Andrea Ost earned her B.S. in Anthropology from Central Michigan University, where her undergraduate Honors research thesis focused on the excavation and ethnographic review of the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School. This work was conducted in conjunction with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan and helped lead Andrea to her interests in repatriation and human rights conflicts. During her undergraduate career, she interned in two National Museums (Ireland and Costa Rica), working with artifacts and human remains from a variety of contexts. In May of 2018, she graduated from Mercyhurst with her M.S. in Anthropology with a concentration in Forensic and Biological Anthropology. During her time spent at Mercyhurst, Andrea has aided in the analysis and recovery of human remains from crime scenes in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. To date, she has assisted with over 45 forensic cases.
Andrea’s research interests are in age-at-death estimation, warfare, mass disasters, and human rights investigations. Her master’s thesis examined the correlation between traits of the pelvis and age-at-death estimates. Andrea has applied her knowledge of osteology to medieval burial sites in the Basque Country (northern Spain), where she has worked for the past two summers.
At Mercyhurst, Andrea teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She also oversees the curation of the extensive Donated Human and Zooarchaeological Collections in the Department of Applied Forensic Sciences. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling.