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Dr. Amy Michael


Amy is a biological anthropologist who received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State University (2016). Currently, she works at the University of New Hampshire where she teaches courses in forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, cold cases, human osteology, and general biological anthropology. As a trained archaeologist, Amy has worked on field projects in the United States, Albania, and Belize. She has trained law enforcement and the FBI in search and recovery methods, including creating and executing workshops on clandestine burial identification and recovery. Aside from a methods-based approach to biological anthropology research, Amy is passionate about bringing a social justice perspective to her work on forensic cold cases. To date, Amy has worked on over 40 forensic cases with law enforcement around the country.

Current research projects in bioarchaeology, forensic taphonomy, and identification: 

  • Bioarchaeological investigation of burials from Caesarea Maritima site
  • Investigation of sella turcica bridge in forensic positive identification
  • Analysis of bone microstructure post-digestive processing by coyotes
  • Exploration of sex estimation methods and novel approaches to understanding transgender and gender variant decedents
  • Effects of common household corrosives on human dentition and forensic  identification


Amy can be reached via email.

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