Texas Tech University

Mariyam Isa

Mariyam IsaMariyam (Mari) Isa is an Assistant Professor of Physical Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. She received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2020. Her current research centers on developing evidence-based and biomechanically informed approaches to interpreting skeletal trauma in past and present human bodies. Patterns of bone fracture can reveal important information about the circumstances of an individual's death. Using experiments on bone, she aims to investigate the variables that determine how bone breaks and subsequently, how anthropologists can "read" these variables from fracture patterns. She is also interested in questions related to the identification of unknown human skeletal remains. Her work has been published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Forensic Science International and she regularly presents at regional and national conferences including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting.