Julianne Stamer is a Masters student here at Ohio State who found her passion in Anthropology for its combination of both history and science. After participating in a field school in Ireland, Julianne found her specialty in bioarchaeology where she focuses on stable isotope analysis, diets, and mobility of certain populations.
During her years as an undergrad, Julianne completed a project in an NSF REU program in Sicily where she used strontium isotopes to determine the origin of soldiers who fought in a political war in Greece. Julianne’s also completed a project on sexual dimorphism of dental caries and the dietary dimorphism in agricultural hunter-gatherer groups focusing on how much the differences in ratios are due to variables such as sex, diet, and cultural factors. For her 2019 AAPA poster, which is also her undergraduate honors thesis, Julianne studied cranial morphology in the Americas to get a better understanding of the genetic relatedness found there.
Julianne is completing her masters in Latin American studies where she’s learning Quechua—the indigenous language of the Andes. Since she plans on doing ethnography work there about diet, Julianne sees the importance of being able to communicate with the people and share the work she’s conducting with them. She also wants to show that she cares about the people in the Andes and their culture by taking the time to learn the language.
Joining HEADS as an undergrad, Julianne found a place to keep tabs on what upper-level students were doing and it helped her find what she was interested in within Anthropology. For her, HEADS is a space to learn beyond a classroom setting.