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Dr. Sabrina B. Shirazi



Post-Doctoral Scholar


Office:  LMAMR



Research Interests

  • Ancient DNA
  • Historical ecology
  • Archaeology
  • Genomics
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Conservation genetics
  • High-throughput DNA sequencing
  • Bioinformatics
  • Human-environment interaction
  • Archaeogenomics
  • Science education
  • Research Ethics
  • Public education
  • Community engagement


Dr. Sabrina Shirazi is currently a Post-doc with Dr. Courtney Hofman in the Laboratories of Molecular Anthropology and Microbiome Research (LMAMR).  She started in October of 2021 after finishing her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she focused on the use of ancient and environmental DNA for conservation and developing our understanding of historical ecology. Throughout her graduate work, Sabrina was the lead- scientist at UCSC for CALeDNA, a state-wide research and outreach initiative aiming to bring community scientists and researchers from across the state together to learn, teach, and study the biodiversity of California. In her current Post-doc, she is working in collaboration with the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy, and the Santa Ynez tribal band of the Chumash Indians (SYBCI) on conservation and archaeological- focused projects. These projects use ancient and environmental DNA to answer many questions on the current and past ecosystem, and human-ecosystem interactions, on the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve, just north of Santa Barbara, CA.

Recent/Significant Publications

Wygal, B., Krasinski, K.E., Metcalfe, J.Z., McMahan, D., Holmes, C.E., Crass, B.A., Wriston, T.A., Shirazi, S., Vershinina, A.O., Shapiro, B.. (2021). Archaeological Recovery of late Pleistocene Hair and Ancient Sedimentary DNA from Interior Alaska. Environmental Archaeology. In Press.

Shirazi, S., Broomandkhoshbacht, N., Oppenheimer, J., Metcalfe, M., Found, R., Ives, J.W., Shapiro, B.. (2021). Ancient DNA-based sex determination of  bison hide moccasins indicates Promontory Cave occupants selected female hides for footwear. J. Archaeol. Sci.

Curtin, L, D’Andrea, W.J., Balascio, N.L., Shirazi, S., Shapiro, B., de Wet, G.A., Bradley, R.S., Bakke, J.. (2021). Sedimentary DNA and molecular evidence for pre-Norse occupation of the Faroe Islands. Communications Earth & Environment.

Shirazi, S. Meyer, R., Shapiro, B. (2021). Stochastic PCR variability impacts alpha diversity but not beta diversity in eDNA metabarcoding. Ecology and Evolution.

Cronin, C., Alonzo, S.H., Adamczak, S.K., Baker, D.N., Beltran, R.S., Borker, A.L., Favilla, A.B., Gatins, R., Goetz, L.C., Hack, N., Harenčár, J.G., Howard, E.A., Kustra, M.C., Maguiña, R., Martinez-Estevez, L., Mehta, R.S., Parker, I.M., Reid, K., Roberts, M.B., Shirazi, S., Tatom-Naecker, T.M., Voss, K.M., Willis-Norton, E., Vadakan, B., Valenzuela-Toro, A.M., Zavaleta, E. (2021). Anti-Racist interventions to transform Ecology, Evolutionary, and Conservation Biology Departments. Nature Ecology and Evolution.