Caitlin McPherson

About Caitlin McPherson

I’m a PhD candidate in biological anthropology, with a concentration in bioarchaeology. I received my BA in anthropology from George Mason University in 2010 and my MA in anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2017. My research interests include developmental plasticity, juvenile osteology, the physiology of anemia, and scientific illustration. I’ve conducted archaeological fieldwork in Sonora and Puebla, Mexico, and ethnographic research at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, AZ. My dissertation research addresses the question “How do early life exposures to stress influence growth and health?” through a deep-time perspective, using bioarchaeological methods of examining stress in the human skeletal system and an interpretive framework based on the concept of sensitive developmental windows (SDW). This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant Program, under Proposal #2018997 “Identifying Plastic Responses in Human Skeletal Tissues through a Sensitive Developmental Windows Framework”. Prior to joining the department, I worked for the FBI’s Criminal Division and interned for the Laboratory Division (but can’t/won’t tell you anything about the whereabouts of D.B. Cooper).