Armando is a bioarchaeologist and Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) specializing in human osteology and archaeological sciences. He has surveyed and excavated prehistoric and historic burials as well as more traditional archaeological sites in the United States, the Caribbean, and Peru, and has conducted research in a variety of disciplines including biochemistry, morphometrics, and architectural analyses. He loves statistics and the use of statistical methods as tools in anthropology. Being originally from Venezuela, Armando is fluent in Spanish and English, and has prepared and presented official reports, peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, and lectures for diverse audiences in both languages. After acquiring his M.A. from the University of Central Florida, Armando joined Cardno, a Cultural Resources consultant and worked as the resident Bioarchaeologist, completing Phase I, II, and III projects, authoring reports, and serving as Field Director and crew chief across the eastern U.S. He came to the University of Tennessee – Knoxville in the fall of 2018 to pursue a Ph.D. focusing on bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. When not in the lab, the classroom, or the office, you can find him rock climbing, caving, or backpacking in the mountains around Knoxville.
Research Interests: Biological Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Forensic Anthropology/Archaeology, Archaeological Sciences, GIS, Stable Isotope Analysis, Human Skeletal Biology, Vertical Archaeology, Cave Archaeology, Paleopathology, Quantitative & Statistical Methods