Department of Anthropology
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C2
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, McMaster University. My area of interest within biological anthropology is child health and nutrition and environmental health as it pertains to urban ecosystems. My research perspectives are grounded in biocultural and political-economic approaches. My main geographic areas of focus are South Asia and Canada. One of my current research interests is dietary change and health among immigrants to Canada. I have recently conducted a CIHR-funded planning project investigating dietary change and food insecurity among newcomers to Hamilton, Ontario. I have also investigated topics such as: child obesity, infant vitamin D supplementation and growth and development among infants and children.
Department of Anthropology
Chester New Hall, Room 536
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L8
Student Representative (2021-2022)
Newsletter Editor (2020-2023)
I have a PhD in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University (2020) with a focus on bone trauma, bone biomechanics and postmortem changes to bone properties. I also have casework experience as a forensic anthropologist, having consulted for the BC (Canada) Coroner's Services among others. My academic and professional experience has been built across borders (Portugal, Canada and Spain) and across contexts, researching modern cemetery human skeletonized remains, working in forensic anthropology routine cases, and consulting in cases related to enforced disappearances from the Spanish civil war and post-war period. My purpose and motivation is to put my expertise in human identification into practice to find, recover and identify the missing across the globe. With expertise in trauma analysis and bone biomechanics, I also work to find under what circumstances the missing died, in hopes of bringing justice and closure to their families.
Communications Representative (2021-2024)
I was born in Moncton, New Brunswick. I graduated with BSc in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal and then moved to London, UK to continue my studies. I have a MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science from University College London, and a PhD in Bioarchaeology from Bournemouth University. I now live in Ottawa, ON and work as the Casualty Identification Coordinator for the Canadian Armed Forces. I recently completed a Yoga Teacher Training and am obsessed with being on my paddleboard as much as possible. I aim to bring a francophone perspective to the table and encourage that all communications be in both official languages.