Becca George

Rebecca George

Academic Interests: Forensic anthropology, dental anthropology, bioarchaeology

Status: PhD Candidate

MA Thesis Title: Non-Metric and Metric Dental Assessment of Ancestry in Contemporary Mexican Individuals: An Aid to Identifying Undocumented Border Crossers

Previous Degrees: MA (2015), California State University, Chico; BA (2012), University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Biography: Becca is a fifth year PhD student in physical anthropology. She has forensic recovery and processing experiences from both of her previous education institutions, as well as bioarchaeology experience from both of her previous education institutions, as well as bioarchaeology experience from work with a CRM company in northern California. Her MA thesis work examined the potential to apply dental non-metrics and metrics to the identification process of migrants at the U.S.-Mexican border. Becca has continued to research this topic through her dissertation work. She is exploring the population history of modern Latinos through dental morphology and metric techniques with the hopes of creating formulae that can be applied in forensic anthropological settings to aid in ancestry estimations. She is the president of BOASgrad for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Publications and Presentations:

Pilloud MA, Swenson VM, George RL, Knight LD. A case report and review of the literature on decapitation. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology.

George RL and Pilloud MA. Ancestry estimation in Asian and Asian-derived populations using dental morphology. Forensic Anthropology 2 (4): 1-6.

Williams FL, George RL, Polet C. 2018. Dental morphology of deciduous molars from late Neolithic caves of the Meuse River Basin of Belgium. Dental Anthropology 31 (2): 18-26.

Williams FL, George RL, de Lumley MA, and Becam G. 2017. Expression of nonmetric dental traits in Western European Neanderthals. Dental Anthropology 30 (1): 3-15.

Pilloud MA, Edgar HJH, George R, Scott GR. 2016. Dental morphology in biodistance analysis. In Biological Distance Analysis: Forensic and Bioarchaeological Perspectives. Pilloud MA and Hefner JT, eds. Elsevier, Inc.: London. Pp 109-133.

George RL and Scott GR. 2019. Exploring the life history of modern Latinos through dental morphology. Presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists 88th Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH.

Maier C and George RL. 2019. Examining differences in presumed migrants from Texas and Arizona using cranial and dental data. Presented at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 71st Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Adams DM, George RL, and Pilloud MA. 2018. Fuzzy logic as an approach for assessing population relatedness and phenotypic variation. Presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists 87th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.

-Co-winner of the 2018 Albert A. Dahlberg Prize awarded by the Dental Anthropology Association for this paper with Donovan M. Adams

A member of the 2018-2019 Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship cohort