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Logan Kistler

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Curator of Archaeology, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History

Dr. Logan Kistler is a curator and research scientist in the Anthropology department at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. He uses ancient plant remains and ancient DNA to unravel the histories of the plant species that feed the world. By analyzing the genomes, cultural backdrops, and environmental origins of our most important crops, Kistler teases apart the process of their domestication from wild species and their evolution into the staple foods we rely on today. Kistler received a PhD from Penn State and worked at the University of Warwick as a Natural Environment Research Council research fellow before joining the Smithsonian in 2017.

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