Kelly Kamnikar

  • Doctoral Student, Physical Anthropology
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • MSU Forensic Anthropology Laboratory


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Research Interests

  • forensic anthropology
  • human rights
  • paleopathology
  • human variation
  • ancestry estimation
  • personal identification
  • age estimation

Biographical Info

Kelly is a doctoral student in Physical Anthropology with a focus on Forensic Anthropology. Her research interests include macromorphoscopic trait analysis and methods for identification in humanitarian contexts.

Current Research Projects

The Macromorphoscopic Databank (NIJ 2015-DN-BX-K012)

Landmark and Measurement-based Data Assistant (LAMbDA) –


Kamnikar, K.R., Hefner, J.T., Monsalve, T., Bernal Florez, L.M. (submitted). Craniometric variation in a regional sample from Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia: Implications for forensic work in the Americas. Forensic Anthropology.

Kamnikar, K.R., Plemons, A.M., Spiros, M.C., Hefner, J.T. (under review). Ancestry estimation using morphological characteristics. In: Valdes, J., Quinto Sanchez, M. (Eds.). Avances en Antropologia Forense.

Zuckerman, M.K., Kamnikar, K.R., Osterholtz, A., Herrmann, N.P., Franklin, J. Applying the Index of Care to the Mississippian Period: A case study of treponemal disease, bodily impairment, and probably caregiving from the Holliston Mills, Site, TN. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 2019:1-11.

Kamnikar, K.R., Herrmann, N.P., Plemons, A.M. New approaches to juvenile age estimation in forensics: Application of transition analysis via the Shackelford et al method to a diverse modern subadult sample. Human Biology 2018;90:11-30.

Kamnikar, K.R., Plemons, A.M., Hefner, J.T. Intraobserver Error in Macromorphoscopic Trait Analysis. Journal of Forensic Sciences 2018;63:361-370.

Zuckerman, M.K., Kamnikar, K.R., Mathena, S.A. (2014). Recovering the ‘body politic’: A relational ethics of meaning for bioarchaeology. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 2014;24:513-522.