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Areas of Interest

Bioarchaeology, taphonomy, skeletal indicators of health and stress, forensic anthropology, stable isotope analysis


2015    B.S. in Anthropology with Honors, Central Michigan University

2018    M.S. in Anthropology, Concentration in Forensic and Biological Anthropology, Mercyhurst University

Professional Background

I am a biological anthropologist interested in skeletal health and migration of human populations. Prior to coming to the University of North Carolina, I received my B.S. in Anthropology with Honors from Central Michigan University. During my undergraduate career, I interned with two National Museums (those of Ireland and Costa Rica), working with artifacts and human remains from a variety of contexts.

In 2018, I graduated from Mercyhurst University with my M.S. in Anthropology (concentration in Forensic and Biological Anthropology). My master’s thesis examined the correlation between traits of the pelvis and age-at-death estimates. Following graduation, I was hired at Mercyhurst as an instructor for the 2018-2019 academic year, where I taught undergraduate courses in the Applied Forensic Sciences and Anthropology/Archaeology curricula. I also oversaw curation of the Donated Human and Zooarchaeological Collections at Mercyhurst and acted as the Body Donation Program Coordinator. To date, I have assisted with over 70 forensic cases involving the recovery and laboratory analysis of human remains from forensic scenes across the northeastern United States and Puerto Rico. Additionally, I have spent the last three field seasons excavating and analyzing remains from archaeological sites in the Basque Country (northern Spain).


Ost AM, Dunn RR, Dirkmaat DC. Forthcoming. What forensic taphonomy can do for you: a case study in rural Pennsylvania. In: Garvin H, Langley N, editors. Case studies in forensic anthropology: bonified skeletons. Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Recent Presentations

Ost AM. 2018. Age-at-death estimation from the auricular surface of the ilium: a comparison of two methods. Presented at the 71st annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Baltimore, MD.

Ost AM, Dunn RR. 2017. Recovery protocols for taphonomic interpretations. Presented at the 7th annual Forests, Lakes, and Grasslands (FLAG) conference, Higgins Lake, MI.