Luisa Marinho (PhD candidate)

My research interests lie generally in the areas of human bone biology and biomechanics, and more specifically in the study of bone response to injury. My academic research has had a focus on blunt force trauma analysis and I am currently exploring the relationship between blunt trauma and taphonomical changes occurring in the immature bone. See my profile on ResearchGate.

Laure Spake (PhD candidate and FROST Lab manager)

My research interests revolve around untangling the factors responsible for variation in childhood growth and development. Other topics at the core of my research include social inequality and method development. I also completed my MA at SFU where I worked on "Selecting an appropriate reference sample for juvenile age estimation methods in a medico-legal context". See my profile on ResearchGate.

Julia Meyers (PhD candidate)

My research interests include modern human phenotypic plasticity and adaptation, childhood growth and development, and the effects of early life stress on bone growth. See my profile on ResearchGate

Katherine Nichols (PhD candidate, SAR Program)

My research interests focus on forensic search and recovery methods. For my doctoral research, I will investigate unmarked graves at the Brandon Indian Residential School in Manitoba in collaboration with Indigenous communities and provincial agencies.

Ellie Gooderham (PhD candidate)

My research interests include childhood growth and development, population health, and paleopathology. I am interested in applying these methods to study marginalized peoples, including children and others who are missing from the historical record. See my profile on ResearchGate and Academia.edu.

Marianna Cervantes (PhD candidate)

My broad interest is in methods for use in recovery, analysis and identification of human skeletal remains, particularly in a forensic context. I also have an interest in questions surrounding taphonomy, variation, trauma analysis, and pathological conditions in adult and juvenile skeletal remains. 

 

Derek O'Neill (HRM MA candidate)

 

 

Alumni

Harman Nahal (MA Archaeology - 2019)

I completed my MA thesis focusing on "Assessing the Impact of High versus Low Velocity Thoracic Trauma: A Study of Experimental Rib Fracturing using Juvenile Pigs (Sus scrofa)".

Shera Fisk (MA Archaeology - 2018)

I completed my MA thesis focusing on "The Differential Degradation of Immature and Mature Bone in Diverse Environments: A Controlled Experiment Using Pig (Sus scrofa) Skeletal Remains". See my profile on ResearchGate or Academia.edu.

 

Ellie Gooderham (MA Archaeology - 2018)

I completed my MA thesis focusing on "Growth as an Indicator of Social and Economic Transition from the Islamic to Late Medieval Christian Period in Portugal: a comparative study of linear and appositional growth". After completion of my MA dissertion I continued to be graduate a student in the Department of Archaeology once I was accepted in the PhD program in 2018.  

 

Madeleine Lamer (BA Archaeology Hons - 2018)

My research interests include juvenile growth and development, as well as metabolic bone diseases. I completed my undergraduate honours thesis focusing on "Testing Methods for Juvenile Sex Estimation Using Long Bone Metaphysis and Diaphysis Measurements". This research is important in both forensic and archaeological contexts, as there are currently no accepted and reliable methods for juvenile sex estimation.

Greer Vanderbyl (BA Archaeology Hons - 2017)

I completed my undergraduate honours thesis focusing on "Structural violence, and the composition of cemetery-based skeletal reference collections: Implications for the study of social inequality and bioarchaeological interpretations of cemetery samples". I'm originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, and plan on pursuing graduate degrees in physical and forensic anthropology with the goal of eventually returning to work and live in northern Canada.

Jennifer Halliday (BA Archaeology Hons - 2016)

I completed my undergraduate honours thesis focusing on "Assessing Age Related Changes in the Strength of Relationship for Dental, Skeletal, and Chronological Age using Bivariate Correlations". I am currently a MA student in criminology at the University of Windsor focusing on exploring the effects of trauma on juvenile skeletons. My primary interests are skeletal pathology, forensic anthropology, genocide and human rights abuses.

Laure Spake (MA Archaeology - 2016)

I completed my MA thesis focusing on "Selecting an appropriate reference sample for juvenile age estimation methods in a forensic context". After completion of my MA dissertion I continued to be graduate a student in the Department of Archaeology once I was accepted in the PhD program in 2016.  

John Vandergugten (BA Archaeology Hons - 2015)

I completed my undergraduate honours thesis focusing on "Long Bone Metaphyseal and Epiphyseal Growth for Age Estimation in Immature Human Skeletal Remains Using Historic Burial Collections from Portugal and England". Now at the University of Toronto for a MSc, I focus on early modern human adaptation to environments in southern Africa throughout climatic change. My research interests center on clarifying relationships between humans, animals, and environments.

Maddy McCuaig (BA Archaeology Hons - 2015)

I completed my undergraduate honours thesis focusing on "Cranial Growth as an Indicator of Age in Juvenile Skeletal Remains"

Lisa Simon (MA Archaeology - 2015)

I completed my MA thesis focusing on "Testing Gerasimov’s Two-Tangent Nose Projection Prediction Method in Facial Approximations of Children". I currently work as the program assistant to the Deputy Chief Coroner of BC, and my current interests include forensic art, decomposition in extreme environments, and the effect of drug abuse and disease on the human skeleton.

Paige Tuttosi (BA Archaeology Hons - 2014)

I completed my undergraduate honours thesis focusing on "An Assessment of Sexual Dimorphism and Sex Estimation using Cervical Dental Measurements in a Northwest Coast population"