Mindy Pitre (Assistant Professor, Ph.D. University of Alberta, Canada) is a bioarchaeologist who studies human skeletal remains from archaeological sites to explore the complex relationship between biology and culture in the past. She has excavated and studied human skeletons in Canada, the United Kingdom, Egypt, the Sudan, and Syria. One of Dr. Pitre's ongoing projects involves the study of microbial growth (biofilm) in archaeological bone using light and scanning electron microscopy, microbial plating techniques, and DNA analysis.
Dr. Pitre teaches biological anthropology courses such as Human Origins, Dealing with the Dead, and Forensic Anthropology. In the classroom she believes it is important to initiate students into the field of biological anthropology by exposing them to research and by providing them with opportunities to practice what they learn in the classroom and in the laboratory. Students in her courses take part in various activities including mock crime scene investigations as well as decomposition and mummification experiments involving pig and chicken carcasses respectively.
For more information on her research and teaching see www.mindypitre.com
Regularly Taught Courses:
- ANTH 201 Human Origins
- ANTH 242 Dealing with the Dead
- ANTH 290 Bones of Contention
- ANTH 325 Evolution, Culture and Human Diversity
- ANTH 365 Forensic Anthropology
- ANTH 430 Human Evolution
- Bioarchaeology; Mortuary Archaeology; Ancient Health and Disease; Culture Contact; Collapse; Histology; Taphonomy; Biofilms, Mesopotamia; Egypt.