Elena Sierra-Serrano

PhD Student, Hugo Cardoso and John Albanese (University of Windsor)

Areas of interest

Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Biology of Human Ageing, Human Variation and Diversity


  • Master of Medical Science: Uppsala University, Sweden, 2019
  • Bachelor of Science: Universidad de Granada, Spain, 2017


My research focuses on methods used for the analysis and identification of human skeletal remains. I am particularly interested in adult age estimation, the interplay between biological sex and gender, and how these may relate to a person's identity during forensic investigations as well as archaeological contexts. Specifically, I believe that if these methods become more inclusive and diverse, they would be more informative overall.


A New Protocol for Estimating Adult Skeletal Age Using the Pelvic Bone


Intra-observer Reproducibility of a New Data Collection Methodology for the Estimation of Age at Death Based on the Pelvis of Human Skeletal Remains.


2023  Sierra-Serrano E, Reid S & Albanese J. Exploring the interplay of biological sex and gender in a late Bronze Age tholos tomb and ossuary in the island of Kefalonia, Greece.
51st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Biological Anthropology.

2022  Sierra-Serrano E, Albanese J. Investigating reproducibility of a skeletal age estimation method on two samples with remarkably different demographic profile.
74th Annual Scientific Conference of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

2021  Sierra E, Albanese, J. Examining intra-observer reproducibility of a new data collection protocol for age estimation based on the auricular surface.
90th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.