Andrea L. Waters-Rist
I am an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department, Western University. My areas of interest within Biological Anthropology are ancient diet, infant feeding practices, paleopathology, dental anthropology, growth and development, and archaeological science. Much of my recent research is focussed on diet-disease synergies in historical populations from Canada and the Netherlands. I have long valued CABA-ACAB for what it offers to students and scholars and am happy to help steer our organization as our field grows and evolves.
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba (UofM) and I am Adjunct with the Department of Anthropology. I have been an active member of CABA-ACAB for many years. I am a broadly trained anthropologist whose work is focused on collaborative health research with northern First Nation communities and organizations in Manitoba. My experience in archaeology (M.A. Department of Anthropology, UofM), ancient DNA (PhD. Department of Anthropology, UofM), history, traditional land use studies, medical anthropology, immunogenetics (Post-Doctoral Research, Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, UofM) and research with Indigenous communities, brings a unique perspective to investigating the intersection between biology, environment, cultural and health.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department, Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta). I am a bioarchaeologist and my primary research programme examines the intersection of palaeopathology and biomechanics, with a focus on the long term consequences of skeletal trauma. Some of my other projects involve methods to measure incomplete remains, osteological pedagogy, and experiences of impairment/disability in the past. I am glad to serve on the CABA-ACAB executive, and I look forward to getting to know our membership better.
Department of Anthropology
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C2
Student Representative (2021-2022)
Newsletter Editor (2020-2023)
I have a PhD in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University (2020) with a focus on bone trauma, bone biomechanics and postmortem changes to bone properties. I also have casework experience as a forensic anthropologist, having consulted for the BC (Canada) Coroner's Services among others. My academic and professional experience has been built across borders (Portugal, Canada and Spain) and across contexts, researching modern cemetery human skeletonized remains, working in forensic anthropology routine cases, and consulting in cases related to enforced disappearances from the Spanish civil war and post-war period. My purpose and motivation is to put my expertise in human identification into practice to find, recover and identify the missing across the globe. With expertise in trauma analysis and bone biomechanics, I also work to find under what circumstances the missing died, in hopes of bringing justice and closure to their families.
Communications Representative (2021-2024)
I was born in Moncton, New Brunswick. I graduated with BSc in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal and then moved to London, UK to continue my studies. I have a MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science from University College London, and a PhD in Bioarchaeology from Bournemouth University. I now live in Ottawa, ON and work as the Casualty Identification Coordinator for the Canadian Armed Forces. I recently completed a Yoga Teacher Training and am obsessed with being on my paddleboard as much as possible. I aim to bring a francophone perspective to the table and encourage that all communications be in both official languages.