Claire Terhune

Claire Terhune

Lead Investigator

Claire received a BS in anthropology and a BA in biology from the College of Charleston in 2002. She went on to graduate school at Arizona State University where she received her MA (2005) and PhD (2010) in anthropology. In 2009, Claire joined the Physician Assistant Program in the Duke University Medical Center, where she served as the primary instructor for Physician Assistant Anatomy and assisted in the Body and Brain course in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and was a research instructor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology. She joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas in January 2014.

Not only has Claire worked in museum collections throughout North America and Europe, she has also worked extensively as an archaeologist in Arizona, excavated dinosaur remains in northern Mexico, worked on Paleolithic sites in France and Spain, done bioarchaeological fieldwork on the island of Cyprus, worked at the paleoanthropological locality of Hadar in Ethiopia, and observed howler monkeys in Costa Rica.

Blossom Amechi

Blossom Amechi

Undergraduate Researcher

Blossom Amechi is a Fulbright College junior pursuing a BS in Anthropology. After graduating in spring 2020, Blossom hopes to attend dental school. Her work in the Terhune lab will help her continue her passion for biological anthropology and develop her research experience.

Maureen Balcerzak

Maureen Balcerzak

Undergraduate Researcher

Maureen is a junior in the honors college pursuing a BS in Anthropology. After graduating in 2020, she hopes to attend graduate school. Her work in the lab is focused on carnivore taphonomy.

Matt Bilberry

Matt Bilberry

Undergraduate Researcher

Matt is a senior working towards a BS in Anthropology with a minor in Philosophy, planning to graduate in 2019. His interests include cultural development within societies, how people interact with one another, and the ways human biology leads to specific cultural ideas. He hopes to take advantage of several opportunities in the future to do field work abroad and learn about how people live in other regions of the world.

Christopher Carter

Christopher Carter

Undergraduate Researcher

Christopher is a junior in the College of Engineering. He plans to major in Computer Engineering by 2020. In the future he plans to work with microarchitecture in new computer processors. His work in the Terhune Lab is focused on organizing and processing microCT data and 3D scan data of primate and mammal skulls.

Amber Cooper

Amber Cooper

Undergraduate Researcher

Amber is a Fulbright College freshman pursuing a BS in Anthropology with a minor in Archaeology. After graduating in 2022, she plans to attend graduate school where she will work towards a master’s and PhD. This is her first time working in a research lab, and this opportunity will grant her first-hand experience that she can later apply to her studies.

Lydia Haake

Lydia Haake

Undergraduate Researcher

Lydia is an Honors Fulbright senior working towards combined BS degrees in Earth Science and Anthropology. Her interests include studying karst systems while researching paleoclimate changes and how it affected local extinct species’ populations with a focus on coastal environments. She hopes to utilize open water, cavern, and cave diving in her search to discover new paleoclimate data within the caves’ geology and new animal species unique to the region. Her research in the Terhune Lab is focused on figuring out the best ways to process animal remains using dermestid beetles.

Logan Hearp

Logan Hearp

Undergraduate Researcher

Logan is a Fulbright Honors junior pursuing a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Latin American Studies, graduating in 2020. After graduation, she plans to get her Master’s and PhD, continuing research and teaching at the post-secondary level. Her work in the Terhune Lab is focused on organizing and processing microCT and 3D data of mammal skulls.

Ashly Romero

Ashly Romero

PhD Student

Ashly uses geometric morphometrics to study craniofacial fluctuating asymmetry (FA). She is interested in characterizing patterns of FA across the Primates order and further investigating developmental stability and canalization in these taxa. Previous work includes examining craniofacial and dental effects of PCB-180 in rats at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and investigating how brain size correlates with morphological defense level in mammal groups at her undergraduate institution (CSULB). In her free time, Ashly enjoys public outreach and volunteering at the UArk Collections Facility where she works with their zoological collection. Ashly received her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach and her Master’s degree from the University of Arkansas.

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Caitlin Yoakum

Caitlin Yoakum

PhD Student

Caitlin received both her BA and MA in Anthropology at Texas Tech University with forensics and a classic minors. Her undergraduate thesis focused on blunt force trauma, specifically sequence and number of blows to the skull, while her MA thesis examined sexual dimorphism and the issues anthropologists face when attempting to assign sex to bioarchaeological remains using traditional secondary characteristic methods. With fieldwork focused in Belize and west Texas, an interest in European bioarcaehology, and morphometrics using 3D imagining, she joined the Terhune Lab in Fall 2016 to continue her career as a anthropologist at the PhD level at the University of Arkansas.

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Anastasia Young

Anastasia Young

Undergraduate researcher

Anastasia is a junior pursuing a BA in History as well as Anthropology through Fulbright College. After graduating in 2020, she hopes to attend graduate school to continue and share her love for learning by moving into a teaching position at the secondary or university level. This is her first time conducting research in a lab, and hopes that she can use the skills she learns in her future studies.

Lab Alumni

  • Sarah Cumpston, undergraduate researcher. Sarah completed her BS in Anthropology in May 2016. Her interests focus on primate evolution and diet, and she completed an independent study in the Terhune Lab where she assessed statistical variation in the primate masticatory apparatus. She presented her work in the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Spring 2016.
  • Jenifer Hubbard, undergraduate student and postbaccalaureate researcher. Jenifer received her BA in Biology and BS in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas in December 2014. She started in the lab compiling a faunal atlas of early Pleistocene European mammals (which she put to good use in Romania working on the Oltet Valley fossil collection in May 2016) and is expanding her research to include geometric morphometrics and ecomorphology.
  • Courtney Moore, undergraduate researcher. Courtney graduate with a BS in Anthropology in May of 2018. Her work in the Terhune Lab focused on examining the relationship between cervical spine posture and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), using X-ray analysis and geometric morphometrics. She presented her work at the annual meeting of the American Association of Anatomists in Spring 2018. 
  • Patricia Ramos, undergraduate researcher and honors student. Patricia graduated with a BS in Anthropology (cum laude) from the University of Arkansas in Spring 2017. She hopes to attend medical school in the fall of 2018. She has traveled to India and participated in the Tibetans in Exile Today program, and studied abroad in Tanzania. Her research interests involve looking into function and changes with trabecular bone structure in the masticatory apparatus of primates. Patricia’s Honors Thesis was titled “Trabecular Symmetry and Pathology in the Primate Temporomandibular Joint: A Functional Morphological Analysis”. She presented her work at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Spring 2017.