Current MA students in anthropology

Gabrielle Mace

Gabrielle Mace is a first-year graduate student in the Anthropology department, specializing in biological and forensic anthropology. She earned her B.S. in Anthropology from Eastern Michigan University with a minor in human biology. While at Eastern Michigan University she worked at the Wayne County Medical Examiners office where she processed, analyzed, and assisted in the recovery of human remains. During her undergrad, she also performed research regarding sex estimation of individuals who fall within an intermediate/indeterminate sex category and presented the results at the EMU Undergraduate Symposium. She later traveled to Turkey to assist with the archaeological excavations taking place at the site, Antiochia ad Cragum. While in Turkey she also performed her own research focusing on the prevalence and etiology of a patella abnormality, the vastus notch, in that ancient population. She presented the results of her research at the Midwest Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Association Conference. While working towards a masters in Anthropology, she is also pursuing a Forensic Anthropology Certificate at UNL, and is looking forward to being a part of the UNL Anthropology community!

Andrea Sbei

Andrea Sbei is a first-year Masters student here at UNL. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada, Reno with a major in anthropology, and a minor in archaeology. She was able to partake in archaeological research involving the growth of California mussel shells from the Channel Islands. As a co-author, she is expecting a publication soon about variation in Rocker Jaw frequencies across the world. Here at UNL, she hopes to use her experience from the lab and medical examiner’s office to dive further into biological and forensic anthropology.

Bri Petersen

Bri Petersen achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2018. As a graduate student in Anthropology, she focuses on Forensic Anthropology under MA Advisor Dr. Bill Belcher. She has previously interned with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) at Offutt Airforce Base conducting skeletal analyses and is currently doing research there with one of the Forensic Anthropologists on staff. In her free time, she loves to read, play with her two very cute weiner dogs, try local craft beers with her husband, and be involved in other local happenings in Lincoln.

Kat Bickert

Kat Krutak-Bickert is a first year graduate student in Anthropology. Her interests include food ways of the Great Plains, how colonization affects indigenous food, identity and culture and how communities are working to restore traditional cultivation/culinary practices. Kat earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UNL in 2013 focusing on Anthropology, Great Plains Studies and Native Studies. Kat was part of the 2011-2012 cohort of the Umóⁿhoⁿ language class and was a member of the Umóⁿhoⁿ Language Instruction Team. Kat also works as the Coordinator for the School of Global Integrative Studies at UNL. In her free time she enjoys traveling; domestic and abroad, hiking and climbing mountains.

Will Hertzel

William Darwin Hertzel is a graduate student pursuing studies in bioarchaeology and anthropology, specifically looking to do research in gut microbiome and parasitism in archaeological studies. He graduated in December of 2018 from UNL with his bachelor's in Anthropology and a minor in Sociology, and has since been working as a Pharmaceutical Technician. The past two years he has spent time with Dr. Karl Reinhard from CASNR conducting research in his labs, such as micro and macrofossil sample analysis, parasite recovery, and most notably on the potential for airborne infection in archaeological sites, research which he presented at the Paleopathology Associations conference in 2019. He looks forward to expanding his knowledge in bioarchaeological studies and growing in the field of Anthropology!

Ella Axelrod

Ella Axelrod received their Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Colorado College in May, 2019. While at Colorado College, they completed a research project in partnership with the US Forest Service on a cache of historic artifacts found on BLM land in southern Colorado. They've partnered with University of Wisconsin's Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project for the past five years doing WWII remains recovery in France and Belgium. Ella is interested in historic archaeology and archaeological applications in a forensic setting.

Mason McKinney

Mason McKinney is a first year Masters student at UNL. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada, Reno with a major in anthropology and a minor, in biological anthropology. His time at Nevada was spent conducting research regarding the intra and interobserver error rates in dental metrics, collecting data regarding the frequencies of rocker jaw around the world, and learning from his mentors at the medical examiner’s office. Mason hopes to receive a Masters in Anthropology and earn Forensic Anthropology Certificate.

Trent Carney in an excavation site

Trent Carney is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology specializing in Professional Archaeology.  He received his Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from UNL in 2016 with minors in History and German. He has taken part in fieldwork in Honduras with Professor Heather Richards-Rissetto (UNL) during the 2016 field season. In July 2018 he attended the Gotland Archaeological Field School in Eke parish on Gotland, Sweden, directed by Associate Professor Dan Carlsson (Gotland University). He just returned from volunteering at the Ness of Brodgar 2019 excavation, part of ‘The Heart of Neolithic Orkney’ UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Orkney, Scotland.  He is an eagle scout and avid outdoorsman.  He and his fiancee have acreage near Greenwood Nebraska.

Olivia Thomsen at an excavation site with others

Olivia Thomsen came to UNL from Missouri, where she earned her B.S. in anthropology from Missouri State University. During her time at UNL, she is excited to work on research in Southwest archaeology, specifically examining gender roles in Chaco Canyon during the Classic Bonito phase. In 2018 she started her archaeological experience with a field school at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, CO. More recently she held an interpretive internship at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, where she was able to learn more about archaeology and share her knowledge with the general public. She is excited to be joining the anthropology department here at UNL!

Erik Schulz

Erik Schulz is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In his undergraduate degree he studied Anthropology. He studied mummies in Sicily. He has also studied in the UK comparing the criminal justice system of the UK and the US. He is currently studying Anthropology and Archaeology with a specialization in Forensic Anthropology. He was an intern at the DPAA (Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) Laboratory. His internship focused on aiding the DPAA in their mission of identifying United States military remains so that they can be properly identified and laid to rest. His thesis, for my Master’s program, is on the pedagogy of teaching osteology online vs teaching in a classroom. In his free time he likes to ride motorcycles and take his dog on walks.

Miranda Kennison

Miranda Kennison is a first generation student who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BA in Anthropology with a strong interest in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology. Now, on the Forensic Archaeology track at UNL, their interests include studying modern forensic cases, post-colonial conflict, as well as historic and military archaeology. They have previously been a part of the University of Wisconsin Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project's 2019 case in Belgium, and looks forward to participating again in the future. In their free time, they enjoy hiking, horsemanship, playing with their cat, and playing video games.