Kelly Heim

Chris Maier and Kelly Heim

Academic Interests: Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Dental Anthropology, Dental Development, Age of Estimation

Status: Ph.D. candidate

MA Thesis Title: Secular Change in the Rate of Dental Impaction

BA Thesis Title: Dental Genetic Traits of Selected Maya Burials from Wild Cane Cay and Moho Cay, Belize

Previous Degrees: MA Anthropology (2013), Louisiana State University; BA Anthropology (2011), Louisiana State University

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Biography: Kelly is a fifth year Ph.D. student with a love of teeth! Generally, her interests lie in the field of forensic anthropology. While getting her master's degree at LSU, she worked in the Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Lab under Ms. Mary Manhein, which fueled her passion to continue pursuing forensic anthropology as a career. She also loves teaching and has been honored to teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Introduction to Physical Anthropology during her time at UNR.

Kelly's current academic interests are still focused in teeth. For her dissertation, she is creating a new subadult age estimation method from dental development to be used in the US. Current methods are either based on foreign populations or are outdated, so this method will be more applicable to the forensic context.

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Pilloud, MA and Heim K. In press. Dental Development. In: Lopez Varela SL, editor. The SAS Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

Scott, GR, Schmitz K. Heim KN, Paul KS, Schomberg R, Pilloud MA. In press. Sinodonty, Sundadonty, and the Beringian Standstill Model: Issues of timing and migrations into the New World. Quaternary International: 1-14.

Heim, Kelly, Christopher Maier, Marin A. Pilloud, G. Richard Scott. 2016. Crossroads of the Old World: Dental Morphological Data and the Evidence for a Eurasian Cline. In: Marin A. Pilloud and Joseph T. Hefner, editors, Forensic and Bioarchaeological Perspectives on Biological Distance. San Diego, California: Academic Press, pp 391-410.

Scott, G. Richard, Christopher Maier, Kelly Heim. 2016. Identifying and Recording Key Morphological (Nonmetric) Crown and Root Traits. In: Joel D. Irish and G. Richard Scott, editors, A Companion to Dental Anthropology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, pp 247-264.


Heim, K (presenting author), Pilloud MA. 2017. The role of third molar impactions on dental development and age estimation in males. Presented to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 69th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February 13-18: podium presentation.

Heim, K (presenting author), Christopher Maier, G. Richard Scott, Marin A. Pilloud. 2015. Betwixt and Between: Central Asians and the Eurodont-Sinodont Dental Complexes. 84th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St. Louis, Missouri, March 25-29: poster presentation.

Scott, G. Richard, Roman Schomberg, Christopher Maier, Kelly Heim, Phillip M. Everson. 2014. The Dental Morphology of Yupik-speaking Eskimos in a Broader Arctic and New World Context. 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Calgary, Alberta, April 8-12: poster presentation.