Kelly Kamnikar

  • Doctoral Candidate, Biological Anthropology
  • MSU Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
  • (she, her, hers)


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Twitter: @kkamnikar1

Research Interests

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

Biographical Info

Kelly is a doctoral candidate in Biological Anthropology with a focus on Forensic Anthropology. Her research interests include macromorphoscopic trait analysis, craniometric 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) -
Georgian Recovery, Documentation, and Identification Project (GRDIP) -


2021 Kamnikar KR, Hefner JT, Monsalve T, Bernal Florez LM. Craniometric variation in a regional sample from Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia: Implications for forensic work in the Americas. Forensic Anthropology.
2021 Kamnikar KR, Plemons AM, Spiros MC, Hefner JT.  Ancestry estimation using morphological characteristics. In: Valdes J, Quinto Sanchez M, eds. Avances en Antropologia Forense.
2020 Dunn RR, Spiros MC, Kamnikar KR, Plemons AM, Hefner JT. Ancestry estimation in forensic anthropology: A review. WIREs Forensic Science :e1369.
2019 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 :1-11.
2018 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 90:11-30.
2018 Kamnikar KR, Plemons AM, Hefner JT. Intraobserver error in macromorphoscopic trait analysis. Journal of Forensic Sciences 63:361-370.
2014 Zuckerman MK, Kamnikar KR, Mathena SA. Recovering the 'body politic': A relational ethics of meaning for bioarchaeology. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 24:513-522.