Professor Greger Larson

Professor of Evolutionary Genomics, School of Archaeology


Professor Greger Larson is Professor of Evolutionary Genomics at the School of Archaeology and Director of the Wellcome Trust Palaeogenomics and Bio-Archaeology Research Network at Oxford University. He is also a Senior Nicolas Kurti Research Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. 

His research interests include evolutionary genomics; ancient DNA; domestication; human and animal dispersal; and phylogenetics.

At Palaeo-BARN (the Wellcome Trust Palaeogenomics and Bio-Archaeology Research Network at Oxford University) work involves combining the resolution afforded by DNA sequences and fine-scale morphological variation with the time depth of archaeology and palaeontology. Doing so allows researchers to establish the patterns of DNA and morphological variance through time and space and take advantage of a range of bioinformatic approaches to answer long-standing questions related to how, when, and where evolutionary processes (including domestication) took place that have led to the creation of the modern world.

Professor Larson was previously an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellow in Uppsala, Sweden and was a Reader at Durham University.

He received his MSt in World Archaeology and PhD in Zoology at Oxford, and a BA in Environment, Economics, and Politics at Claremont McKenna College (California).


  • Ancient DNA
  • Domestication
  • Domestic animals
  • Human and animal dispersals

Media experience

Professor Greger Larson has extensive media experience working on both live and recorded television and radio programs. Numerous appearances on radio include the Today programme. He has also hosted his own Discovery Program, both presenting to camera and voice over, and has experience working on several long form podcasts.