Professor Julia Lee Thorp

Research Profile

Research Activities

Current Doctoral Students

  • Eleanor C. E. Farber
  • Quan Zhang
  • Yingtung Fung
  • Tansy Branscombe
  • Peining Li


  • 2014-          NERC CORE panel member, Panel E
  • 2012-          NERC Isotope Geosciences Facility Steering Committee 
  • 2011-2013  NERC Peer Review College
  • 2007-2009  Advisory Board, Historical East African Landscapes Project (PI Lane, York University).
  • 2006-2010  Research Director, Archaeological, Geographical and Environmental Sciences, University of Bradford.
  • 2006-2008  NERC Peer Review College
  • 2007-2010  Review Panel, NRCF - ORADS.

Research grants

  • 2015  National Radiocarbon Facility Archaeology Panel, Paired human-textile dating at Pica 8, northern Chile. (CI)
  • 2015  National Radiocarbon Facility Archaeology Panel, The timing of archaeological and environmental shifts at Nelson Bay Cave and Byneskranskop 1, Southern Cape coast, South Africa.
  • 2015  NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities Steering Committee Sea surface temperatures from oxygen isotope ratios in marine molluscs from Late Pleistocene Middle Stone Age sites, South Africa.
  • 2014-2015  National Radiocarbon Facility Archaeology Panel. Timing of environmental shifts at Wonderwerk Cave, Northern Cape, South Africa, and implications for extinction events
  • 2013-2014   British Academy, Coming to Knowth. A strontium isotope approach to Neolithic mobility at a passage tomb cemetery. Schulting (PI), Lee-Thorp (CI).
  • 2012-2013   John Fell OUP Research Fund, Postdoctoral fellowship for Dr Maura Pellegrini (PI).
  • 2011-2012  Boise Research Fund, Dietary ecology of Australopithecus afarensis from stable light isotope analysis of fossils from the Upper Laetoli Beds (PI).
  • 2011-2012  John Fell Research Fund, Exploring strontium isotope distributions in tooth crown sequences of migratory and non-migratory fauna from Laetoli, Tanzania, (PI).
  • 2011-2012  Leakey Foundation, Dietary ecology of Cross River gorillas from stable isotopes (PI).
  • 2011-2012  British Academy, Ranging behaviour of Equus and Cervus from the Late Glacial site of Settecanelle (PI).
  • 2010-2012  Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovation, Spain, Life history strategies in sympatric primates – Co- Investigator.

Postgraduate teaching

Course lecturer in Bioarchaeology for the MSc in Archaeological Science.