Kelly R Kamnikar

Kelly R Kamnikar
University of New Mexico | UNM · Department of Anthropology

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Kelly R Kamnikar is postdoctoral researcher at the University of New Mexico. She is interested in forensic anthropology, ancestry estimation, age estimation, human rights, and human variation.
Additional affiliations
August 2016 - May 2020
Michigan State University
Position
  • Graduate Assistant
August 2012 - June 2015
Mississippi State University
Position
  • Graduate Assistant
October 2010 - February 2012
International Committee of the Red Cross
Position
  • Trainee
Education
August 2016 - June 2022
Michigan State University
Field of study
  • Biological Anthropology
August 2012 - May 2016
Mississippi State University
Field of study
  • Applied Anthropology (Bioarchaeology)
August 2003 - August 2008
University of North Dakota
Field of study
  • Forensic Science

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Publications (18)
Thesis
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The scientific identification of unknown human skeletal remains in forensic contexts relies heavily on the estimation of demographic parameters (i.e., sex, age, stature, and population affinity). Population affinity, or the likelihood of group relatedness to a defined population of a decedent, can be estimated using measurements and observations fr...
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Mediante el análisis de rasgos no métricos, la ancestría se puede estimar a partir de restos completos o fragmentados. El método mas utilizado, que se ajusta a las guías de los estándares probatorios, aplica a datos de rasgos macromorfoscópicos (MMS). Estos rasgos se han usado para investigar grupos ancestrales, y se pueden usar para reducir la reg...
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Las estimaciones de ancestría suelen basarse en mediciones del cráneo. Los modelos más comunes usan agrupaciones discretas que abarcan poblaciones muy diversas como, por ejemplo, “hispano.” Esta investigación se suma a otras recientes que desafían estas categorías mediante análisis de ancestría más detallados. Examinamos la información craneométric...
Poster
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This presentation will impact the forensic science community by quantifying the impact of sex and population affinity on age estimation following the Moorrees and colleagues method of dental development within the statistical framework of TA.1 This framework attempts to estimate age based on a multitude of skeletal features, which allow for age est...
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Population affinity estimation is frequently assessed from measurements of the cranium. Traditional models place individuals into discrete groups―such as Hispanic―that often encompass very diverse populations. Current research, including this study, challenges these assumptions using more refined population affinity estimation analyses. We examine...
Presentation
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Forensic anthropologists assist law enforcement agencies and medical examiner's offices with investigations involving human remains, providing insight into trauma analysis, the establishment of postmortem interval, and the estimation of biological profile data. Ancestry is considered one of the more difficult aspects of the biological profile, due...
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Bioarchaeologists and paleopathologists have recently turned their attention towards one critical aspect of the study of the history of disease: health‐related caregiving. In response, an approach, the Bioarchaeology of Care (BoC), and within it, the web‐based Index of Care (IoC), have been developed to enable the identification and interpretation...
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Dental development is one of the most widely utilized and accurate methods available for estimating age in subadult skeletal remains. The timing of tooth growth and development is regulated by genetics and less affected by external factors, allowing reliable estimates of chronological age. Traditional methodology focuses on comparing tooth developm...
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As part of a much larger investigation into the use of macromorphoscopic trait data by forensic anthropologists to estimate ancestry from unidentified skeletal remains, we conducted a fourteen-year (2002-2016) intraobserver error study. Motivated by the development of a large macromorphoscopic database-which will potentially utilize data collected...
Conference Paper
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As one part of a much larger investigation into the macromorphoscopic traits used in the estimation of ancestry from skeletal remains, we conducted a fourteen year (2002 to 2016) intra-observer error study. Motivated by the development of a large macromorphoscopic database, which could potentially utilize data collected in 2002, quantification of t...
Poster
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Age estimation, a component of the biological profile, contributes significantly to the creation of a post- mortem profile of an unknown set of human remains, which can aid forensic professionals in linking remains to a missing person’s profile. The goal of this study is twofold: (1) to introduce a new juvenile age estimation technique using CVT; a...
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Bioarchaeology is fraught with profound ethical quandaries, yet it has lagged behind the larger discipline of anthropology in the development of ethical principles and a professional code of ethics. Here, we propose an additional ethical justification for bioarchaeology based on relational ethics, theoretical work on embodiment, and the produced an...

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Mass graves related to Soviet-Era Terror (1937-1938) have been located in Batumi, Georgia Dr. Meri Gonashvili, a forensic anthropologist from Tbilisi and president of the Georgian Association of Forensic Anthropology (GAFA), is in the process of documenting the remains. The current project aims to 1) develop an analytical protocol and document previously excavated remains; 2) perform a site review and excavate a fifth mass grave; 3) re-sample the remains for DNA analysis; and 4) assist with proper burial of the remains. The main goal of the project is to provide a proper and dignified burial in a neutral space for all individuals. An additional goal is to collect contextual and physical data from the skeletons and associated artifacts to clarify the historical record and serve as a reference for future identification efforts. Information from the graves and human remains represents the only physical evidence to date for mass executions of Christian and Muslim Georgians during the Soviet Repressions and will serve to support historical documentation of the period.
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The goal of this NIJ-funded (NIJ 2018-DU-BX-0182) research is to provide forensic anthropologists with an accurate age estimation method based on a large, demographically diverse, modern subadult sample that accurately captures variation in the dental developmental process. This research will improve best practice for estimating subadult age-at-death in forensic casework via the application of transition analysis to a complete or incomplete suite of dentition.
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This project aims to assist biological anthropologists when collecting cranial landmark data using the program 3Skull. We have created a public website with three 3D models, diagrams, and compiled original references for cranial landmark definitions.