Elizabeth R. Agosto, M.A., ABD

Liz Agosto is a biological anthropology doctoral candidate at The University of Tennessee. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Montana, concentrating on forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology in the Central Plains. Her dissertation work focuses on the co-evolution of anatomical functional complexes, with emphasis on the shoulder girdle. Using a combination of evolutionary and phylogenetic modeling, she is exploring the processes contributing towards the morphological differences among primates.

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Benjamin M. Auerbach, Ph.D.

Benjamin Auerbach is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Adjunct Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at The University of Tennessee. His doctorate is in functional anatomy & evolution. He studies skeletal remains to understand evolutionary processes shaping variation in morphology. In addition to authoring papers, he edited Human Variation in the Americas (2010), co-edited The Foragers of Point Hope (with Dr. Charles Hilton and Dr. Libby Cowgill; 2014), and is coauthoring The Evolutionary Biology of the Human Pelvis (with Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler and Dr. Helen Kurki; 2018). Learn more about Dr. Auerbach at his website.


Angela M. Mallard, M.A.

Angela Mallard is a biological anthropology Ph.D. student at The University of Tennessee. She earned her M.A. in Anthropology from the Human Skeletal Biology program at New York University, focusing on dental anthropology and biological distance in archaeological populations. She also has a B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of Arizona, where she performed research in zooarchaeology. Her research considers the methods anthropologists use to evaluate gene flow between ancient human populations, particularly with morphometrics. In addition to her research, Angela has spent several years teaching human evolution at the high school and college levels.


Kristen R.R. Savell, M.A., ABD

Kristen Savell is a biological anthropology Ph.D. candidate at The University of Tennessee. She received her M.A. in Anthropology from North Carolina State University and her B.A. in Religious Studies from Elon University. Her research has been focused on the evolution of human body proportions, and especially in the development of a multivariate evolutionary model of ecogeographic variation. Kristen is also interested in incorporating anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical information with more traditional skeletal data to further develop a nuanced understanding of human evolution.


Samuel J. Williams, B.S.

Samuel Williams is a biological anthropology Ph.D. student at The University of Tennessee. He graduated with a BS in Biological Anthropology from the University of California-Davis with a focus on the paleoanthropology of the Late Pleistocene. His dissertation work focuses on detecting how natural selection shapes closely related species. Taking advantage of recent developments in phylogenetic modeling, multivariate statistics, and genomics, Samuel is developing a model-bound framework of how phenotypic variation arises in non-human primates in the genus Macaca.