Core team

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 group leader, Katerina was based at the University of Oxford where she spent 12 years reading for two graduate degrees (MSc & DPhil) in Archaeological Science 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 Master of Science from the University of Oxford. During her Master dissertation she discovered a human 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).

Samantha Brown – FINDER PhD student