607 S Mathews Ave,
Urbana, IL 61801
I am a PhD candidate in biological anthropology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am interested in applying quantitative genetics theory to study morphological variation in the human body. Populations differ in their body proportions around the world, and these differences occur very early in life. I study how growth influences morphological variation in limb elements, and how different evolutionary forces affect that process.
I also have an interest in forensic anthropology. I interned with The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) for a year and worked on excavating and identifying Somali Civil War victims with the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF) in Somaliland for two field seasons. Part of my research examines how populations differ in growth patterns and how these differences can be applied to forensic settings. I currently work on forensic cases with Dr. Cris Hughes whenever possible.
I enjoy teaching and sharing knowledge with students. I have been an instructor for Biology of Human Behavior (ANTH143) and Forensic Science (ANTH246), a TA for Biological Anthropology (ANTH240), Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (MCB244 and MCB246), and Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH101). I also guest lectured for Human Biological Variation (ANTH241) and Biological Anthropology (ANTH240). Figuring out how to explain complex topics to students is a very rewarding experience to me. I believe students often bring in new perspectives which can improve my teaching abilities and help my research reach a wider audience.
Growth and Development
Human Skeletal Variation
2020 Graduate Minor in Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2016 MA in Physical Anthropology, New York University
2013 MS in Forensic Medicine, National Taiwan University
2008 BS in Medical Laboratory Science and Biotechnoloy, National Cheng-Kung University
2020 - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants - National Science Foundation
2019 - Dissertation Fieldwork Grant - Wenner-Gren Foundaion for Anthropological Research
2019 - Dissertation Travel Grant - Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2018 - Conference Travel Fund - Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2017 - Conference Travel Fund - Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2016 - Meeting Travel Fund - Masters Program in Physical Anthropology, New York University
Awards and Honors
2020 - Graduate Teacher Certificate - Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2018 - List of Teachers Ranked Excellent (Spring 2018) - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2018 - Pollitzer Student Travel Award - American Association of Physical Anthropologists
2017 - Summer Research Assistance Award - Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ANTH 143: Biology of Human Behavior (Instructor of Record)
ANTH 246: Forensic Science (Instructor of Record)
ANTH 240: Biological Anthropology
ANTH 346: Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 101: Introduction to Anthropology
MCB 244: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
MCB 246: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Adams, B. J., Rainwater, C. W., Yim, A. D., & Alesbury, H. S. (2019). A Retrospective Study of Intentional Body Dismemberment in New York City: 1996–2017. Journal of forensic sciences, 64(4), 1012-1016.