Marcus Thomas Pius Gilbert

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M Thomas P Gilbert
Born 1977
Hammersmith, London, UK
Nationality United Kingdom
Fields Evolutionary biology
Institutions Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, University of Arizona, Oxford University
Alma mater Oriel College and New College, Oxford University
Doctoral advisor Alan Cooper
Known for examination and analysis of ancient DNA
Influences Sarah Randolph, Edward Holmes, Michael Worobey, Eske Willerslev

Marcus Thomas Pius Gilbert (also known as Tom Gilbert, and publishing as MTP Gilbert) is an evolutionary biologist. He received a BA at Oriel College, Oxford University, and a D.Phil (Doctor of Philosophy) in the Zoology Dept and at New College under Alan Cooper. Subsequently, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, at the University of Arizona. In 2005, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen, where he is currently Professor of Palaeogenomics at the University of Copenhagen's Natural History Museum of Denmark, and a member of the Centre for Geogenetics at Copenhagen University. He is also Adjunct Professor of Murdoch University (Perth, Australia), and an Associate Editor of the Journals, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, and PLoS ONE.

He is notable for his work on ancient DNA, having several publications in journals such as Science, Nature and PNAS. He was involved in the sequencing of DNA from Pre-clovis native americans.[1] He is currently coordinator of the EUROTAST Marie Curie Actions Training Network, an interdisciplinary research program of 13 PhD students based at 10 international institutions, aimed at applying the latest in research techniques to helping contribute to modern understanding of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade ( Outside of bioarchaeology, his other interests include phylogenomics with particular focus on birds and the giant squid.


He is the author of ca. 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals.


  1. ^ M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Dennis L. Jenkins, Anders Götherstrom, Nuria Naveran, Juan J. Sanchez, Michael Hofreiter, Philip Francis Thomsen, Jonas Binladen, Thomas F. G. Higham, Robert M. Yohe II, Robert Parr, Linda Scott Cummings, Eske Willerslev. DNA from Pre-Clovis Human Coprolites in Oregon, North America. Science (magazine) doi:10.1126/science.1154116