I received my Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2016, whose research consisted in determining if body size influenced the bone degeneration rate at the pelvic joints. I am currently associated staff for teaching and research at the University of Sheffield and looking for post doc opportunities.

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 by Dr. Hugo F.V. Cardoso.  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.

I have a keen interest at the field of age at death estimation, especially determining which factors influence bone degeneration in adults, in order to understand bone metamorphosis and how that may influence age at death estimation by skeletal remains. In addition to my Ph.D., I have performed research on a broad range of topics (e.g., age estimation of immature individuals; cremated remains analysis; and the establishment of a sex diagnosis method), which I have actively communicated in diverse scientific venues in Europe and the USA. Currently, I am studying the timing of sternum maturation, landmarks and semi-landmarks observation error captured by different scanners and MicroScriber, and secular trends of femoral sexual dimorphism. I have experience creating 3D models with a structured light scanner from Artec Spider and Eva, with the software Artec Studio 11 and Geomagic Wrap v12. I have also created a user protocol for the Artec Scanners regarding the digitalizing of different types of human bones.

I have fulfilled key roles in teaching, such as demonstration, designing and delivering tutorials for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in Sheffield. I have a particular passion for teaching and take this aspect of my job very seriously. As a demonstrator, I have assisted masters’ level students during practical exercises in bioanthropological and statistical analysis. I take a student-centred approach in my teaching which breaks down barriers between the student and teacher; making me very approachable. In classes, I am enthusiastic and attentive to the needs of the students. I also engage with students to stimulate critical thinking, asking how they could complement or take a different approach from a specific article.

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Vanessa Campanacho,
Sep 13, 2017, 1:19 AM