Faculty at UWF participate in and direct a variety of projects related to bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. Students interested in these projects are encouraged to contact the relevant professor for more information about helping out with this research.
Ongoing Forensic Anthropology Research
Dr. Winburn's primary research focus is on skeletal aging and age estimation, investigating the correlation of osteoarthritis with chronological age. Other ongoing research projects study the biocultural signature of human remains utilized in Afro-Cuban religious practices. Dr. Winburn also conducts research into the effects of cognitive bias on forensic anthropological analyses, with the goal of mitigating human error and subjectivity using quality-control measures.
Diversity and Inclusion in Forensic Anthropology
Dr. Winburn organized a symposium on diversity and inclusion in the field of forensic anthropology at a recent meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She is currently guest editing a special issue of the journal Forensic Anthropology based on the successful symposium. Research and review papers from a dynamic team of contributors will tackle a wide variety of topics including: creating student diversity through research and scholarship; increasing ancestral diversity in skeletal collections; critically evaluating gender politics in forensic anthropology; analyzing the discordance between ancestry estimates and social identifiers; and encouraging the use of trans-inclusive language in the forensic sciences. Stay tuned for the Forensic Anthropology special issue on Diversity and Inclusion!
Ongoing Bioarchaeology Research
Dr. Miller Wolf’s primary research focuses on analyzing human skeletal remains from archaeological contexts to answer cultural questions about the past. Her primary interests are in social organization, household archaeology, kinship, migration, mortuary ritual, cultural body modification, and identity. She primarily employs biodistance analysis (cranial and dental morphological and metric data) and isotopic analysis (strontium). Research occurs at ancient Maya sites in Honduras (Copan), Guatemala (Ucanal; Tayasal), and Belize (with the Maya Research Program, Blue Creek) and historical and contact period sites in Guatemala (San Bernabe Mission) and Belize (Belize City). She has also conducted research on various other samples from North America (Late Woodland sites in the Lower Illinois River Valley), Mexico (Aztec), and North Africa (Gobero site).
Selected research can be found here.
Conservation and Bioarchaeology
As a bioarchaeologist and Registered Professional Archaeologist, Dr. Miller Wolf is concerned with the conservation of skeletal samples. She co-organized a symposium on this topic at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeologists and then guest edited a special issue of Advances in Archaeological Practice that was published in the Spring of 2019. The issue covered major themes related to field and laboratory best practices; documentation and conservation methods; examples of large conservation projects from Central America, East Asia, and North America; Honduras, Mongolia, North America; and the ethics of skeletal analysis. It can be found in Issue 7(1), DOI: 10.1017/aap.2018.48