About Rachael Byrd
My anthropological focus involves bioarchaeology of prehistoric human skeletal remains from the southwest United States and northern Sonora. I earned my B.A. degree in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO in 2007. After working for four years as an Ophthalmic Technician, I decided to pursue my Ph.D. with a major in Archaeology and a minor in Biological Anthropology. My M.A. thesis explored the biological variation of Early Agricultural period (2100 B.C.-A.D. 50) forager-farmer populations from the Sonoran Desert using biodistance methods to infer post-marital residence patterns. My Ph.D. research uses a nuanced approach to understanding differences in biological variation of prehistoric males and females by applying genetic, mechanical, and developmental instability frameworks.
My academic interests also include osteological development and plasticity, heredity, metric analysis, mortuary practices, dental morphology, epigenetics, cultural resource management, and NAGPRA.
I currently work as a Graduate Research Associate in the Bioarchaeology Laboratory in the Arizona State Museum and as a Certified Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) tutor at the Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center for undergraduate students with learning disabilites.