Donovan Adams


Dononvan Adams

Academic Interests: Bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, dental anthropology, Bronze Age Near East, biodistance, urbanization, ancestry estimation, fuzzy logic, race science and scientific racism

Status: Ph.D. Candidate

MA Thesis Title: Odontometric Differentiation between Southwest Hispanics, Native Americans, and European Americans

Dissertation Title: Community Development and Culture Negotiation during the Early Bronze Age in Western Anatolia

Previous Degrees: MS (2015) Forensic Anthropology, Boston University School of Medicine; BA, BS (2013) Anthropology, Human Biology, University at Albany, SUNY

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Biography: I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate studying how population density, diversity, and culture contact motivated community identity formation and emerging urbanization in Early Bronze Age Anatolia. I am also involved in research regarding race science and scientific racism - how science is conducted to enforce racial differences and hierarchies and how white nationalist/supremacist individuals and groups use science to perpetuate their ideologies. Additionally, I am exploring how fuzzy logic may be used in bioarchaeological and medicolegal contexts. I have bioarchaeological experience through my involvement with the New York State Museum in Albany, NY as a volunteer bioarchaeology assistant for NAGPRA (2012); as a Project Assistant at the ArchaeoTek field school in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania (2016); and as a part of the Human Remains Lab, working with burial excavations and skeletal analysis at Çatalhöyük (2017).

Adams DM, Ralston CE, Sussman RA, Heim K, Bethard JD. (Accepted). Impact of population-specific dental development on age estimation using dental atlases. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Maier CA and Adams DM. (2018) Technical Note: Standard dimensions and definitions for the human palate. Forensic Anthropol. 1:215-220.

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

Adams DM and George RL. (2018) Fuzzy logic as a novel statistical method for forensic ancestry estimation. Podium presentation at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, Washington.

Scott GR, Schomberg R, Swenson V, Adams D, Pilloud MA. (2016). Northern exposure: Mandibular torus in the Greenlandic Norse and the whole wide world. Am J Phys Anthropol. 161:513-521.

Pokines JT, King RE, Graham DD, Costello AK, Adams DM, Pendray JM, Rao K, Siwek D. (2016). The effects of experimental freeze-thaw cycles to bone as a component of subaerial weathering. J Archaeol Sci: Reports. 6:594-602.

Adams D. 2015. Degree of sexual dimorphism in odontometrics and arcade dimensions in modern American populations. Poster Presentation at the 84th annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St. Louis, Missouri.

Adams D, Pokines J, and Bethard J. 2015. Odontometric differentiation between Southwest Hispanics, Native Americans, and European Americans. Podium Presentation at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Orlando, Florida.