Micayla Spiros

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


East Fee Hall

Research Interests

    Forensic Anthropology
    Skeletal Biology
    Human Variation
    Population Affinity Estimation
    Postcranial Variation
    Macromorphoscopic Traits
    Cognitive Bias

Biographical Info

Micayla is a biological anthropology doctoral student with a focus in forensic anthropology. She is working with Dr. Hefner as a graduate assistant researching biocultural influences and 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, R., Spiros, M., Passalacqua, N., & Hefner, J. (2023). Maceration Techniques for Human Fetal and Perinatal Bone. Forensic Anthropology.
Spiros, MC, Plemons, AM, & Biggs, JA. (2022). Pedagogical access and ethical considerations in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. Science & Justice.
Spiros, MC, Nakhaeizadeh, S., Thompson, T., Morgan, R., Olsson, V., Berivoe, A., Arvidsson, M, Hefner, JT. (2022). Using Eye-Tracking Technology to Quantify the Effect of Experience and Education on Forensic Anthropological Analyses. Forensic Anthropology.
Dunn, RR, Spiros, MC, Kamnikar, KR, Plemons, AM, & Hefner, JT. (2020). Ancestry estimation in forensic anthropology: A review. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Forensic Science2(4), e1369.
Kamnikar KR, Plemons AM, Spiros MC, Hefner JT. (2020) Ancestry estimation using morphological characteristics. In: Valdes J, Quinto Sanchez M, editors. Avances en Antropologia Forense.
Spiros, MC, & Hefner, JT. (2020). Ancestry estimation using cranial and postcranial macromorphoscopic traits. Journal of Forensic Sciences65(3), 921-929.
Spiros, MC. 2019. Standardization of postcranial nonmetric traits and their utility in ancestry analysis. Forensic Anthropology2(1), 29.
Dept. of Anthropology