Madison Guthrie is a second-year graduate student at CU Denver, with a concentration in Medical Anthropology, and is focused on studying the accessibility of healthcare, healthcare policy analysis, and the experiences of marginalized communities when interacting with the healthcare field. She graduated from CU Denver in May 2020 with her BA in Anthropology, with much of her focus on biomedicine, holistic medicine, and their accessibility, which influenced her interests to pursue policy analysis research. Her thesis is targeted around analyzing Western Slope hospitals and their practices screening low-income patients for financial assistance by looking at the current policies, barriers, and experiences of hospital staff and hidden populations, with the intent to better inform future healthcare policies. Her other passions include researching alternative medicine, advocating for cannabis research, and studying astronomy. Outside of school, she loves to read, hang out with her family and dog, and study constellations.
Hannah Bauguess is a second-year graduate student at CU Denver and is currently pursuing a MA in Medical Anthropology with a focus on disability studies and policy analysis. She is also pursuing a certificate in Global Public Health at CU Anschutz, with the future hopes of being a health policy analyst for people with disabilities. Her thesis is focused on the analysis of Comprehensive Transition Programs (CTPs) for Intellectually Disabled Adults in Colorado and the impact these programs have on those enrolled in the program. She received her BS in Anthropology from Kennesaw State University in Georgia, where she primarily focused on biological anthropology including osteology, bone biomechanics, and osteological pathologies. During her senior year, her interests in disability research and studies developed when she interned at an inclusive education program for intellectually disabled adults through her undergraduate university. This internship experience influenced her decision to pursue a MA in Medical Anthropology and a desire to understand and support individuals with disabilities in a professional capacity. In her spare time, she works as a TA for CU Denver's Biological Anthropology lab courses, where she assists in teaching about human evolution, osteology, and genetics to undergraduate students. Away from campus, she loves to go thrift shopping and hang out with her family and her three cats.
Devri Beckett is a first-year graduate student at CU Denver and is currently pursuing a MA in Biological Anthropology under Dr. Charles Musiba with a focus on genetics and paleoanthropology. She recently had a paper come out in Biology on “Maternal Relationships among Ancient and Modern Southern African Sheep: Newly Discovered Mitochondrial Haplogroups”. She received her BA in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University, where she focused on biological anthropology and archaeology. During her senior year, her interests in biological research and studies developed when she worked at K. Ann Horsburgh’s molecular anthropology laboratory and the archaeology research laboratory through her undergraduate university. In her spare time, she works in the department of surgery at CU Anschutz as an administrative assistant. Away from campus, she loves to travel around, and enjoys quality time with her friends and family.
Bridget is a third-year Masters student with a concentration in Biological Anthropology. She is a biocultural anthropologist whose primary scientific interest is the bio-behavioral adaptations associated with lactation in human and non-human primates. She is also a volunteer research assistant in THRiVE Discovery Lab at the University of Manitoba, where she published her first paper, “A review of the disruption of breastfeeding supports in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in five Western countries and applications for clinical practice,” with colleagues Sarah Turner and Merilee Brockway. Her thesis uses longitudinal prospective cohort data to explore the generationally-transmitted effects of lactation on the milk microbiome as well as the infant gut microbiome. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Indiana University South Bend.
Bridget is passionate about science communication. She was on the founding volunteer team for the March for Science, and has performed stand-up comedy about lactation science. She is also an advocate for neurodiversity in science and gender-inclusive access to lactation support. Bridget volunteers with History Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Irish Roots Collective in telling the stories of the Irish immigrant labor strikes of 19th century Leadville, Colorado. To maintain balance, Bridget delights in hiking and playing in Denver’s local Irish music sessions.
Bridget intends to become an academic researcher and further our understanding of how lactation shaped us as a species, and share her love of lactation science and anthropology with the wider public.
Gabrielle is a second-year master's student who is currently serving as the Anthropology Department's Lead Teaching Assistant. Additionally, they have taught four Introduction to Biological Anthropology courses and one Human Osteology course. Their broad research interests are biological anthropology, paleoanthropology, primatology, paleoecology, geometric morphometrics, and taphonomy. Their current thesis research involves creating a geometric morphometric protocol to assess the taxonomic and ecological diversity of Cercopithecoid (Old World Monkeys) dental material found in the Pliocene fossil beds alongside our hominin relatives at Laetoli, northern Tanzania.
Gabrielle graduated from CU Denver with a BA in Anthropology in December 2020. Throughout their years as an undergraduate, they clocked in 200+ hours collectively in the Modern Human Anatomy Lab at CU Anschutz under Dr. Caley Orr and in the Morphometrics lab at CU Denver under Dr. Charles Musiba. In addition, they spent three weeks assisting in the survey and excavation of fossil and ichnofossil material at Laetoli alongside Dr. Charles Musiba, Dr. Andrew Deane, and Dr. Isaac Onoka during the 2023 field season. Outside of school, Gabrielle enjoys visiting museums, going out with friends, and taking their dog on long walks throughout the city.
Stef Reamer is a second year graduate student in the Anthropology Program at UC Denver. Their focus is in biological anthropology and archaeology, and by mixing the two, exploring how our middle and late Homo ancestors and cousins interacted with each other and the world around them. With also having a background in CAD Design and 3D Printing, they also utilize their skills to help create replicas of skulls and other artifacts that can be safely handled for educational purposes. Once graduated, Stef hopes to work in a museum setting both curating and educating on our hominin ancestors and their cultural practices. Stef graduated in 2022 from the University of Michigan with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture. While there, they helped curate an anthrobotanical collection while working with Native communities to learn more about the plants' and artifacts' signifcance. In the past year, they have clocked 150+ hours at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as volunteer both interacting with guests and working in the Fossil Preparatory Lab. Outside of class and research, they love to spend time with friends, reading, and exploring the beauty of Colorado.