student projects

Students have conducted many interesting projects in biological anthropology including senior capstone projects, internships, independent study projects and outside field experiences. These students have presented their work to the department during their senior seminar presentations, to the college community at the spring symposium and nationally at professional meetings.

Recent student projects:


  • Rita Austin '14
    • 2014 Senior Seminar project entitled, "The sum of their parts: assessing drifting and double-zonal osteons within Medieval Kulubnarti" presented at FLC Spring Symposium and 2015 AAPA Meeting co-authored with Dr. Mulhern; recipient of First Place Poster Presentaion of Graduate Research in Social Sciences at the University of Oklahoma
    • 2013 Anthropology Internship assisting with skeletal documentation of the Ignacio Cemetery
    • 2013 Poster at Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Knoxville, TN, entitled, "Whet your apatite: a dietary reconstruction using stable carbon isotopes from human tooth enamel at Tell Dothan (coauthors: J Friedman, L Gregorika, J Ullnger, SG Sheridan.
    • 2012 Fellowship: National Science Foundation Research Experience for
    • Undergraduates at Notre Dame University
  • Madeline Smith '14
    • 2014 Senior Seminar project entitled, "Cranial nonmetric variation and estimating ancestry in regards to modern Caucasian remains" with skeletal data collected at the Maxwell Museum in Albuquerque, NM
  • Michelle Phair '14
    • 2014 Senior Seminar project entitled, "The forgotten cemetery: a cultural landscape analysis of a late-contact cemetery in Ignacio, CO"
  • Chris Greubel '14
    • 2014 Senior Seminar project entitled, "Tracing patterns of Neanderthal and modern human interactions: problems and potential evidence"
  • Gabe Doelger
    • 2015 Anthropology Internship documenting human remains for the Animas Historical Museum
    • 2014 Anthropology Internship assisting with research on historical artifacts associated with the Ignacio Cemetery.
    • 2013 Anthropology Independent Study to research the biological features and cultural context of a decorated skull; poster presented at the FLC Spring Symposium entitled, "Unlocking the mystery: hearing the whispers of the mystic Tantric skull"
  • Nadia Neff '13
    • 2013 Bioarchaeology Field School in Drawsko, Poland
    • 2013 Senior Seminar project entitled, "Sexual dimorphism of the talus and calcaneus: estimation of sex" with skeletal data collected at the Maxwell Museum in Albuquerque, NM.
  • Joseph Stokes '13
    • 2012 field school at PIARA (Proyecto de Investigacion Arqueologico Regional Ancash) in Peru.
    • 2013 Senior Seminar project entitled, "Musculoskeletal interpretation of labor induced stress on ancient Andean populations from Hualcayan, Peru
    • 2014 Poster at Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, entitled, "Musculoskeletal interpretations of labor induced stress on ancient Andean populations from Hualcayan, Peru"  (co authors SK Becker, JL Lesnik and RE Bria). Skeletal data collected in Peru during the summer of 2013 at PIARA.
  • Rachel Rogers '13
    • 2013 Senior Seminar project entitled, "Tuberculosis and the historic American west"
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