Dr Elaine Dunbar
- Research Scientist (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre)
I have the primary role as Deputy Manager in the SUERC Radiocarbon Laboratory.
Personal research interests are new avenues of method development for the laboratory to advance existing methodologies for 14C capabilities.
- Forensic applications of 14C.
- Method development and modification of 14C techniques.
- Development of 14C laboratory QA procedures.
- New stepped combustion method for the dating of archaeological tooth enamel.
- Analytical problems associated with the measurement of bone F14C background values at SUERC.
- Compilation of a whisky bomb curve from known age samples to aid identification of year of production of malt whisky.
Radiocarbon dating research in Scottish archaeology. (Historic Environment Scotland). 1998-present.
Historic England AMS Radiocarbon Dating contract. 2003-2017. Named person responsible for all aspects of 14C dating programme in SUERC.
Extending Histories: From medieval mottes to prehistoric round mounds. Leary, J. (PI) and Branch, N. (Co-I). (Leverhulme Trust). 2015-2017.
Re-dating Danebury hillfort and surrounding settlements - A Bayesian Approach to High Precision Chronology. Hazelgrove, C. (PI), Gosden, C. (Co-I) and Cook, G. (Co-I). (Leverhulme Trust). 2013-2015.
Times of Their Lives – The Neolithic of Europe. Collaboration with English Heritage/Cardiff University on their ERC Grant.
Footprint on the edge of Thule: Landscapes of Norse indigenous interaction. Edwards, K. (PI). (Leverhulme Trust). 2007-2011.
Landscapes circum-Landnam: Viking settlement in the North Atlantic and its human and ecological consequences. Edwards, K. (PI). (Leverhulme Trust). 2002-2006.
Summer and Placement Students
Direct collaboration with other Universities and Research Institutes:
- Investigating the variability in the Radiocarbon Dating of Bone. Statistical analysis of quality assurance data from the SUERC RCL. Student from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow.
- Development of a method for measurement of stable isotopes in the inorganic fraction of bone. Student from Poland.
- Preparation of plant macrofossils for alpha cellulose for δ13C analysis. Technician from the Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, Poland.
- Collagen extraction and measurement of F14C in background bones. Research Fellow from the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Implementation of a new graphite system for AMS 14C Dating capabilities at Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia. Technical staff from Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia.
SUERC Radiocarbon Laboratory placements:
- Training and supervision of students to investigate temporal variations in platinum and lead concentration in urban soil and dust. Students from the Department of Environmental Chemistry, University of Glasgow.
- Supervise a student placement to investigate anomalous 14C distributions and accumulation in saltmarsh sediments and biota in the eastern UK coastal environment. Student from the Department of Environmental Chemistry, University of Glasgow.
- Supervise a placement project to establish the feasibility of a sealed tube combustion method for AMS 14C analysis of small samples. Graduate from the Department of Environmental Chemistry, University of Glasgow.
- Modification of and preparation on tooth enamel samples for 14C, Sr and O isotope analysis. Students from the Department of Environmental Chemistry, University of Glasgow.
- Construction of a Historic Scotland Database for submission of final Radiocarbon Results. Student from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde.
- Development of a graphite programme to help with the daily running of the graphite line and quality assurance of samples produced. Student from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde.
- Ph.D. Environmental Chemistry - SUERC/University of Glasgow, 1998-2001
- Development of a novel Isotope Dilution ICP-MS method for the quantification of anthropogenic platinum from car catalytic converter sources, to investigate the geochemistry of anthropogenic platinum in the urban environment.
- B.Sc. (Hons) Environmental Biogeochemistry - University of Glasgow, 1992-1996
- Research Assistant, SUERC - 2001-present
- Environmental Geochemist, IKM Consulting - 1998
- Research Technician, Napier University, Edinburgh - 1996-1998