Cassie Skipper

Graduate Student
Cassie Skipper

Summary

Current status: Ph.D. candidate

Ph.D. dissertation title: Skeletal Phenotypic Variation and Modern Human Evolution in Asia

M.A. thesis title: Analyzing the Biological Relatedness of Individuals From a Late 1800s Missouri Cemetery

BOAS officer: Vice President 2020-2021

Cassie Skipper is a Ph.D. candidate in biological anthropology. She received her master’s in anthropology from Texas State University, where she participated in research at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility. Her research focuses on East and Southeast Asian cranial and dental variation related to ancestry and sex. She also aims to understand the evolutionary forces that have impacted Asian metric and morphological traits to gain insight into the population history of this region. She has conducted bioarchaeological fieldwork in Belize and Turkey, including participating in the 2017 field season at Neolithic Çatalhöyük. She will also participate in the Visiting Scientist Program at the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in 2020.

Academic interests

  • Forensic anthropology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Biological distance
  • Human variation
  • Dental anthropology
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • Microevolution and trait variation

Selected publications

  • Skipper, Cassie E., Scott D. Haddow, and Marin A. Pilloud. 2020. Thermal alterations to human remains in Çatalhöyük. Submitted to Near Eastern Archaeology as part of a special edition on Çatalhöyük.
  • Skipper, Cassie E. and Marin A. Pilloud. 2020. Exploring the impact of evolutionary forces on Japanese cranial and dental traits. American Association of Physical Anthropologists: contributed poster presentation.
  • Skipper, Cassie E. and Marin A. Pilloud. 2020. Assessing the accuracy of current ancestry and sex estimation methods on a Japanese sample. American Academy of Forensic Sciences: contributed poster presentation.
  • Skipper, Cassie E., Scott Haddow, and Marin A. Pilloud. 2018. Quantifying the effects of indirect fire exposure to human skeletal remains at Çatalhöyük. American Association of Physical Anthropologists: contributed poster presentation.
  • Perash, Rose L., Laura E. Cirillo, Stephanie J. Cole, Cortney N. Hulse, Michaela J. Schroeder, Cassie E. Skipper, and G. Richard Scott. 2018. Testing the beta version of rASUDAS on extant human populations: Promises and pitfalls. American Association of Physical Anthropologists: contributed poster presentation.
  • Skipper, Cassie E., Marin A. Pilloud, and Laura D. Knight. 2018. Differentiating impact and heat-related skeletal fractures from a small plane crash. American Academy of Forensic Sciences: contributed poster presentation.

Education

  • M.A., anthropology, Texas State University, 2015
  • B.S. anthropology, Texas State University, 2013
  • B.S., biology, University of Texas at Tyler, 2011