Derek is a PhD candidate in biological anthropology. His research interests broadly include human skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, and forensic anthropology. He received his BA in anthropology from California State University (CSU)-Fullerton and an MA in anthropology from CSU-Chico. Derek’s MA thesis examined the effects of socioeconomic status on access to treatment for traumatic injuries in industrial-era London. He was also interested in whether differences in fracture treatment, if any, arising from differences in socioeconomic status may have affected the probability of subsequent injury. While working on his thesis, Derek assisted with the forensic recovery and analysis of human skeletal remains through the CSU-Chico Human Identification Lab (HIL) and participated in a summer internship program with the Forensic Anthropology Division of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston, TX.
Derek’s doctoral research involves the application of intersectionality theory and Bayesian inference to the study of respiratory morbidity and mortality in England during the Industrial Revolution. Specifically, his dissertation explores how overlapping and interdependent forms of discrimination, such as ageism, sexism, and classism, may have created new or amplified existing respiratory health inequalities between northerners and southerners along the lines of age, sex, and class during the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition to his dissertation research, Derek continues to play an active role in the forensic anthropology community, working as a volunteer with the Forensic Anthropology Center and conducting research related to human decomposition, skeletal trauma, and disaster victim identification, although he also has interests in mass fatality management. Additionally, he has participated in summer internship programs in forensic science with the Department of Justice in Quantico, VA, as well as the New York Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Human skeletal biology, paleopathology, bioarchaeology, epidemiology, respiratory health, selective mortality, heterogeneous frailty, health disparities, intersectionality, forensic anthropology, human decomposition, disaster victim identification, Bayesian inference, mass fatality management
2016 MA in Anthropology, With Distinction, California State University, Chico
Thesis Title: Putting Fracture Reduction on Repeat: An Analysis of the Long-Term Health Consequences of Differential Treatment in Industrial-era London.
2013 BA in Anthropology, Summa Cum Laude, California State University, Fullerton
Awards and Recognitions
2016-2020 Chancellor’s Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2019 Thomas Graduate Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2019 McClure Scholarship for World Affairs, Center for International Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2019 Simon Beckett Student Paper Prize, Forensic Anthropology Center, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2016 Outstanding Thesis Award, Office of Graduate Studies, California State University, Chico
2015 Student Scholarship, Sacramento Archaeological Society; Amount: $1,000.
2015 Student Scholarship, Forensic Science Foundation, American Academy of Forensic Sciences
2013 Faculty-Undergraduate Student Research/Creativity Activity Grant, California State University, Fullerton
2020 Kramer, R.T., Jaouen, K., Kiko, L., Boyd, D.A., Trost, M., Buckley, H.R., King, C.L., and Kinaston, R.L. Strontium (87Sr/86Sr) Isotope Analysis of the Namu Skeletal Assemblage: A Study of Past Human Migration on Taumako, a Polynesian Outlier in the Eastern Solomon Islands. Submitted to American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
2019 Turingan, R.S., Brown, J., Kaplun, L., Smith, J., Watson, J., Boyd, D.A., Steadman, D.W., Selden, R.F. Identification of human remains using rapid DNA analysis. International Journal of Legal Medicine. DOI:10.1007/s00414-019-02186-y.
2015 Nguyen, N., Fashing, P.J., Boyd, D.A., Barry, T.S., Burke, R.J., Goodale, C.B., Jones, S.C.Z., Kerby, J.T., Kellogg, B.S., Lee, L.M., Miller, C.M., Nurmi, N.O., Ramsay, M.S., Reynolds, J.D., Stewart, K.M., Turner, T.J., Venkataraman, V.V., Knauf, Y., Roos, C., Knauf, S. Fitness Impacts of Tapeworm Parasitism on Wild Gelada Monkeys At Guassa, Ethiopia. American Journal of Primatology 76(5):579-594. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22379.
2020 Boyd, D.A. Respiratory Stress at the Periphery of Industrial-era London: Insight from Parishes Within and Outside the City. In The Bioarchaeology of Urbanization: The Biological, Demographic, and Social Consequences of Living in Cities (in press), T.K. Betsinger and S.N. DeWitte, eds. Bioarchaeology and Social Theory Book Series. Springer.
2017 Boyd, D.A., Milligan, C.F. Evaluating the Evidence for Injury Recidivism in Two Parish Communities from Industrial-era London. In Broken Bones, Broken Bodies: Bioarchaeological and Forensic Approaches of Accumulative Skeletal Trauma and Violence, C. Tegtmeyer and D. Martin, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
2016 Bartelink, E.J., Boyd, D.A., Cole, K.E. Dietary Reconstruction and Prediction of Region of Origin of Two Pioneer Burials from Marin County, California. Human Identification Laboratory, California State University, Chico, CA.
2015 Bartelink, E.J., Boyd, D.A., Cole, K.E., Cirillo, L. Provenancing Human Remains and Dietary Reconstruction of a Pioneer Burial from Deadwood, South Dakota. Human Identification Laboratory, California State University, Chico, CA.
2020 Boyd, D.A., Jakob, T.B. Probable petrous portion pseudopathology in a post-medieval skeletal collection from North Shields, England. Submitted for presentation at the 47th annual North American meeting of the Paleopathology Association. Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 Cawley, W.D., Boyd D.A., Griffin T. Location, location, location: Spatial variation and human decomposition in Knoxville, TN. Poster to be presented at the 72nd American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
2019 Boyd, D.A. Residual Rickets and Respiratory Disease in Rural and Urban Post-Medieval London. Poster presented at the 88th meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
2019 Falsetti, A.B., Ehlers B., Lasala, A., Pittman, B., Langley, N.R., Cheek, K.G., and Boyd D.A. SEM-EDX Analysis of Gunshot Residue on Pig Cranial Bone After Decomposition and Maceration: Preliminary Results. Poster presented at the 71st meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
2019 Boyd, D.A., Sauerwein, K, Dautartas, A.M. Longitudinal Comparison of the Megyesi and Moffatt Total Body Scoring Methods for Estimating the Postmortem Interval. Paper presented at the 71st meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
2018 Boyd, D.A., MacKenzie, A., Turner-Gilmore, B.M., Vorder Bruegge, R.W., Bruehs, W.E., Walker, J.M. Observer Agreement in the Identification and Quantification of Dorsal Hand Traits from Digital Images. Poster presented at the 70th meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
2018 Hauther, K., Boyd, D.A., Cawley, W., Sauerwein, K., Jeong, Y. Seasonal and Spatial Variation in Local Weather Station Data from Knoxville, Tennessee. Poster presented at the 70th meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
2017 Boyd, D.A., Milligan, C.F. Approaching Studies of Multiple Traumata from the Leg Up: An Examination of the Effect of Prior Injury Location on Patterns of Subsequent Injury in 18th and 19th Century London. Poster presented at the 86th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
2017 Boyd, D.A., Milligan, C.F. Interpreting Fracture Healing in the Archaeological Record: Socioeconomic Status and Fracture Treatment in Industrial-era London. Paper presented at the 44th annual North American meeting of the Paleopathology Association.
2016 Diaz, M., Bond, M., Cirillo, L., Broehle, K., Curry, J., Cox, M., Sgheiza, V., Boyd, D.A., Bartelink, E.J. Dirty Jobs: The Dark Side of Forensic Recovery. Paper presented at the 2016 Mountain, Desert, and Coastal Forensic Anthropology Meeting.
2016 MacInnes, H.M., Boyd, D.A., Milligan, C.F., Bartelink, E.J. The Recovery and Analysis of Human Remains from Vehicle Fires: Case Examples from the CSU Chico Human ID Lab. Paper co-presented at the 2016 Mountain, Desert, and Coastal Forensic Anthropology Meeting.
2016 Willey, P., Milligan, C.F., Clinkinbeard, S., Gardner, K., Bond, M., Boyd, D.A., Broehle, K., Cirilo, L., Cole, K.E., Cox, M., Curry, J., Diaz, M., Hart, K., MacInnes, H.M., Sgheiza, V., Celentano, J., Metzker, C., Tichinin, A. The Valley Fire: How Many Casualties?! Paper co-presented at the 2016 Mountain, Desert, and Coastal Forensic Anthropology Meeting.
2016 Boyd, D.A., Milligan, C.F. Just What the Doctor Ordered: Socioeconomic Status and Subsequent Injury in Industrial-Era London. Poster presented at the 85th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
2016 Boyd, D.A. Anthropology Abroad: Investigations of Two Historic Cemetery Collections Housed at the Museum of London, Centre for Human Bioarchaeology. Paper presented at the Sacramento Archaeological Society’s Scholar’s Symposium.
2015 Boyd, D.A. A Preliminary Analysis of Patterns of Injury and Treatment in Two Socioeconomically Disparate Communities from Post-Medieval London. Paper presented at the 3rd Anthropology Graduate Student Association Research Competition.
2015 Boyd, D.A., Cole, K.E., MacInnes, H.L., Cirillo, L.E., Bartelink, E.J. Diet and Mobility Patterns in Historic Pioneers from California: An Osteobiographical Approach. Paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Society for California Archaeology.
2015 Boyd, D.A. Estimating the Postmortem Interval: A Validation Study of the Total Body Scoring Method Using Medicolegal Cases from Southeast Texas. Poster presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
2015 Wiersema, J.M., Love, J.C., Derrick, S.M., Pinto, D.C., Boyd, D.A. Standardized Descriptive Method for the Anthropological Evaluation of Fractures of the Adult Neurocranium. Poster presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
2013 Bowser, B., Cole, K.E., Saldana, R., Wilson, G., Langenwalter, P., Boyd, D.A., Millet, S., Nguyen, Q., Ortega, C., Stockton, M., Tejeda, M., Tseng, W., Tuyub, M. Early to Middle Holocene Foraging Choice: Re-analysis of Faunal Remains from CA-ORA-64. Poster presented at the 2013 Meeting of the Society for California Archaeology.
2013 Boyd, D.A., Nguyen, N., Fashing, P.J. Parasitic Swellings in Wild Geladas at Guassa, Ethiopia: Impacts on Survivorship and Reproduction. Poster presented in the Committee on Diversity Undergraduate Research Symposium at the 83rd Annual Meeting for the American Association of Physical Anthropology.
2012 Boyd, D.A. Cemeteries and Graveyards: The Victorian War Zone. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Anthropological Association.