Dr. Amy Styring

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Humboldt-Stipendiatin Archäobotanik Afrikas

Campus Westend, IG-Farbenhaus
Zimmer Q4, 6.417
Tel: 069 798-32091
Email: styring@em.uni-frankfurt.de

I am an archaeological chemist specialised in isotope geochemistry, with a long-standing research interest in ancient agriculture and the ways in which people adapted to societal and environmental changes in prehistory. My current research as a Humboldt Research Fellow is pioneering ancient crop isotope analysis in West Africa, paving the way for future multidisciplinary projects into agricultural sustainability and resilience across the continent. For more information in English, please visit my website.

Ich bin eine Archäologin, die auf die Isotopengeochemie der Getreide spezialisiert ist. Ich interessiere mich für Landwirtschaft im Altertum, die Beziehung zwischen Menschen und ihrer Umwelt, und wie Menschen sich an Gesellschafts- und Umweltentwicklungen angepasst haben.

Forschungsthemen

  • Isotopengeochemie (δ13C, δ15N, 87Sr/86Sr in Pflanzen, Knochen und Zähnen von Tieren und Menschen)
  • Mensch-Umwelt-Verhältnis im Altertum (Landnutzung, Landwirtschaft, Klima usw.)

Forschungsprojekte

  • 2017- : Humboldt Stipendium, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt.
    Refining crop isotopic approaches to understanding past farming practice: gaining an archaeological insight into agricultural sustainability in West Africa
    Ich führe Isotopenanalysen an Getreideproben aus modernen und archäologischen Kontexten durch, um herauszufinden, wie Menschen in der Sahelzone in Westafrika ihre Getreide angebaut haben. Das Ziel ist es, besser die langfristige Auswirkung der Klima- und Umweltveränderung auf die Zukunftsfähigkeit des Ackerbaus zu verstehen.
  • 2013-2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford, Großbritannien
    AGRICURB: The Agricultural Origins of Urban Civilization‘ European Research Council Projekt.
    Im Rahmen dieses Projekts führte ich Isotopenanalysen an Getreide, Tier- und Menschenknochen durch, um die Entwicklung der Landwirtschaft im Zusammenhang mit dem Erscheinen der ersten Städte zu rekonstruieren.
  • 2007-2012: Doktorarbeit, University of Bristol, Großbritannien
    ‘Crop d15N Value Expression in Bone Collagen of Ancient Fauna and Humans: A New Approach to Palaeodietary and Agricultural Reconstruction’
    In meiner Doktorarbeit entwickelte ich eine Methode, um die δ15N-Werte von Aminosäuren in archäologischen Knochen und modernen Getreiden zu messen, mit dem Ziel, die Nutzung des Dungs in der Vorgeschichte zu erkennen.

Publikationen

2017

Styring A.K., Charles M., Fantone F., Hald M.M., McMahon A., Meadow R.H., Nicholls G.K., Patel A.K., Pitre M.C., Smith A., Sołtysiak A., Stein G., Weber J.A., Weiss H. & Bogaard A. (2017) New isotope evidence for agricultural extensification reveals how the world’s first cities were fed. Nature Plants.

Styring A.K., Rösch M., Stephan E., Stika H-P., Fischer E., Sillmann, M. & Bogaard A. (2017) Centralisation and long-term change in farming regimes: comparing agricultural practices in Neolithic and Iron Age south-west Germany. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society.

2016

Bogaard, A., Arbogast, R-M., Ebersbach, R., Fraser, R. A., Knipper, C., Krahn, C., Schäfer, M., Styring, A. K. & Krause, R. (2016) The Bandkeramik settlement of Vaihingen an der Enz, Kreis Ludwigsburg (Baden-Württemberg):  an integrated perspective on land use, economy and diet. Germania 94, 1-60.

Bogaard A., Styring A.K., Ater M., Hmimsa Y., Green L., Stroud E., Whitlam J., Diffey C., Nitsch E., Charles M., Jones G. & Hodgson J. (2016) From traditional farming in Morocco to early urban agroecology in northern Mesopotamia: combining present-day arable weed surveys and crop isotope analysis to reconstruct past agrosystems in (semi-)arid regions. Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology.

Styring A.K., Ater M., Hmimsa Y., Fraser R.A., Miller H., Neef R., Pearson J.A. & Bogaard A. (2016) Disentangling the effect of farming practice from aridity on crop stable isotope values: A present-day model from Morocco and its application to early farming sites in the eastern Mediterranean, The Anthropocene Review 3, 2-22.

Styring A.K., Maier U., Schlichtherle H. & Bogaard A. (2016) Cultivation of choice: new insights into farming practices at Neolithic lakeshore sites. Antiquity 349, 95-110.

2015

Styring A.K., Fraser R.A., Arbogast R.-M., Halstead P., Isaakidou V., Pearson J.A., Schäfer M., Triantaphyllou S., Valamoti S.M., Wallace M., Bogaard A. & Evershed R.P. (2015) Refining human palaeodietary reconstruction using amino acid δ15N values of plants, animals and humans. Journal of Archaeological Science 53, 504–515.

Bogaard A., Hodgson J., Nitsch E., Jones G., Styring A.K., Diffey C., Pouncett J., Herbig C., Charles M., Ertug F., Tugay O., Filipovic D. & Fraser R.A. (2015) Combining functional weed ecology and crop stable isotope ratios to identify cultivation intensity: a comparison of cereal production regimes in Haute Provence, France and Asturias, Spain. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 1–17.

2014

Styring A.K., Fraser R.A., Bogaard A. & Evershed R.P. (2014) The effect of manuring on cereal and pulse amino acid δ15N values. Phytochemistry 102, 40–45.

Styring A.K., Fraser R.A., Bogaard A. & Evershed R.P., (2014) Cereal grain, rachis and pulse seed amino acid δ15N values as indicators of plant nitrogen metabolism. Phytochemistry 97, 20-29.

2013

Bogaard A., Fraser R.A., Heaton T.H.E., Wallace M., Vaiglova P., Charles M., Jones G., Evershed R.P., Styring A.K., Andersen N.H., Arbogast R.-M., Bartosiewicz L., Gardeisen A., Kanstrup M., Maier U., Marinova E., Ninov L., Schäfer M. & Stephan E. (2013) Crop manuring and intensive land management by Europe’s first farmers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 12589–12594.

Styring A.K., Manning H., Fraser R.A., Wallace M., Jones G., Charles M., Heaton T.H.E., Bogaard A. & Evershed R. P. (2013) The effect of charring and burial on the biochemical composition of cereal grains: Investigating the integrity of archaeological plant material. Journal of Archaeological Science 40, 4767-4779.

2012

Styring A.K., Kuhl A., Knowles T.D.J., Fraser R.A., Bogaard A. & Evershed R.P. (2012) Practical considerations in the determination of compound-specific amino acid d15N values in animal and plant tissues by gas chromatography-combustion-isotope ratio mass spectrometry, following derivatisation to their N-acetylisopropyl esters. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 26, 2328-2334.

2010

Styring A.K., Sealy J. and Evershed R.P. (2010) Resolving the bulk d15N values of ancient human and animal bone collagen via compound-specific nitrogen isotope analysis of constituent amino acids. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 74, 241-251.