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.
Department of Anthropology
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C2
I am a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, and an alumna of the University of Toronto. I am a bioarchaeologist focused on childhood. With my research expertise in juvenile osteology I have examined skeletal growth and dental development in children from archaeological contexts including South African hunter-gatherers and European cities. CABA has been an important intellectual home for me and I'm pleased to serve on the Executive.
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.