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Kathryn O'Donnell Miyar is a bioarchaeologist specializing in dental anthropology and paleopathology and the application of these studies toward epidemiology and public health. Her regional focuses are in the Southeastern United States and Europe. Dr. Miyar received her B.A. at the University of Miami; her M.A. at Florida Atlantic University; and her Ph.D. at Florida State University. She was a postdoctoral researcher under Dr. Dennis Slice at the FSU Department of Scientific Computing, conducting collaborative research with the Anthropology Team at US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). Dr. Miyar is also a courtesy Research Faculty of the Florida Museum of Natural History's (FLMNH) Anthropology Department and is a committee member of the FLMNH Human Osteological Advisory Committee.
Dr. Miyar has been an Osteologist for the National Park Service (NPS) at the Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) in Tallahassee, FL since 2010. Her role as an osteologist for SEAC involves assisting the National Parks with legal compliance regarding the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), being the lead investigator for inadvertent discoveries of human remains in Southeastern National Parks, as well as a Principle Investigator in bioarchaeological research for the National Park Service and university affiliates, as well as Tribal collaborative research.
Her current research employs morphometric analyses to investigate modern human variation, environmental effects on skeletal development, and kinship reconstruction. She is also currently exploring population interaction during the St. Johns period through assessments of phenotypic variability as well as biocultural attributes. Dr. Miyar also has an interest in unique dental morphology, pathology and extramasticatory wear patterns in Florida Archaic populations. Miyar's research interests extend to epidemiology and public health and she has conducted research on the etiology of spina bifida in historic and modern Ireland. She is also a proponent of utilizing dental anthropological assessments of prehistoric populations to address modern dental problems such as malocclusions.