast approximate Bayesian estimates of ancient DNA damage parametersBioinformatics, 29 (13): 1682-1684. First published online April 23, 2013. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btt193.

Kristrina A. Shuler, Hannes Schroeder (2013). Evaluating Alcohol Related Birth Defects in the past: Skeletal and biochemical evidence from a colonial rum producing community in Barbados, West IndiesInternational Journal of Paleopathology 3(4): 235–242. doi:10.1016/j.ijpp.2013.08.005.

Patricia Taboada-Echalar, Vanesa Álvarez-Iglesias, Tanja Heinz, Laura Vidal-Bralo, Alberto Gómez-Carballa, Laura Catelli, Jacobo Pardo-Seco, Ana Pastoriza, Ángel Carracedo, Antonio Torres-Balanza, Omar Rocabado, Carlos Vullo, Antonio Salas (2013). The Genetic Legacy of the Pre-Colonial Period in Contemporary Bolivians. PLoS ONE 8(3): e58980. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058980.


Cerezo, M., Achilli, A., Olivieri, A., Perego, U. A., Gomez-Carballa, A., Brisighelli, F., Lancioni, H., et al. (2012). Reconstructing ancient mitochondrial DNA links between Africa and EuropeGenome Research22(5), 821–826. doi:10.1101/gr.134452.111.

Deason, M. L., Salas, A., Newman, S. P., Macaulay, V. A., Morrison, E. Y. S. A., & Pitsiladis, Y. P. (2012). Interdisciplinary approach to the demography of JamaicaBMC Evolutionary Biology12(1), 24. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-12-24.

Odumosu, T. (2012). Default Positions: African Icons and stereotypes from Georgian print culture. The Ephemerist 158 (Autumn), 10-13.

Schroeder, H., Shuler, K. A. and Chenery, S. R. (2012). Childhood lead exposure in an enslaved african community in barbados: Implications for birthplace and health status. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 149(4). doi:10.1002/ajpa.22193.

Schroeder, H., Haviser, J. B., & Price, T. D. (2012). The Zoutsteeg Three: Three New Cases of African Types of Dental Modification from Saint Martin, Dutch Caribbean. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, n/a–n/a. doi:10.1002/oa.2253.

Silva Jr., C. (2012). Tráfico, escravidão e comércio em Salvador do século XVIII: a vida de Francisco Gonçalves Dantas (1699-1738) in João José Reis e Elciene Azevedo (eds.), Escravidão e suas sombras. Salvador: EDUFBa (Federal University of Bahia Press), 143-185.

Silva Jr., C. (2012). Mapeando o Trafico Transatlantico de EscravosAfro-Ásia, 45, 179-184.