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Robyn Kramer

PositionPhD Student
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsBA in Anthropology MA (Forensic Anthropology)
Research summaryI study migrations of modern, historic, and prehistoric humans & animals using isotope analysis
Teaching

My background is in forensic anthropology, archaeological field methods, and anthropological geochemistry. I look forward to working with educated professionals to improve my skills in R-coding, geochemical analysis, and GIS-modelling.

Memberships
  • New Zealand Archaeological Association
  • Australasian Society of Human Biology
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • American Biological Anthropology Association
ClinicalIsotope and geospatial analyses, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, paleodietary reconstruction, migration, human rights, human identification, and natural disaster recovery efforts.

Research

My doctoral thesis project consists of 4 research projects under the unifying theme of strontium isotope analysis in the South Pacific:

  1. Kramer RT, King CL, Buckley HR, Jaouen K, Boyd DA, Kiko L, Trost M, Petchey F, Kinaston RL. 2020. Strontium (87Sr/86Sr) isotope analysis of the Namu skeletal assemblage: A study of past human migration on Taumako, a Polynesian Outlier in the eastern Solomon Islands. American Journal of Physical Anthropology
  2. A Strontium Isoscape Model for New Zealand: Applying an established machine learning approach in the South Pacific
  3. Reassessing Te Pokohiwi-o-Kupe (Wairau Bar) kōiwi 87Sr/86Sr values using machine learning methods
  4. Who let the dogs out? Predicting provenance of archaeological kurī (Canis familiaris) as a proxy for early Māori migration in Aotearoa New Zealand

Additional details

MA in Forensic Anthropology from Texas State University BA in Anthropology from California State University, Chico
  • Forensic Identification Certification (CSUC)
  • Emphasis in Chemistry

Current funding and grants

  • 2021 Royal Society Te Apārangi Skinner Fund - $1,000 NZD
  • 2020 Australasian Society for Human Biology Studentship - $2,000 AUD
  • 2020 Centre for Global Migrations Postgraduate Research Grant - $1,000 NZD
  • 2020 NSF Award ABI-1565128, Origin Inference from Geospatial Isotope Networks Grant - $7,000 USD
  • 2019 Centre for Global Migrations Postgraduate Research Grant - $1,500 NZD
  • 2019 University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship - $81,000 NZD

Publications

Kramer, R. T., Kinaston, R. L., Holder, P. W., Armstrong, K. F., King, C. L., Sipple, W. D. K., … Reid, M., Barr, D., Wijenayake, K. G., Buckley, H. R., Stirling, C. H., & Bataille, C. P. (2022). A bioavailable strontium (87Sr/86Sr) isoscape for Aotearoa New Zealand: Implications for food forensics and biosecurity. PLoS ONE, 17(3), e0264458. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0264458

Kramer, R. T., King, C. L., Buckley, H. R., Jaouen, K., Boyd, D. A., Kiko, L., … Kinaston, R. L. (2021). Strontium (87Sr/86Sr) isotope analysis of the Namu skeletal assemblage: A study of past human migration on Taumako, a Polynesian Outlier in the eastern Solomon Islands. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 4, 479-499. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.24179

Bartelink, E. J., Chesson, L. A., Tipple, B. J., Hall, S., & Kramer, R. T. (2020). Multi‐isotope approaches for region‐of‐origin predictions of undocumented border crossers from the US-Mexico border: Biocultural perspectives on diet and travel history. In R. C. Parra, S. C. Zapico & D. H. Ubelaker (Eds.), Forensic science and humanitarian action: Interacting with the dead and the living (Vol. 1). (pp. 369-384). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781119482062.ch24

Kramer, R. T., Bartelink, E. J., Herrmann, N. P., Bataille, C. P., & Spradley, K. (2020). Application of stable isotopes and geostatistics to infer region of geographical origin for deceased undocumented Latin American migrants. In R. C. Parra, S. C. Zapico & D. H. Ubelaker (Eds.), Forensic science and humanitarian action: Interacting with the dead and the living (Vol. 1). (pp. 425-440). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781119482062.ch27