Core team members

FINDER Principal Investigator, Dr Katerina Douka, is an archaeological scientist specialising in radiocarbon dating.  Prior to joining the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History as Research Group leader, Katerina was based at the University of Oxford where she spent 12 years studing and working as a researcher for two large research projects (PalaeoChron and AHOB3) .

More on her CV can be found in her personal website

Katerina Douka – FINDER Principal Investigator


Samantha Brown joined FINDER in November 2017 and she is the project’s first PhD student. Samantha received her Bachelor in Archaeology from the University of Melbourne and a MSc in Archaeological Science from the University of Oxford. During her Master dissertation she discovered a Neanderthal fossil  from Denisova Cave using ZooMS (“Denisova 11″).

For her PhD, Sam is working on the northern Asia component of FINDER, mainly examining sites in Siberia (Altai and Transbaikal regions), using ZooMS, stable isotopes and radiocarbon dating.

Samantha Brown – FINDER PhD student


Naihui Wang joined FINDER in April 2019 and she is the project’s second PhD student. Naihui received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Archaeology from Northwest University in China. 

For her PhD, Naihui is focusing on China and the establishment of a high-throughput ZooMS facility under the auspices of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing. Naihui is working closely together, and under the direction, of several Chinese scientists in order to access Palaeolithic bone assemblages, mostly from the north of the country.

 Naihui Wang, FINDER PhD student