Micayla Spiros

  • Doctoral Student
  • Forensic Anthropology Laboratory


East Fee Hall

Research Interests

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

Biographical Info

Micayla is a second year biological anthropology doctoral student with a focus in forensic anthropology. She is working with Dr. Hefner as a graduate assistant looking at human variation and macromorphoscopic trait analyses. 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


Kamnikar, K.R., Plemons, A.M., Spiros, M.C., Hefner, J.T. (under review). Ancestry estimation using morphological characteristics. In: Valdes, J., Quinto Sanchez, M. (Eds.). Avances en Antropologia Forense.

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