Shannon Edsall |

I’m a doctoral student in bioarchaeology with interests in diseased joints, biomechanics, and stress in prehistoric dead people. In 2013, I earned BA degrees in Anthropology and Technical Writing from Auburn University, and in 2017, I earned an MA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama (advisor: Dr. Keith Jacobi). My thesis research examined the reliability of using osteoarthritis and entheseal changes as indicators of occupational stress in Native American remains (using prehistoric samples from the Alabama area). For my dissertation, I will expand my studies of the interactions among joints and their moving parts in response to various types of skeletal stress. In addition to research, I’ve had the privilege of teaching in general anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology classes at the University of Alabama as a GTA and of working on excavations in Alabama, Italy, and Peru.

Lindsay Gilliland |

I graduated with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in History and Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies from Wake Forest University in 2018. During my undergraduate career I worked on Late Woodland settlement sites in the Piedmont, as well as osteological and museum research.  Presently, I am a Master’s student studying bioarchaeology under Dr. Jacobi. My other interests are osteology, pathology, and forensic applications of Physical Anthropology.

Alyxandra Stanco |

I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma in May 2015. During this time, I became interested in human osteology, human skeletal biology, and paleopathology. As an undergraduate student at this university, I was granted several opportunities that would ultimately lead me to pursue graduate degrees in Anthropology. In August of 2013, I became Lab Assistant under the direction of Kent Buehler at the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey in Norman, Oklahoma. My position helped me to develop skills in identifying and analyzing different types of materials including ceramics, lithics, bone, and other organic materials. During this time, I was also interning part time with Dr. Leslie Rankin-Hill working on identifying archaeological remains from the Lake Altus site in southwestern Oklahoma.

In May 2017, I earned my Master of Arts in Anthropology from Louisiana State University. My research focus for my Master’s thesis was human health related to subsistence strategies. My thesis was a comparative analysis of vertebral columns of two prehistoric skeletal populations, an agricultural and a hunter-gatherer, to see whether there were any marked differences in the development of pathologies that would be consistent with transitioning economic lifestyles. During this time, I was also afforded the opportunity to work as a Laboratory Volunteer at the Louisiana State University Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES). My position granted me opportunities to gain experience in building biological profiles associated with the identification of missing and unknown persons in the state of Louisiana.

Currently, I am a doctoral candidate under the mentorship of Dr. Keith Jacobi. My current research interests include human osteology and paleopathology, with emphasis on human health and diet.