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Dr Angela Clark

PositionAffiliate Researcher / Academic Coordinator of Forensic Biology (FORB 201) Summer School
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsBSc(Hons)(C.Lancs) MSc(Hons)(Brad) PhD(Otago)
Research summaryBioarchaeology, developmental plasticity, physiological stress, health and disease, forensic science
Teaching

I was privileged to receive the 2016 Top Teacher Award for my role as the academic coordinator for the popular Forensic Biology Summer School (FORB 201) – forensic.biology@otago.ac.nz – run by the Faculty of Dentistry. I have also been a guest lecturer for the FORS 301 paper on Forensic Trauma Analysis.

I am interested in teaching all aspects of forensic science, including; forensic anthropology and archaeology, forensic trauma analysis, forensic taphonomy, entomology, crime scene science, disaster victim identification, blood spatter analysis, and other aspects of forensic biology.

I have also been an active teacher in all Biological Anthropology papers offered at Otago. The full range of papers that I have been involved in teaching at Otago, including:

Memberships

I am the President of the Otago Branch of the Australia New Zealand Forensic Science Society (forensic.science@otago.ac.nz), and I am a Board Member of the New Zealand International Science Festival.

Internationally recognised societies that I am a current member of, include:

  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • Australian Society for Human Biology
  • British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology
  • British Association for Forensic Anthropologists
  • Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association
  • New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women
  • New Zealand Society of Forensic Odontology (affiliate)
  • Paleopathology Association
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Southeast Asian Bioarchaeology Association
  • The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society
  • YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand

Research

I am a bioarchaeologist with research expertise in the biosocial interactions influencing human skeletal and dental developmental plasticity as a response to stress. My research address central bioarchaeological questions of the intensification of agriculture and how humans responded to this critical transitional period in prehistory.

My research interests include human adaptability and variability, and using new tools and approaches to better understand how diverse communities, different ancestries, and unique environments play their role in buffering or facilitating the stress response. I am internationally recognised for my research in the study of the physiological stress response in the past.

I am particularly interested in the emerging field of forensic bioarchaeology; integrating my existing skills in bioarchaeology with my professional connections and experience in forensic science to empower forensic human identification.

Publications

Clark, A. L., King, C. L., Buckley, H. R., Collins, C. J., Dhavale, N., Elliott, G. E., Gosling, A., Halcrow, S. E., … Matisoo-Smith, E., … Tromp, M., Ward, S., & West, K. (2017). Biological anthropology in the indo-pacific region: New approaches to age-old questions. Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, 41, 78-94.

Clark, A. L., Tayles, N., Buckley, H. R., & Neuman, F. (2016). The Rima Rau burial cave, Atiu, Cook Islands. Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology, 11, 68-88. doi: 10.1080/15564894.2015.1050131

Tayles, N., Halcrow, S., & Clark, A. (2015). Ban Non Wat: Current research on late prehistoric people in the Upper Mun River Valley, Northeast Thailand. In N. H. Tan (Ed.), Advancing Southeast Asian Archaeology 2013: Selected Papers from the First SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology. (pp. 279-288). Bangkok, Thailand: SEAMEO SPAFA Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts.

Clark, A. L. (2014). Health and sexual dimorphism at Ban Non Wat: The effects of the intensification of agriculture in prehistoric Southeast Asia [État de santé et dimorphisme sexuel à Bon Non Wat: Effects de l'intensification de l'agriculture dans l'Asie du Sud-Est préhistorique]. BMSAP, 26(3-4), 196-204. doi: 10.1007/s13219-014-0113-2

Clark, A. L., Tayles, N., & Halcrow, S. E. (2014). Aspects of health in prehistoric mainland Southeast Asia: Indicators of stress in response to the intensification of rice agriculture. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 153(3), 484-495. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22449

Chapter in Book - Research

Tayles, N., Halcrow, S., & Clark, A. (2015). Ban Non Wat: Current research on late prehistoric people in the Upper Mun River Valley, Northeast Thailand. In N. H. Tan (Ed.), Advancing Southeast Asian Archaeology 2013: Selected Papers from the First SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology. (pp. 279-288). Bangkok, Thailand: SEAMEO SPAFA Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts.

Clark, A., Tayles, N., & Halcrow, S. (2012). Sexual dimorphism in adult skeletal remains at Ban Non Wat, Thailand, during the intensification of agriculture in early prehistoric Southeast Asia. In P. D. Mitchell & J. Buckberry (Eds.), Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. (pp. 17-28). Oxford, UK: Archaeopress.

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Journal - Research Article

Clark, A. L., King, C. L., Buckley, H. R., Collins, C. J., Dhavale, N., Elliott, G. E., Gosling, A., Halcrow, S. E., … Matisoo-Smith, E., … Tromp, M., Ward, S., & West, K. (2017). Biological anthropology in the indo-pacific region: New approaches to age-old questions. Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, 41, 78-94.

Clark, A. L., Tayles, N., Buckley, H. R., & Neuman, F. (2016). The Rima Rau burial cave, Atiu, Cook Islands. Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology, 11, 68-88. doi: 10.1080/15564894.2015.1050131

Clark, A. L. (2014). Health and sexual dimorphism at Ban Non Wat: The effects of the intensification of agriculture in prehistoric Southeast Asia [État de santé et dimorphisme sexuel à Bon Non Wat: Effects de l'intensification de l'agriculture dans l'Asie du Sud-Est préhistorique]. BMSAP, 26(3-4), 196-204. doi: 10.1007/s13219-014-0113-2

Clark, A. L., Tayles, N., & Halcrow, S. E. (2014). Aspects of health in prehistoric mainland Southeast Asia: Indicators of stress in response to the intensification of rice agriculture. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 153(3), 484-495. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22449

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