Elena Sierra-Serrano

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

Areas of interest

Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Human Osteology


  • M.Med.Sc.: Uppsala University, Sweden, 2019
  • BSc: Universidad de Granada, Spain, 2017

PhD Research

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

I am broadly interested in methods used for the analysis and identification of human skeletal remains. Particularly, I believe that if these techniques become more inclusive, they will be more robust during forensic investigations.

M.Med.Sc Thesis

Intra-observer reproducibility of a new data collection methodology for the estimation of age at death based on the pelvis of human skeletal remains.

Research Group



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

Sierra-Serrano E, Albanese J. Working towards a non-binary approach to sex estimation in forensic anthropology. 49th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology.

Sierra-Serrano 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.

Conference Presentations:

2020 Sierra E, Albanese J. Intra-observer reproducibility test of age-related features on the auricular surface. Poster presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology. November 4-6.

2019 Sierra E, Albanese J. Intra-observer reproducibility test of 25 features on the pubic symphysis. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology, Banff (Alberta, Canada) October 23-26.