Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist
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Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist is an assistant professor in Osteoarchaeology at Leiden University, who has worked in many areas including, Siberia, Nicaragua, Greece, Belize, and across Canada. Her research specializations are human osteology, growth and development, paleonutrition, paleopathology, and dental anthropology.
She did her HonsBA at The University of Western Ontario, Canada. Her Master’s research was at the University of Calgary, Canada, where her focus was human osteology, subadult growth and development, and isotopic methods to reconstruct past diet. Dr. Waters-Rist MA thesis examined the effects of growth on stable nitrogen isotope ratios. After working as a civilian member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, on a large forensic investigation into missing women from Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Waters-Rist returned to the University of Calgary for her PhD. Her PhD research was on the osteoarchaeology of mid-Holocene hunter-fisher-gatherers from the Lake Baikal region of Siberia, Russian Federation. Specific research questions included i) the biological affinity of different groups based on analysis of dental non-metric traits; ii) activity-induced dental modification due to the use of teeth as tools; iii) reconstruction of the timing and periodicity of stress episodes from dental enamel defects; and finally, iv) reconstruction of the feeding practices and diets of infants and children using a novel method of intra-individual sampling for stable nitrogen and carbon isotopes. Dr. Waters-Rist has also explores sulphur isotope variation in the region, showing it may be a useful marker of migration and place of residence.
Prior to her appointment at Leiden University Dr. Waters-Rist taught at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Lower Mainland, British Columbia, Canada.
Dr. Waters-Rist is currently involved in three projects. Continuing her involvement from her PhD with The Baikal Archaeology Project, future research is planned on the dental anthropology of additional Siberian skeletal material as well as sites being excavated in the Hokkaido, Japan.
Dr. Waters-Rist second project is in Nicaragua, with current plans to explore the health/disease, diet, and activity of populations interred at several different cemeteries. Finally, Dr. Waters-Rist third project is closer to home, being the complete osteoarchaeological analysis of the Middenbeemster post-Medieval cemetery from the Netherlands.
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