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  • Amy Michael is a biological anthropologist specializing in the investigation of human tooth and bone microstructure in an effort to answer questions about past and modern bodies. Using the principles of skeletal biology, Michael asks questions about health, pathology and age-at-death to better understand people in the past and present. With training in bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology and historical archaeology, Amy has worked on field projects in the United States, Belize and Albania. She is currently a senior staff member on the Central Belize Archaeological Survey project run through Michigan State University (www.anthropology.msu.edu/cbasproject). On this project, Michael’s role is to excavate and interpret a series of mortuary caves and rockshelters in Central Belize with a focus on addressing questions of social identity through the lens of mortuary variability. Michael is currently collaborating with researchers at Idaho State University, Michigan State University and the Ada County Coroner's Office (Boise, ID) on projects related to the examination of human rib microstructure to answer questions about age-at-death estimation in forensic cases, as well as the effects of opioid abuse on the accuracy of age-at-death estimations. Aside from a methods-based approach to forensic anthropology research, Michael is passionate about bringing a social justice perspective to her work on forensic cold cases. Michael spent six years working for the Michigan State University Campus Archaeology Program (campusarch.msu.edu) so she is also interested in historic archaeology and gendered landscapes of the past.
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    Teaching Activities

  • Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA Taught course 2019
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2019
  • Spec Top/Osteology Taught course 2019
  • Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2018
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Anthropology, University of Iowa
  • M.A. Anthropology, Michigan State University
  • Ph.D. Anthropology, Michigan State University
  • Full Name

  • Amy Michael