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Sophie Miller

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  • Title: Graduate Student
  • Phone: (541) 346-5109
  • Office: Condon Hall 365 Green
  • Adviser: Dr. Stephen Dueppen
  • Interests: social zooarchaeology, domestication, animal husbandry, sedentism, African archaeology
  • Website: Website

Education

PhD. in Anthropology, in progress, University of Oregon; M.A. in Anthropology (First Class Honors), 2015, University of Auckland, New Zealand; B.A.Hons in Anthropology, (First Class Honors), 2014, University of Auckland, New Zealand; B.A. in Anthropology and Ancient History, 2013, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Research

Sophie specialises in zooarchaeology, human osteology and dental anthropology. She has participated in several years of research and field work throughout the Pacific region, primarily in New Zealand, but also in the Southern Cook Islands, and Hawai’i. She has worked on field projects as well as laboratory analyses, including for the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and multiple institutions in New Zealand. Her research interests primarily include understanding human-animal interactions, particularly through the understanding of diet and health, and animal domestication and husbandry. Her focus area is zooarchaeology, namely domesticates. She has previously undertaken work studying oral pathologies (Linear Enamel Hypoplasia, Dental Calculus, and Caries) in pigs, dogs and humans in the Southern Cook Islands to determine markers of inter-specific competition and temporal changes in pathology prevalence in the archaeological population. She has also studied bone histology, where she applied modern histological methods of species identification to archaeological faunal remains also from the Southern Cook Islands. She has presented on this work at the International Conference of Archaeozoology (Argentina 2014) and the Society for American Archaeology (San Francisco 2015). 

Research Interests

Zooarchaeology, human-animal interactions, diet and health, morphometrics and functional morphology, Domestication, Animal Husbandry, Human Palaeoecology