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Lucia Norström

Ph.D. Student


Lucia is from Åkersberga outside of Stockholm, Sweden. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Osteoarchaeology at Stockholm University in 2011. After a few years of traveling and working on yachts as a deckhand she relocated in 2013 to New York to pursue her Master’s Degree in Biological Anthropology at New York University. After completing her Master’s in 2015 she proceeded to work as adjunct faculty at Brooklyn College, teaching undergraduate Forensic Science classes in the Anthropology Department. During her time in NYC Lucia continuously interned for the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner, both within the Special Operations Division and in the Forensic Anthropology Unit. At the end of 2015 she was hired as a forensic logistic specialist and remained in this position until the summer 2016 when she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to commence her PhD studies in Biological Anthropology.


Biological and forensic anthropology, human rights and development studies, mass grave exhumations, skeletal trauma and identification, ancestry and identity, mass fatality management, international disaster and social response, genocide, war crimes and violence.


M.A. Biological Anthropology; Human Skeletal Biology track, New York University, New York, 2015

  • Master’s Thesis: Craniometric ancestry analysis of a modern Peruvian sample; Assessing ancestry proportions & the potential for Peruvian subgroups in ancestry estimation techniques

B.A. Osteoarchaeology, Stockholm University, Sweden, 2011

  • Bachelor’s Thesis: Sexing the children of Sigtuna, Sweden; a case study of 16th century sub adult individuals

Awards and Recognitions

Fulbright Scholarship, Stockholm, Sweden, 2013 - 2015 Swedish Fulbright Commission, graduate student category

Padi Advanced Open Water Diver, Valetta, Malta, 2009

Yachtmaster Offshore, 200 ton Captain’s license, IYT, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2012

MCA Approved Engine Course, diesel engine training, MPT, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2012

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