KURT W. ALT
Kurt W. Alt studied physics and dentistry and received his dental degree (DMD) from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. In 1992, he completed his studies in biological anthropology, prehistory and ethnology at the University of Freiburg, Germany (Dr. habil.). Afterwards, he worked as an anthropologist at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Dusseldorf, Germany, and was a lecturer at the Universities of Freiburg and Dusseldorf. From 1999 to 2013 he was been professor of anthropology at the University of Mainz. His main areas of research expertise are in biological anthropology, molecular and isotopes anthropology, dental and forensic anthropology. Molecular Anthropology represents a new branch of research which investigates questions in the fields of both ancient DNA and biochemistry (e.g. stable isotopes, trace elements). aDNA research focuses on sex determination, genetic kinship, population genetics, the evolution of disease and others. Different isotope systems permit the reconstruction of subsistence patterns, diet, famine, mobility and migration. This data is used to trace intra-population diversity, population dynamics and demographic processes fundamental to the understanding of biological and cultural evolution.