Prof Kyra Stull

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Prof Stull is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. She her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2006), a MS in Biological and Forensic Anthropology at Mercyhurst University (2008), and a PhD in Anatomy, with a concentration in Biological Anthropology, from the University of Pretoria (2014).

She is a biological anthropologist with specific interests in forensic anthropology, human growth and development, modern human variation, and quantitative methods. She is currently a tenure-track assistant professor at University of Nevada, Reno. her research focuses on the identification of subadults through the creation and development of age and sex estimation techniques and the impact of population structure on the pattern of modern human variation.

Currently, she has three federal grants focused on advancing our understanding of worldwide subadult growth. Specific objectives include to explore the predictive ability of age and sex indicators, to develop age and sex techniques to accurately identify unknown decedents, and to quantify the extrinsic and intrinsic factors influencing growth. Researchers in the project utilize advanced imaging techniques in combination with cutting edge statistical methodology. A large portion of her current research is dedicated to increasing the utility and accessibility of modern statistical techniques and methods through intuitive graphical user interfaces that operate through R.

Recent publications:

Peer-Reviewed Publications (*indicates student author)


Book Chapters

  • Hulse, CN* and Stull, KE (in press) “Estimating Skeletal Sex: Cranial and Pelvic Morphology.”  In: The SAS Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences. Lopez Varela, Editor. Wiley Blackwell.
  • Spradley, MK and Stull, KE (2018) “Sex Estimation.” In: The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology. Wenda Trevathan, Editor. Wiley Blackwell.
  • Spradley, MK and Stull, KE (2017) “Advances in Morphometrics for Sex and Ancestry Assessment.” In: New Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification. Krista Latham, Eric Bartelink, and Michael Finnegan, Editors. Elsevier.
  • Krüger, GC*, Sutherland, S*, Liebenberg, L*, Myburgh, J, Brits, DM, Meyer, A, Botha, D, Oettlé, AC, Kenyhercz, MW, Stull, KE, L’Abbé, EN (2017) “Forensic Anthropology and the Biological Profile in South Africa: Recent Advances and Developments” In: New Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification. Krista Latham, Eric Bartelink, and Michael Finnegan, Editors. Elsevier.
  • Stull, KE, Kenyhercz, MW, Tise, ML, L’Abbé, EN, Tuamsuk, P (2016)The Craniometric Implications of a Complex Population History in South Africa.” In: Biological Distance Analysis: Forensic and Bioarchaeological Perspectives. Pilloud and Hefner, editors. Elsevier Press.
  • Bernitz H, Kenyhercz MW, Kloppers B, L’Abbé EN, Labuschagne GN, Myburgh J, Olckers A, Saayman G, Steyn M, Stull KE. (2015) The history and current status of forensic science in South Africa. In The Global Practice of Forensic Science. Ubelaker, D, editor. Wiley Press.
  • Symes SA, L’Abbé EN, Stull KE, La Croix M, Pokines JT (2013) “Taphonomy and the Timing of Bone Fractures in Trauma Analysis.” In: Manual of Forensic Taphonomy. Pokines JT, Symes SA, editors. CRC Press.
  • Stull, KE and Hamilton, MD. (2010) “Descriptive Analysis of Skeletal Remains of Three Individuals from Zatopec, with Comparative Analysis of Two Additional Sets of Remains from 41HY161.” In: Prehistoric Life, Labor, and Residence in Southeast-Central Texas: Results of Data Recovery at 41HY163, the Zatopec Site, San Marcos, Texas, edited by Jon C. Lohse. Archaeological Studies Report No. 18. Center for Archaeological Studies, Texas State University-San Marcos.
  • Stull, KE and James, D. “Determination of Age-at-Death Using the Acetabulum of the Os Coxa.” In: Age Estimation of the Human Skeleton. 2010. Latham, K and Finnegan, M., editors. CC Thomas: Springfield, IL.


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