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Dr Malcolm T. Smith

Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

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Current patterns of human evolution, inferred from genetic studies of contemporary British populations and predicted from historical demography, historical genetics, inbreeding, migration and distrubtion of surnames.

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Current patterns of human evolution, inferred from genetic studies of contemporary British populations and predicted from historical demography
  • Historical genetics, inbreeding
  • Migration and the distribution of surnames

Selected Publications

Edited book

  • Smith, M.T. (2002). Human Biology and History. London: Taylor and Francis.
  • Panter-Brick, C. & Smith, M.T. (2000). Abandoned Children. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in book

  • MacRaild, D.M. & Smith, M.T. (2012). Emigration and Migration, 1600-1945. In Ulster Since 1600: Politics, Economy and Society. Kennedy, L. & Ollerenshaw, P. Oxford University Press. 140-159.
  • Smith, M.T. & McRaild, D.M. (2010). The origins of the Irish in Northern England: an isonymic analysis of data from the 1881 census. In Irish Identities in Victorian Britain. Swift, R. & Gilley, S. Routledge.
  • Smith, M.T. (2003). Archival research in physical anthropology. In Human Biologists in the Archives. Herring, A. & Swedlund, A. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 311-335.
  • Smith, M.T. (2002). Human Biology and History: the scope and scale of interaction. In Human Biology and History. Smith, M.T. London: Taylor and Francis. 1-10.
  • Smith, M.T. (2002). Isonymy analysis: the potential for application of quantitative analysis of surname distributions to problems in historical research. In Human Biology and History. Smith, M.T. London: Taylor & Francis. Society for the Study of Human Biology 42: 112-133.
  • Smith, M.T. (2002). The inference of genetic structure and the micro-evolutionary process from the distribution and changing pattern of surnames. In Naming, Society and Regional Identity. Postles, D. Oxford: Leopard Head's Press. 25-45.
  • Smith, M.T. (2000). Modelling the economic and human costs of foundling care in the Azores, Portugal. In Abandoned Children. Panter-Brick, C. & Smith, M.T. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 57-69.
  • Smith, M.T. (2000). The potential of historical demography. In The Archaeology of the Mediterranean Landscape, 1. Reconstructing Past Population Trends in Mediterranean Europe (3000 BC-AD 1800). Bintliff, J. & Sbonias, K. Oxford: Oxbow Books. 145-152.
  • Smith, M.T. (1998). Genetic Adaptation. In Human Adaptation. Harrison, G.A. & Morphy, H. Oxford: Berg. 1-54.

Journal Article

  • Day, C. & Smith, M.T. (2013). Cousin marriage in south-western England in the 19th century. Journal of Biosocial Science 45(3): 405-414.
  • Burnett, J.A,, Hughes, K., MacRaild, D.M. & Smith, M.T. (2012). Scottish migrants in the northern ‘Irish Sea industrial zone’. Northern History 49(1): 75.
  • Solar, P. & Smith, M.T. (2009). Background migration: the Irish (and other strangers) in mid-Victorian Hertfortshire. Local Population Studies 82: 44-62.
  • Smith, MT & MacRaild, DM (2009). Nineteenth-century population structure of Ireland and of the Irish in England and Wales: An analysis by isonymy. American Journal of Human Biology 21(3): 283-289.
  • Smith, MT & MacRaild, DM (2009). Paddy and Biddy no more: an evolutionary analysis of the decline in Irish Catholic forenames among descendants of 19th century Irish migrants to Britain. Annals of Human Biology 36(5): 595-608.
  • Smith, M.T. & MacRaild, D.M. (2009). The Irish in the mining industry in England and Wales: Evidence from the 1881 census. Irish Economic and Social History 36(1): 37-62.
  • Smith, MT & MacRaild, DM (2009). The origins of the Irish in Northern England: an isonymic analysis of data from the 1881 census. Immigrants and Minorities 27(2-3): 152-177.
  • Smith, M.T. & Fletcher-Jones, L.J. (2003). ‘Thus the Colliers and their wives’ migration, mate choice and population structure of some County Durham parishes in the mid-nineteenth century. Annals of Human Biology 30(6): 678-692.
  • Smith, M.T. (2003). The demography of coastal communities. Local Population Studies 70(Spring): 63-65.
  • Smith, M.T. & Bittles, A.H. (2002). Genetic structure of the Ards Peninsula, Northern Ireland: Evidence from civil registers of marriage 1840-1911. Human Biology 74(4): 507-524.
  • Hampshire, K. R. & Smith, M. T. (2001). Consanguineous marriage among the Fulani. Human Biology 73(4): 597-603.
  • Smith, M. T. (2001). Estimates of cousin marriage and mean inbreeding in the United Kingdom from 'birth briefs'. Journal of biosocial science 33(1): 55-66.
  • Lima, M., Smith, M.T., Silva, C., Abade, A., Mayer, F.M. & Coutinho, P. (2001). Natural selection at the MJD locus: Phenotypic diversity, survival and fertility among Machado-Joseph Disease patients from the Azores. Journal of Biosocial Science 33(3): 361-373.
  • Smith, M.T. (1998). Genetic variation and Celtic Population History. Cornish Studies 6: 7-22.

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  • Human biology and development: evolution
  • Human biology and development: human genetics
  • People: Evolution and Biology: evolution
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