Brian M. Kemp

Associate Professor


Ph.D. University of California-Davis, 2006

Research Interests

Molecular Anthropology; Ancient DNA; Forensic DNA; Native American Prehistory; Turkey Domestication; Molecular Species Identification (DNA Barcoding); Advancing Methods for the Study of Low Copy Number and Degraded DNA Samples

Courses Taught

ANTH 3203 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Select Publications

2016    Lipe WD, Bocinsky RK, Chisholm BS, Lyle R, Dove DM, Matson RG, Jarvis E, Judd K, and Kemp BM. “Cultural and Genetic Contexts for Early Turkey Domestication in the Northern Southwest.” American Antiquity 81(1): 97-113. 

2015    Halffman CM, Potter BA, McKinney HJ, Finney BP, Rodrigues AT, Yang DY, and Kemp BM.  “Early human use of anadromous salmon in North America at 11,500 y ago.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112:12344-8.
2014    Barta JL, Monroe C, Teisberg JE, Winters M, Flanigan K, and Kemp BM.  “One of the Key Characteristics of Ancient DNA, Low Copy Number, May be a Product of its Extraction.” Journal of Archaeological Science 46: 281-289. 

2014    Kemp BM, Monroe C, Judd KG, Reams E, and Grier C. “Evaluation of Methods that Subdue the Effects of Polymerase Chain Reaction Inhibitors in the Study of Ancient and Degraded DNA.” Journal of Archaeological Science 42: 373-380. 

2013    Barta JL, Monroe C, and Kemp BM.  “Further Evaluation of the Efficacy of Contamination Removal From Bone Surfaces.” Forensic Science International 231:340-348. 

2010   Kemp BM, González-Oliver A, Malhi RS, Monroe C, Schroeder KB, McDonough J, Rhett G, Resendéz A, Peñaloza-Espinosa RI, Buentello-Malo L, Gorodesky C, and Smith DG. "Evaluating the Farming/Language Dispersal Hypothesis with Mitochondrial and Y-chromosomal DNA variation in the Southwest and Mesoamerica." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107: 6759-6764. 

2010    Speller CF, Kemp BM, Wyatt SD, Monroe C, Lipe WD, Arndt UM, and Yang DY. “Ancient Mitochondrial DNA Analysis Reveals Complexity of Indigenous North American Turkey Domestication.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107: 2807-2812.

Contact Information

Office: Dale Hall Tower 510C
Phone: 325-8786 

Research Campus: 2090 Stephenson Research and Technology Center (SRTC)