Mercyhurst University

Current Graduate Students

Entrance: 2016

Carrie BohneCarrie Bohne

B.A. Classical Studies and Archaeology

University of London, Royal Holloway (Egham, UK)

B.A. Biology

Metropolitan State University (Denver, CO)

I completed my first undergraduate degree in Classical Studies and Archaeology from the University of London, Royal Holloway, then proceeded to complete my second undergraduate degree in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. During this time, I was living in Mexico, Chicago, London and Denver, leading to a very colorful university experience. I worked as the lead Teaching Assistant for an Advanced Human Cadaver lab while studying at Metropolitan State, also spending time leading dissections for medical students at a spinal research institute - SERI. After graduation, I worked as a Medical Scribe in an emergency room in downtown Denver while applying for graduate programs. My fascination with forensics, medicine, archaeology and anthropology made the program here at Mercyhurst an ideal fit for me, and I am hoping to take this masters degree to pursue a career as a Medico-legal Death Investigator. 


Audrey Constantino

aconst33@lakers.mercyhurst.eduAudrey Constantino

B.S. Anthropology, B.A. English

Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC)

I attended Western Carolina University for undergraduate, earning a B.S. in Anthropology with a concentration in Forensic Anthropology and a B.A. in English. While living in Cullowhee, I had the opportunity to work in Western’s Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOReST). There, I attended field school and then recovered several sets of human remains using archaeological methods, and I assisted in setting up test areas and collecting data for the Urban Death Project. I also helped with cadaver dog training during weekends, and even taught a human vs. non-human bone lecture to the dog handlers. I completed a research project in undergraduate on lab handling of cremains. My current research interests include human skeletal variation, trauma analysis, and taphonomy. 


Rhian Dunn

rdunn02@lakers.mercyhurst.eduRhian Dunn

B.A. Anthropology, Biological Emphasis

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)

I earned my Bachelor’s degree with a minor in Classics at University of California, Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, I worked as a Research Assistant for the Center for Evolutionary Psychology where I helped to run experiments to research evolutionary factors that influence cooperation, social emotions as recalibration systems, and political attitudes. I then worked as the Lab Manager in the UCSB Biogeochemistry and Bioarchaeology Laboratory, using Stable Isotope Analysis to answer dietary and mobility questions about past civilizations. In addition, I worked as an Intern in the UCSB Repository and Ossuary where I and one other student were in charge of handling projects involving human remains. In my final year I completed a senior thesis where I used Stable Isotope Analysis of Total Carbon and Oxygen to compare the fetal nutrition of identicl twins. For this thesis, I was awarded an Undergraduate Research and Creative Studies Grant. After earning my Master’s degree at Mercyhurst University I plan to continue my education with a PhD in Biological Anthropology with applied forensics. 


Dreana Ferguson

B.S. Applied Forensic Science, Concentration: Forensic Anthropology
Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA)

I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst University. I majored in Applied Forensic Science with a concentration in Forensic Anthropology, and minored in History. As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to work extensively with the school’s archaeological and zooarchaeological specimens. I presented a paper on the history of physical anthropology and anthropologists’ moral obligations at the regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference in New Wilmington, PA in 2015. I also participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates during the summer of 2015. We excavated at the Lawrenz Gun Club site, and focused our research on warfare and demography on the Late Pre-Columbian Prairie Plains. I expanded on this research for my senior thesis, and presented my paper “War is Stress: The Biological Impacts of Warfare on Late Pre-Columbian Populations of the Central Illinois River Valley” at the Midwest Archaeological Conference in 2015. During my senior year, I was able to assist the Mercyhurst Forensic Scene Recovery Team with a few forensic cases. I look forward to gaining more hands on experience with casework while completing my Master’s degree. After completing my Master’s degree, I intend to enter a PhD program in human anatomy or biological anthropology. My main research interests include recovery techniques at outdoor scenes and mass disasters, human decomposition patterns, improving biological profile estimation methods/identification of Hispanic and Latino individuals, and the application of forensic anthropology to human rights work. 


Paige Lynch

B.A. Anthropology, B.A. Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Pennsylvania State University (State College, PA)

I graduated from the Schreyer Honors College with dual B.A. degrees in Anthropology and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) at the Pennsylvania State University with minors in Spanish, Jewish Studies, and International Studies. This previous summer I continued to work in the Human Paleoecology and Stable Isotope Laboratory directed by Dr. Doug Kennett (Penn State), where I have gained invaluable experience working there for the past two years. The second half of the summer I worked with the OCME Connecticut, interning with the investigators office. In July of 2013, 2014, and 2015 I participated in the Tel Akko Total Archaeology Excavation in Akko, Israel, directed by Dr. Ann Killebrew (Penn State). In May and June of 2015, I spent four weeks in Valencia, Spain conducting research for my Honors Thesis at the Mueso de Prehistoria, Valencia. Following my thesis research, I spent two weeks in Dos Aguas, Spain for an archaeological excavation at Cueva de la Cocina, directed by Dr. Sarah McClure (Penn State) and Dr. Oreto García (Universitat de Valencia).


Kayla Nida

knida80@lakers.mercyhurst.eduKayla Nida

B.S. Forensic Biology, B.A. Sociology, Minor Chemistry

Ohio Northern University (Ada, OH)

Since I was seven years old I have known that I wanted to pursue a career in the field of anthropology.  I completed my Bachelors in Forensic Biology and Sociology with a minor in chemistry from Ohio Northern University. Through my undergraduate program, I was very fortunate to receive and internship with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory, recently renamed DPAA, in Hawaii. It was there that I solidified my passion for the field of forensic anthropology. My interests include forensic archaeology, mass disaster recovery, trauma, and bioarcheaology.


Andrea Ost

aost16@lakers.mercyhurst.eduAndrea Ost

B.S. in Anthropology 

Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, MI)

I earned my bachelor's degree in Anthropology with a minor in Museum Studies from Central Michigan University. During the course of my undergraduate education, I worked in the Leonard Lieberman Anthropology Laboratory and participated in archaeological excavations of various sites around Michigan. I also attended a field school in the Basque Country (northern Spain) excavating human remains at a medieval cemetery site. My undergraduate honors senior thesis, presented at the 2015 Annual American Anthropological Association conference, summarized the findings of both archaeological and ethnographic research conducted in cooperation with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. I have interned and conducted research in two National Museums (Ireland and Costa Rica). My research interests lie in bioarchaeology, forensic taphonomy, age-at-death estimation, human rights investigations, mass disaster recoveries, and repatriation. 


Dorianis Perez

dperez17@lakers.mercyhurst.eduDorianis Perez

B.S. Mathematics, Concentration: Chemistry

B.S. Forensic Science

Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY)

I completed a Bachelor of Science in Math and Forensic Science at Hofstra in May 2016. While at Hofstra, I took an Introduction to Forensic Anthropology class during my sophomore year that made me gear my interests towards Forensic Anthropology, though I continued to explore more Forensic Science areas. I interned at the NYPD Crime Lab in Queens, NY, doing work with Forensic Chemistry and Instrumentation, where I realized that, though I did enjoy my time, I was not interested in pursuing a career in those areas. That’s when I remembered that spark for Forensic Anthropology that I had tucked away in my mind from sophomore year! I don’t have a strong background in anthropological or archaeological studies from my undergraduate career, but at Mercyhurst I intend to apply all of my forensic and analytical training and knowledge to further explore my fascination for Forensic Anthropology. I plan to pursue a PhD and eventually a career in academia.


Entrance 2017

Randi Depp

rdepp95@lakers.mercyhurst.eduRandi Depp

B.S. Forensic Science, B.A. Criminal Justice Administration, Minor Chemistry

University of Findlay (Findlay, OH)

B.S. Biology, Minor Anthropology

Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH)

I attended The University of Findlay, where I earned a B.S. in Forensic Science, a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration, and a minor in Chemistry. It was there that my passion for applying science to legal and criminal investigations was ignited. I completed my honors thesis researching the CSI effect in courtrooms in Ohio in 2011. Then, I spent some time traveling and working for a non-profit organization that assisted victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Knowing I wanted to pursue a career in Forensic Anthropology, I continued my undergraduate training and earned a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Anthropology at Cleveland State University. During this time I also worked at a law firm in Cleveland, OH – first as a legal assistant and later as a paralegal – in medical and pharmaceutical product liability tort. At Mercyhurst I intend to apply my varied experiences in forensics, science, criminal justice, and law to my interests in taphonomy, skeletal variation, human rights investigations, and mass disaster recovery.


Kellie Jones

kjones52@lakers.mercyhurst.eduKellie Jones

B.A. Anthropology, Minor Biology

Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ)

During my high school years I was introduced to forensic anthropology via a forensic science class my school was fortunate enough to have and I have been interested in forensics, especially forensic anthropology, ever since. I completed my undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University in anthropology with a minor in biology. I was able to attend a field school in Nazca, Peru and gained experience in archaeological excavation and survey, and skeletal analyses. For my senior project I presented on “The Role of NAGPRA in Applied Archaeology”. During my undergraduate career my focus was in bioarchaeology, but I never forgot my love of forensics and after a 2 year hiatus to focus on working I came back to school to earn my degree in forensic anthropology. After earning my Masters degree at Mercyhurst University I plan to pursue a career as a medicolegal death investigator.


Jessica NovakJessica Novak

B.A. Anthropology, Minor Art History

Fordham University (New York City)

I earned my bachelor's degree in anthropology with a minor in art history from Fordham University in New York City. As an undergraduate, I obtained an internship at the American Museum of Natural History which exposed me to archaeological techniques both for excavating prehistoric sites and human remains. I then began working for numerous Cultural Resource Managment (CRM) firms in the greater NYC area. I have been a part of numerous excavations of burial sites, including large-scale cemetery exhumations. I am very interested in forensic archaeology and the protocols for recovering human remains in both forensic and historic settings. I hope to take the knowledge learned at Mercyhurst back into the field.


Jennifer Webb

B.S. Anthropology

Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, MI)Jennifer Webb

I completed my undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Central Michigan University where I was also in the Honors Program. As a part of the honors program, I conducted multiple research projects including an Honors Thesis. My thesis research involved a comparison of Homo naledi dental and mandibular specimens to those of Homo sapien to determine if it was possible for them to represent the variability of a single species. During the summer, I was also a volunteer with the Sparrow Forensic Pathology Services where I worked with the county medical examiners to conduct autopsies. In my final undergraduate semester, I completed a study abroad internship in Santiago, Chile at the Servicio Medico Legal, where I worked with the forensic odontologists, anthropologists, and archaeologists to identify human rights victims from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. This internship firmly solidified my interest in the field of forensic anthropology, leading me to this program here at Mercyhurst. My research interests include forensic archaeology, trauma, and skeletal identification. Ultimately, my goal is to utilize this masters degree to pursue a career as a Medico-Legal Death Investigator.