Dr Fiona Petchey obtained a PhD from Waikato University in 1998 investigating the viability of radiocarbon dating fishbone. She is the Deputy Director of the Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory and has been instrumental in setting up Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) facilities at that laboratory. Her research concentrates on improvement of archaeological chronologies by the joint investigation of site taphonomy and sample specific radiocarbon effects. Her specific areas of expertise include radiocarbon variation in the in marine shells and dietary induced radiocarbon offsets in human bone. She has applied this multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of archaeological materials from across the Pacific, Australia and Europe.
Biography Updated on 30 September 2012