Dr Amy Styring

University Education

PhD in Archaeological Chemistry
Organic Geochemistry Unit, University of Bristol, UK, 2007 – 2011

Thesis title: Crop d15N Value Expression in Bone Collagen of Ancient Fauna and Humans: A New Approach to Palaeodietary and Agricultural Reconstruction

Faculty of Science Commendation – for PhD theses deemed outstanding by examiners

BSc Archaeology and Chemistry, University of Exeter (First Class Honours)
Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter, UK, 2004 – 2007

Years 2 & 3: Awarded prize for the top performance in Archaeology and Chemistry

Work Experience

Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
African Archaeology & Archaeobotany, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany,
2017 – present

– Four-month intensive German course
– Investigating the effect of farming practices on modern crop isotope values
– Determining how farming practices changes in Burkina Faso over 3000 years
– Identifying how knowledge of past farming practice can contribute to debates surrounding present-day agricultural sustainability and resilience

 Postdoctoral researcher on the European Research Council-funded Agricultural Origins of Urban Civilization project
Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, UK, 2013 – 2017

– Multidisciplinary research across Archaeology and Earth Sciences departments
– Isotope analysis of archaeological crop remains, animal and human bones
– Liaising with colleagues around the world to secure archaeological samples
– Cooperating with work colleagues to ensure the smooth running of the laboratory

Science, education and industry executive
Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2012 – 2013

– Writing scientific policy reports and attending policy roundtable discussions
– Supporting the education team through development of careers materials and an outreach strategy
– Project-managing an exhibit at the 2012 Cambridge Science Festival
– Running a series of public lectures for up to 100 people, addressing topics from solar energy to Alzheimer’s disease

Education department intern
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, UK, September 2011 – March 2012

– Running environmental workshops for audiences ranging from primary school children to postgraduate students and teachers
– Responding to each audience and adapting workshop content on the spot

PhD in Archaeological Chemistry
Organic Geochemistry Unit, University of Bristol, UK, 2007 – 2011

– Laboratory and field-based research into crop nitrogen cycling and the effect of manuring
– Presenting my research at national and international conferences
– Working in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team across institutions
– Working as part of a team to organise and run the ‘Palaeodetectives’ exhibit at the week-long Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Research Assistant, Environment and Economy Team
Members’ Research Service, Welsh Assembly, Cardiff, UK, April 2010 – July 2010

– Writing a research paper on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy 2012
– Producing briefings for and attending meetings of the Rural Development
Sub-Committee and Sustainability Committee

Grants and Awards

NERC: A three-month funded POST secondment to the Members’ Research Service in the Welsh Assembly, Wales for research and policy support to Members (equivalent to £3400)

British Mass Spectrometry Service: Awarded travel grants on three separate occasions to attend conferences in the UK and internationally (£850 total)

Bristol University Alumni Foundation: Awarded a postgraduate travel grant to attend the international Archaeometry conference in 2008 (£400)

Millhayes Scholarship: Awarded by the University of Exeter for outstanding A-level results (£4000 over 3 years)

Organisational Skills

Organisation of International Conferences

Enhancing the relevance of crop isotope studies: what information can they provide producers? University of Oxford, 12 Nov 2014
Drafting guest list, writing invitations, liaising with attendees, organising catering and accommodation, ensuring smooth running of the workshop, presenting key information

Pan Africa Chemistry Network Congress on Agricultural Productivity, Water and Waste United Nations Conference Centre, Ethiopia, 26-27 Nov 2012
Managing a £70,000 budget, advertising conference, liaising with speakers, organising flights, accommodation and catering, designing abstract booklet, ensuring success of conference for 120 participants from 20 countries

Research Expeditions – Leading

Sampling trip to Rif region, Morocco, May 2014
Leading a team of 5 people, sampling modern crops for isotope analysis at various sites in northern Morocco, collaborating with colleagues from Tétouan University, translating French into English, ensuring appropriate import permissions, planning sampling strategy

Sampling trip to Lake Constance, Germany, May 2013
Leading a team of 2 people, sampling modern plants for strontium isotope analysis, collaborating with colleagues from the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, translating German into English, planning sampling strategy

Teaching / Mentoring

Supervision of lab technician, 2014 – present
Directing the workload for a lab technician, training in lab procedures, adherence to health and safety regulations, regular monitoring of progress

Tutoring Archaeology & Anthropology undergraduate students, 2014 – present
Leading tutorials on ‘World Archaeology’, ‘The Nature of Archaeological Enquiry’ and ‘Urbanisation and Complex Societies’ for first and second year undergraduate students

Supervision of a masters student, 2008 – 2009
Providing training and mentoring for a chemistry masters student working on the effect of charring and burial on cereal grains, collaborating on the publication of a peer-reviewed journal article

STEM ambassador, 2009 – 2011
Running chemistry workshops in schools and talking about being an archaeological chemist

Technical / Practical Skills

Laboratory Skills: Over 10 years of lab work in Chemistry, Archaeology and Earth Sciences laboratories

In-depth practical understanding of isotope instrumentation: Methodological PhD and 2+ years of postdoctoral experience working on isotope analysis

Geographic Information Systems: Trained on an 8-week taught masters course

Statistics: Competent user of Microsoft Excel and R

First Aid: Emergency First Aid at Work, valid from 19 Mar 2014-18 Mar 2017

Fieldwork Safety Overseas and Emergency First Aid for Fieldworkers: Training courses completed in 2013