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Affiliate Researcher in Anatomy, University of Otago

Monica Tromp is a microbioarchaeologist who specializes in plant micro particle analysis. Most of her work has focused on the extraction and identification of starch granules and phytoliths from dental calculus and sediments in the Pacific.

Currently, her main interests include:

– The role of plants throughout human migration into and the settlement of the Pacific region
– Arboriculture in Southeast Asia, Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific region
– Method development for extraction of multiple data sets from dental calculus
– Using ancient dental calculus to examine the health and migration of humans
– Exploring environmental and dietary markers found in dental calculus


  • 2016–present
    Associate research scientist, University of Otago
  • 2016–2018
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History


  • 2017 
    University of Otago, PhD
  • 2012 
    Idaho State University, MS
  • 2010 
    Idaho State University, BA