Bear is an M.A. student who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Oregon State University in 2018. In 2019, she took graduate anthropology courses at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her broad research interests include biocultural and forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, juvenile osteology, zooarchaeology, museum studies, and NAGPRA.
While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Bear worked as a volunteer student Archaeological Technician at Aztec Ruins National Monument, and participated in the Bioarchaeological and Forensic Anthropology field school at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also completed two NAGPRA internships, one through the National Council for Preservation Education at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, the other at the Middlebrook Building at the University of Tennessee. In 2019, Bear participated in the Archaeotek Juvenile Osteology Laboratory in Székelyudvarhely, Romania.
Since beginning graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Bear has gained experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Anthropology 110, Human Origins. She also currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Forensic Anthropology Center on a project funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross.