Cassie Skipper

Academic Interests: Human variation, skeletal biology, ancestry estimation, juvenile sex estimation, biodistance, forensic anthropology, and bioarchaeology.
 
Status: PhD Student

MA Thesis Title: Analyzing the Biological Relatedness of Individuals from a Late 1800s Missouri Cemetery.

Previous Degrees:

B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at Tyler, 2011
B.S. in Anthropology from Texas State University, 2013
M.A. in Anthropology from Texas State University, 2015
 
Contact Information: cskipper@nevada.unr.edu
 
Biography:

I am a first year PhD student in the biological anthropology track, and I am interested in both forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. My thesis research included a biodistance analysis of individuals from a historic Missouri cemetery using metric and morphological cranial and dental data. For my dissertation, I hope to expand the available cranial, postcranial, and dental reference sample data for groups of Asian ancestry and investigate the human variation among and between these groups. In my master's program, I studied human decomposition patterns at Texas State University's outdoor decomposition facility and participated in project Operation Identification (OpID), a volunteer human rights effort to identify and repatriate the remains of migrants who died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. In the future, I hope to continue to contribute to OpID in addition to studying the human skeletal variation of Asian ancestry groups. I will also strive to innovate new methods to estimate ancestry in groups with little previous research to advance knowledge and understanding in our field.

Publications, Presentations, or Projects:

Skipper C. 2016. Evaluating Elongated Pubic Bones as a Potential Sexing Method for Juveniles. In progress.
Skipper C, Isaacks M, McClain B, and Wescott D. 2014. A Reassessment of Walker (2008) Cranial Nonmetric Traits on Undocumented Border Crossers in South Texas. In progress.