I am a bioarchaeologist and forensic anthropologist. After earning my Ph.D. at the University of Florida in 2013, I became an assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I am a Fellow in the Anthropology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a board certified Mediocolegal Death Investigator.
My research interests include bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. My primary research is on the correlations between biological and cultural variation in the Southeastern United States; my initial focus was on Florida and now I am expanding my research focus along the Gulf Coast. Additional research interests include osteometric analysis, trauma analysis, human identification, non-human osteology and trauma, historic/bioarchaeological research, NAGPRA, and Cuban fishing ranchos.
In the past, I have worked as a Death Investigator with a Medical Examiner’s Office in Florida and as an Archaeological Technician with two Florida CRM firms and the National Park Service. In addition, I have consulted with several museums and tribes on NAGPRA related issues.