I received my Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 2016, whose research consisted in determining if body size influenced the bone degeneration rate at the pelvic joints. I am a research associate in CIAS - Research Centre for Anthropology and Health and CEFCentre for Functional Ecology - Group of Paleoecology and Forensic Sciences, University of Coimbra. Currently, I am part of the fiscal board for GEEvH – Group of Studies in Human Evolution, the bioanthropological editor of Show Us Your Research!, and Assistant Editor, Web Links for the Paleopathology Association Newsletter.

In the Ph.D. I was supervised by Dr. Pia Nystrom, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain and Dr. Eugénia Cunha. I have a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology (2008), from the New University of Lisbon; and a Masters degree in Evolution and  Human Biology (2010), from the  University of Coimbra. My Masters dissertation consisted in determining if occupation and physical activity influenced the bone degeneration rate at the pubic symphysis and iliac auricular surface in 19th and 20th centuries male Portuguese of known age, where I was supervised by Dr. Ana Luísa Santos and Dr. Hugo F.V. Cardoso.

I am keenly interest at the field of age at death estimation, especially determining which factors influence bone degeneration in adults, to understand bone metamorphosis and its influence in age estimation. I have been involved on the study of age estimation of immature individuals; cremated remains analysis; three-dimensional scanning; and the establishment of sex diagnosis methods. Currently, I am interested on the history, importance, curatorial practices, and ethical implications of the creation of the identified skeletal collections in Portugal. I am also focusing my research on the implications of the dissemination of two-dimensional images and three-dimensional models of skeletal remains online, including on social media.

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Vanessa Campanacho,
Apr 2, 2018, 1:57 AM