Micayla Spiros

  • Doctoral Student
  • Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
  • Human Osteology Teaching Assistant


East Fee Hall

Research Interests

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Skeletal Biology
  • Human Variation
  • Ancestry Estimation
  • Postcranial Variation
  • Macromorphoscopic Traits
  • Cognitive Bias

Biographical Info

Micayla is a third year biological anthropology doctoral student with a focus in forensic anthropology. She is working with Dr. Hefner as a graduate assistant researching the ontogeny of macromorphoscopic traits and human variation. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Miami University, Ohio in 2016 and her M.Sc. in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology from University College London in 2017.

Current Research Projects

The Macromorphoscopic Databank


Dunn RR, Spiros MC, Kamnikar KR, Plemons AM, Hefner JT. Ancestry Estimation in Forensic Anthropology: A Review. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Early View. 2020.

Spiros MC, Hefner JT. Ancestry Estimation Using Cranial and Postcranial Macromorphoscopic Traits. J Forensic Sci. Early View. 2019.

Spiros MC. Standardization of Postcranial Nonmetric Traits and Their Utility in Ancestry Analysis. Forensic Anthropology 2019 2(1): 29-44.

Kamnikar KR, Plemons AM, Spiros MC, Hefner JT.  Ancestry estimation using morphological characteristics. In: Valdes J, Quinto Sanchez M, editors. Avances en Antropologia Forense. In Press.