Vanessa Campanacho

Academic degree: Doctorate
Category: Visiting researchers
Institutional subunit: NOVA FCSH
Research group: Practices and Politics of Culture
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Research interests: Human osteology, age at death estimation, 3D scanning
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Biographical note

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 2016, whose research consisted in determining if body size influenced the bone degeneration rate at the pelvic joints. I am a research associate in CIAS – Research Centre for Anthropology and Health and CEF – Centre for Functional Ecology – Group of Paleoecology and Forensic Sciences, University of Coimbra. I have a keen interest at the field of age at death estimation, especially determining which factors influence bone degeneration in adults, in order to understand bone metamorphosis and how that may influence age at death estimation by skeletal remains. I have performed research on a broad range of topics (e.g., age estimation of immature individuals; cremated remains analysis; and the establishment of a sex diagnosis method), which I have actively communicated in diverse scientific venues in Europe and the USA. Currently, I am studying the timing of sternum maturation and x-ray analysis of greater apes’ maxilla. I have experience creating 3D models with a structured light scanner from Artec Spider and Eva. I have also created a user protocol for the Artec Scanners regarding the digitalizing of different types of human bones.


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