Dr. Rose's Students


Alissa BandyAlissa Bandy

Alissa Bandy received her B.A. in anthropology and English literature with honors at the University of New Mexico.  She received her M.Sc. in forensic and biological anthropology with merit from Bournmouth University (UK).  She has attended field school in Campsville, Illinois under the direction of Dr. Buikstra and a field school directed by Prof. Wills at Cañada de Cochiti and El Malpais.  She was chosen for a study abroad program at the University of East London.  Her Ph.D. research at that institution is a synergistic approach combining the archaeological data and the osteological laboratory reports of the South Tombs Cemetery at Amarna to create an imaginative interpretation of life at Akhetaten.


Liz BrandtLiz Brandt

Liz grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pa. and served in the U.S. Army for 21 years in the Military Intelligence field. She graduated summa cum laude (2006) from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC (BA in physical anthropology) and from Texas State University-San Marcos in 2009 (MA in forensic anthropology). She also attended the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) Forensic Science Academy (2009). Liz has many interests including skeletal biology and aging methods, taphonomic processes, comparative faunal morphology, and biorhythyms. Her dissertation research investigates the use of dental tissues for estimating age and establishing a record of life-history events, such as pregnancies, fractures and disease. Liz currently serves as a graduate assistant, teaching undergraduate classes in forensic anthropology and criminalistics.


Heidi DavisHeidi Davis

Heidi Davis is from Merritt Island, Florida. She is currently in the doctoral program at the University of Arkansas, after attending the University of Central Florida and the University of West Florida. Her interests include bioarchaeology, paleopathology, trauma, and activity patterns. Her dissertation research focuses on labor related activity patterns in the South Tombs Cemetery skeletal population at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt. She has had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for introduction to biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, and human osteology courses and has worked with skeletons in the U.S., Italy, and Egypt.




Erika MoreyErika Morey

Erika Morey received a B.A. in Anthropology and B.S. in Zoology from Washington State University and a M.A. in Near Eastern Art and Archaeology (Egyptian Archaeology) from the University of Chicago.  She is currently working on her Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas.  Erika participated in archaeological field school in Pompeii, Italy with the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii led by the University of Bradford (UK) and has done cultural anthropology field work in Cork City, Ireland and Washington State.  She currently teaches Egyptology.


Ashley E. Shidner

Ashley ShidnerAshley Shidner received her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Entomology from the University of Florida in 2006 and received her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of West Florida in 2010.  She is currently working on her Ph.D. and her dissertation research includes a biocultural analysis of growth and development on the South Tomb skeletal population at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt.  Her research interests include bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, growth and development, archaeology of children and childhood, paleopathology, and health and nutrition. 




Nicki Smith

Nicki received her B.A. (2008) in Anthropology with a minor in Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.A. (2010) in Anthropology from Louisiana State University.  She is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in Anthropology at the University of Arkansas.  Nicki is mainly interested in infectious disease prevalence and spread in ancient populations.  She teaches laboratory courses in Human Anatomy, as well as assisting with Human Osteology and Dental Science courses at the University of Arkansas.  Her research areas have involved archaeological sites in the Americas and the Near East, with most recent fieldwork taking place in Panama and Jordan.  Nicki’s dissertation research concerns identifying the presence of malaria on skeletal remains and tracking its epidemic spread through the Near East in antiquity.