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Forensic Anthropology Research Areas

Focus is on skeletal analysis, human identification, trauma, and evidence recovery. Recent research has focused on the biomechanics of pediatric skull fracture, as well as methodological testing and validation studies. In addition, faculty and students have participated in a variety of bioarchaeological projects around the world, including excavation and skeletal collection from Albanian sites in Butrint, Kamenica, and Rembec.

Students interested in forensic anthropology should apply directly to the Anthropology PhD program after reviewing information HERE).

Alessandria Labriola: Received her BS in Anthropology from University of California Los Angeles (2014). Her research interests include modern human morphological variation, functional morphology, biomechanics, and trauma analysis.
Valerie Leah: Received her BS in Anthropology from Michigan State University (2013). Her research involves analyzing patterns and prevalence of trauma in a sample of Medieval Christian Sudanese Nubian adult skeletal remains. This skeletal collection is on loan to Michigan State University from the British Museum in London, England.
Maureen Moffit: Received her BA in Anthropology and BS in Biology at University of Hawaii at Manoa (2012). Her research interests include skeletal trauma, taphonomy, and human identification.
Jason St. John: Received his BS in Biomedical Science from Grand Valley State University (2008) and his MA in Bioethics, Humanities and Society from Michigan State University (2011). His research centers on analyzing patterns and prevalence of degenerative joint changes in a sample of medieval Christian period Nubian skeletal remains from the Mis Island Nubian Bioarchaeological Collection, on loan to Michigan State University from the British Museum.
Elena Watson: Received her BA in Biology and Anthropology at from Lawrence University (2015).