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Caroline Znachko

PhD Student


Caroline Znachko is a Ph.D. student in biological anthropology under Dr. Dawnie Steadman at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests broadly include forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, skeletal biology, epigenetics, and paleopathology. Caroline graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S in biological anthropology and a minor in ecology and evolutionary biology. During her time in Tucson, Caroline took part in internship programs with the Forensic Anthropology Division of the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner and the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology. She also assisted in the multi-season excavation of Crocifisso del Tufo, an Etruscan necropolis in Orvieto, Italy. Under the guidance of Dr. James Watson, Caroline completed a senior thesis in which she investigated the etiology of the skeletal pathology Schmorl’s nodes among various bioarchaeological, historical, and modern samples.

Caroline received a M.A. in biological anthropology from Texas State University and was the department’s 2019 Outstanding Anthropology Graduate Student Award recipient. As a graduate student, she assisted in the forensic recovery and analysis of unidentified migrant skeletal remains as part of the Operation Identification project at the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State. She also utilized her graduate training in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology on various projects in Texas, Belize, Mexico, and Peru. Caroline completed a thesis project that examined the embodiment of stress in vertebrae among unidentified migrants and modern Americans and investigated how varying biosocial contexts and social inequalities are connected to developmental disruptions and predisposition to worsened health outcomes.