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Derek Boyd

Ph.D. Student

Biography

Derek Boyd is a Ph.D. student in biological anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests broadly include human skeletal biology, paleopathology, and forensic anthropology. He received his B.A. in anthropology from California State University (CSU), Fullerton, and an M.A. in anthropology from CSU, Chico. As a graduate student at CSU, Chico, Derek assisted with the forensic recovery and analysis of human skeletal remains through the Human Identification Lab (HIL) and participated in an internship program with the Forensic Anthropology Division of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston, TX. In addition to his graduate training in forensic anthropology, Derek completed a thesis project in paleopathology that examined status differentials in access to treatment for traumatic injuries in Industrial-era London and investigated whether differential treatment influenced risk of subsequent injury.

As a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Derek continues to play an active role in the forensic anthropological community, working as a volunteer with the Forensic Anthropology Center, and conducting research related to human decomposition, although he also has interests in mass fatality management, disaster victim identification, and human rights investigation. Additionally, Derek has participated in internship programs in forensic science with the Department of Defense in Quantico, VA, as well as the New York Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In addition to his continued involvement in the forensic anthropology community, Derek is currently working on a dissertation project involving a regional investigation of respiratory health and risk of death in Industrial-era England.


Research

Human skeletal biology, paleopathology, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, human decomposition, mass fatality management, disaster victim identification, human rights.


Education

M.A. Anthropology, With Distinction, California State University, Chico, 2016

  • Thesis: Putting Fracture Reduction on Repeat: An Analysis of the Long-Term      Health Consequences of Differential Treatment in Industrial-era London.

B.A. Anthropology, Summa Cum Laude, California State University, Fullerton, 2013


Awards and Recognitions

2018 The Graduate School, Graduate Student Senate Travel Award. Award Total: $800.00.

2017 Office of Graduate Studies Outstanding Thesis Award. Award Total: $500.00.

2017 The Graduate School, Graduate Student Senate Travel Award. Award Total: $930.00.

2017 The Graduate School, Chancellor’s Top-Off Award. Award Total: $2,756.00.

2016 The Graduate School, Chancellor’s Top-Off Award. Award Total: $2,756.00

2016 Office of Graduate Studies Student Research Grant. Award Total: $500.00.

2015 Sacramento Archaeological Society Student Scholarship. Award Total: $1,000.00.

2015 Office of Graduate Studies Student Research Grant. Award Total: $300.00.           

2015 Forensic Science Foundation Student Scholarship Award. Award Total: $100.00.

2014 Office of Graduate Studies Student Research Grant. Award Total: $500.00.

2013 Faculty-Undergraduate Student Research/Creativity Activity Grant. Award Total: $1,000.00.


Publications

Book Chapters

 

Boyd, D.A., Milligan, C.F.

 

2017    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.  

 

Technical Reports

Bartelink, E.J., Boyd, D.A., Cole, K.E.

 

2016    Dietary Reconstruction and Prediction of Region of Origin of Two Pioneer Burials from

Marin County, California. Human Identification Laboratory, California State University, Chico,

CA.

 

Conference Presentations

 

Boyd, D.A., MacKenzie, A., Turner-Gilmore, B.M., Vorder Bruegge, R.W., Bruehs, W.E.,

Walker, J.M.

 

2018    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.

 

Hauther, K., Boyd, D.A., Cawley, W., Sauerwein, K., Jeong, Y.

 

2018    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.

 

Boyd, D.A., Milligan, C.F.

 

2017    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.

 

Boyd, D.A., Milligan, C.F.

 

2017    Interpreting Fracture Healing in the Archaeological Record: Socioeconomic Status and

Fracture Treatment in Industrial-era London. Podium presented at the 44th annual North

American meeting of the Paleopathology Association.


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