Aljasil Chirakkal

External researcher/Doctoral student

I am a doctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo specializing in geoarchaeology discipline under the supervision of Dr. David Keith Wright. I am interested in the reconstruction of past climate and environmental conditions from different geological archives using multiple geochemical proxies. I presently investigate the history of human migration from Africa to Central Asia and what environmental and climatic conditions were present at the time.

My present work focuses on using lipid biomarkers (saturated hydrocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and sterols) in combination with bulk organic parameters and inorganic analyses in soils and sediments to reconstruct past vegetative conditions and past human impacts in Central Asia.

Project: The timing and ecology of the human occupation of Central Asia (THOCA)

Curriculum Vitae

From 2022: Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Oslo

2016–2021: Dual B.Sc./M.Sc. Chemistry with a minor in Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali, India (thesis: Response of natural and anthropogenic impacts on aquatic systems: A case study from Garur Lake, Central Himalaya)

Research focus

  • Anthropology
  • Environmental archaeology
  • Lipid biomarkers
  • Organic and sedimentary geochemistry
  • Stable isotopes in soil and sediments
  • Quaternary geology