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Dr Julia Beaumont

Honorary Visiting Researcher - FOLS

Faculty/Dept/School Faculty of Life Sciences
Emailj.beaumont6@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone +441274 236553

Biography

Julia practiced for 30 years as a dentist and orthodontist before studying an MSc and PhD part time at Bradford. She retired from Dentistry in 2013, taking up a post as an Archaeology and Forensic Sciences lecturer at Bradford. She is currently working as an Honorary staff member on research grants in the Stable Isotope Laboratory and supervising postgraduate students.
Known as the Bradford Tooth Fairy, she continues to look for ways of investigating the mother-infant diet and physiology in the tissues of modern and ancient children.
She has 3 children and a growing number of grandchildren and spends her spare time travelling and keeping fit by running, cycling and walking.

Research

Breastfeeding and weaning: Nutritional stress: Famine: DoHAD.
She has been developing methods to improve the temporal resolution for the study of diet and physiology in the past by measuring the carbon and nitrogen isotopes in collagen from bone and tooth dentine, hair keratin. As a result, she has been examining evidence for breastfeeding and weaning in past populations, and the health and physiology of mothers and infants. She has been working with colleagues at Durham (Dr Janet Montgomery and Dr Geoff Nowell) and Aberdeen (Kevin Mackenzie) Universities to establish the pathways of mineralization in human enamel using micro-CT and micro-milling. Breastfeeding and weaning This topic has evolved from her PhD and collaborations with Don Walker at MoLA and now includes studies of post-Medieval, Anglo-Saxon (with Dr Jo Buckberry in Bradford and Dr Elizabeth Craig-Atkins from the University of Sheffield) and modern children in collaboration with Dr Peter Day (University of Leeds) and Dr Fadil Elamin (Sudan Dental Institute). Nutritional Stress Following publication of papers with Dr Jonny Geber (Otago University) using data from individuals who died during the Great Irish Famine (1845-1852) Julia has identified potential markers for nutritional stress within the tissues formed during the stress. She is collaborating with Dr Barra O’Donnabain and Dr Geber on the project “Trevelyan’s Corn” working with further Irish sites from that period and later. She is also working with Dr Francisca Alves-Cardoso (Lisbon) on material from a Hospital site, and with Dr Rebecca Redfern (MOL) and Dr Sharon DeWitte who are researching mortality risk. She has an on-going collaboration with Dr Colin Smith (LaTrobe University, Melbourne) using the stable isotope ratio measurement of single amino acids. The Tooth-Fairy Project Using modern extracted and exfoliated milk teeth, Julia is investigating the dietary markers which are laid down in teeth before and just after birth. This will allow her to interpret these values in terms of maternal stress during pregnancy and in an infant in the first 1000 days of life. Julia is grateful to the Rank Nutrition Prize for funding for this project, to Ethical Tissue (Bradford), The Born in Bradford project, and the support of Dr Peter Day, Dr George Ellison and Professor Mark Gilthorpe (all at University of Leeds).

Publications

TitleThe monks of San Millán: Investigating the transition between pre-monastic and monastic diet using carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios in incremental dentine. (2023)
Authors Higuero Pliego, Antonio; Beaumont, Julia
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
PublisherElsevier
 
TitleThe early lives of the Islanders: Stable isotope analysis of incremental dentine collagen from the prehispanic period of the Canary Islands. (2023)
AuthorsElías Sánchez-Cañadillas, Julia Beaumont, Jonathan Santana-Cabrera, Marise Gorton, Matilde Arnay-de-la-Rosa
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
PublisherWiley
 
TitleReproductive life histories: can incremental dentine isotope analysis identify pubertal growth, pregnancy and lactation? (2022)
AuthorsFeuillâtre C;Beaumont J;Elamin F;
JournalAnnals of Human Biology
DOI10.1080/03014460.2022.2091795
 
TitleAn isotope signature for diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis? (2022)
AuthorsCastells Navarro, L., Buckberry, J. and Beaumont, J.
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
 
TitleMulti-isotopic study of the earliest medieval inhabitants of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain) (2022)
AuthorsPatxi Pérez-Ramallo1,2,3*, Aurora Grandal-d´Anglade4, Elia Organista5,6, Elena Santos7, David Chivall8, Ricardo Rodríguez-Varela9,10, Anders Götherström9,10, Juan Luis Arsuaga11, Jana Ilgner1,2, Petrus Le Roux12, Tom Higham13, Ricardo Fernandes1,14,15, Julia Beaumont16, Hannah Koon16, Patrick Roberts1,2,17
JournalArchaeological and Anthropological Sciences
PublisherSpringer
 
TitleMethod of Micro-Sampling Human Dentine Collagen for Stable Isotope Analysis. (2022)
AuthorsCurtis MJ;Beaumont J;Elamin F;Wilson AS;Koon HEC;
JournalRapid Communications In Mass Spectrometry
DOI10.1002/rcm.9305
 
TitleReproductive life histories: can incremental dentine isotope analysis identify pubertal growth, pregnancy and lactation? (2022)
AuthorsCorinne Feuillâtre, Julia Beaumont and Fadil Elamin
JournalAnnals of Human Biology
PublisherTaylor and Francis
 
TitleSocial status and diet. Reconstruction of diet of individuals buried in some early medieval chamber graves from Poland by carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes analysis (2021)
AuthorsDariusz Błaszczyk, Julia Beaumont, Andrzej Krzyszowski, Dariusz Poliński, Alicja Drozd-Lipińska, Anna Wrzesińska, Jacek Wrzesiński,
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
PublisherScience Direct
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.103103.
 
TitleChildren of the Abyss: Investigating the association between isotopic physiological stress and skeletal pathology in London during the Industrial Revolution (2021)
AuthorsO'Donoghue, Walker and Beaumont
JournalInternational Journal of Paleopathology
PublisherElsevier
 

TitleCarbon and nitrogen isotope analysis for dietary reconstruction and Carbon and nitrogen incremental dentine analysis (2022)
AuthorsShane Delaney and Eileen Murphy with contributions by J Beaumont, L Cassidy, D Drain, N Gilligan, S Gormley, L Halstead, I Jackson, M Jones, M Le Roy, J Loyer, V Mattiangeli, G McAlister, M McCarthy, C McSparron, E OCarroll, B O’Neill, R O’Reilly, S Scully, P Stevens, J White, L White and T Young
PublisherTransport Infrastructure Ireland