Rhian Dunn earned her B.A. in Biological Anthropology along with a minor in Classics from UC Santa Barbara. During her time at UCSB, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Center for Evolutionary Psychology where she ran experiments to analyze evolutionary factors influencing political attitudes. She also worked as a Lab Manager in the Biogeochemistry and Bioarchaeology Lab where she used Stable Isotope Analysis to answer dietary and mobility questions about past civilizations. Additionally, she assisted with several repatriation projects through the UCSB Repository and Ossuary. In May of 2018, she graduated from Mercyhurst with her M.S. in Anthropology with a concentration in Forensic and Biological Anthropology. During her time spent at Mercyhurst, Rhian worked as a Graduate Assistant and a Summer Fellow in the Department of Applied Forensic Sciences and has aided in the analysis and recovery of human remains from crime scenes in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. To date, she has assisted with over 45 forensic cases.
Rhian’s research interests are in ancestry estimation, evolutionary anthropology, mass disasters, and human rights investigations. Her master’s thesis examined the utility of the postcranial spinal column for ancestry estimation for an American population.
At Mercyhurst, Rhian teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She also oversees the curation of the extensive Forensic Case Databases in the Department of Applied Forensic Sciences. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling.