Ariane Thomas

Graduate Student

Ariane is a biological anthropology doctoral student advised by Dr. Andrew Kitchen.  Her research explores past human behavior and its impact on the environment through the analysis of non-human genomes.  Her dissertation uses the genomes of North American indigenous dogs to investigate their role as a trading commodity among past Native American populations and as a proxy for human migration within the Western Hemisphere.

After graduating from Central Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Anthropology and Criminology, Ariane became a research fellow at the Bioanthropology Research Institute at Quinnipiac University.  She participated in forensic casework at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut, researched dental pathologies in a bioarchaeological collection from Tell el-Hesi, and estimated the biological profiles of mummified remains at the Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato.  She received her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Montana where she studied the forensic and archaeological applications of DNA preservation and leaching patterns in soil.

She is a member of the Personal Genome Learning Center and is an advocate of scientific literacy and the public perception of science.  Her research interests include forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, population genetics, forensic & ancient DNA, and human genetic variation.

Research areas
  • Biological Anthropology
Ariane Thomas
M.A. in Anthropology (University of Montana, 2016)
B.A. in Anthropology (Central Connecticut State University, 2012)
Contact Information

114 Macbride Hall (MH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States