Kelly Kamnikar

  • Doctoral Student, Biological Anthropology
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • MSU Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
  • (she, her, hers)


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Twitter: @kkamnikar1

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 KR, Hefner JT, Monsalve T, Bernal Florez LM. (under review). Craniometric variation in a regional sample from Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia: Implications for forensic work in the Americas. Forensic Anthropology.

Kamnikar KR, Plemons AM, Spiros MC, Hefner JT. (in press). Ancestry estimation using morphological characteristics. In: Valdes J, Quinto Sanchez M, eds. Avances en Antropologia Forense.

Dunn RR, Spiros MC, Kamnikar KR, Plemons AM, Hefner JT. Ancestry estimation in forensic anthropology: A review. WIREs Forensic Science 2020;e1369.

Zuckerman MK, Kamnikar KR, Osterholtz A, Herrmann NP, 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 KR, Herrmann NP, Plemons AM. 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 KR, Plemons AM, Hefner JT. Intraobserver error in macromorphoscopic trait analysis. Journal of Forensic Sciences 2018;63:361-370.

Zuckerman MK, Kamnikar KR, Mathena SA. Recovering the ‘body politic’: A relational ethics of meaning for bioarchaeology. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 2014;24:513-522.