Rhian Dunn

  • Doctoral Student
  • Graduate Research Assistant


Research Interests

  • Forensic anthropology
  • Human variation
  • Ancestry estimation
  • Skeletal biology
  • Human rights

Biographical Info

Rhian is a biological anthropology doctoral student with a focus in forensic anthropology. She is working with Dr. Hefner as a graduate assistant looking at human variation through metric and macromorphoscopic trait analyses. She earned her B.A. in Biological Anthropology from University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2016 and her M.S. in Forensic and Biological Anthropology from Mercyhurst University in 2018.


Dunn RR, Zurek-Ost A, Lynch P, Bohne Warren C. Dennis C. Dirkmaat: A brief visit with an influential forensic anthropologist. Forensic Anthropology 2022;Early View. https://doi.org/10.5744/fa.2021.0030

Biggs JA, Burnett JJ, Dunn RR, Milton EBP, Plemons AM. The Campus Archaeology Program at Michigan State University: Reevaluating our program during a pandemic. SAA Archaeology Record 2022;22(2):17-21. https://mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?m=16146&i=740794&p=18&ver=html5

Dunn RR, Spiros MC, Kamnikar KR, Plemons AM, Hefner JT. Ancestry estimation in forensic anthropology: A review. WIREs Forensic Sciences 2020;e1369. https://doi.org/10.1002/wfs2.1369

Ost AM, Dunn RR, Dirkmaat DC. 2019. What forensic taphonomy can do for you: a case study in rural Pennsylvania. In: Garvin H, Langley N, editors. Case studies in forensic anthropology: bonified skeletons. Boca Raton: CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429436987