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Saige Kelmelis

Assistant Professor

ANTHROPOLOGY & SOCIOLOGY

UE-309

Phone: (605) 677-5402

Email: Saige.Kelmelis@usd.edu

Bio:

Dr. Kelmelis is a biological anthropologist who specializes in bioarchaeology, paleodemography, paleoepidemiology, and forensic anthropology. Her research involves the study of human skeletal remains to reconstruct aspects of life, health, disease, identity, and demography. She integrates methods and theory in osteology, paleodemography, epidemiology, and hazard analyses to explore the interplay between human biocultural behavior and infectious disease. Her recent work has focused on exploring the consequences of demographic transitions, like urbanization and agricultural innovation, on human-pathogen relationships in medieval skeletal assemblages from Denmark. Current and on-going research includes continuing to explore mortality risk and disease in monastic, urban, and rural medieval Denmark, the application of cementochronology to reconstruct human life histories in Bangladesh, and advancing statistical models in paleodemography.


Teaching Interests:

Biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, zooarchaeology, past health and epidemics, anthropological demography, and biocultural evolution. <br><br>


Research Interests:

Reconstructing life, health, disease, and demography from skeletal remains (bioarchaeology, paleodemography); hazard analyses and Bayesian statistics in human demography; cementochronology and human life histories in Bangladesh; effects of urbanization, climate change, and agricultural growth on health and disease in medieval Denmark; trauma and health in early modern Denmark.


Education:

  • Ph D, Anthropology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University, 2019
  • MS, Forensic Anthropology, Boston University School of Medicine , 2014
  • BA, Anthropology, Franklin Pierce University, 2011

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Forensic Symposium for Educators, Sirchie

Grants:

  • College of Arts & Sciences Travel Grant, College of Arts & Sciences. (2020 - Present)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant in Biological Anthropology: City living and biological frailty, National Science Foundation. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2018 - 2019)
  • Modeling variation in well-being in urban and rural skeletal samples from medieval Denmark, Wenner-Gren Foundation. Grant Role: Principal. (2017 - 2019)

Publications:

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  • Alexandersen, M, Bjerregaard, M M., Kelmelis, Saige, and Tarp, P. From the gallows to the grave - investigating the cause of death of seven skeletons from Renaissance Odense., 305-317. Vol. 76, Iss. 4. Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht uber die biologisch-anthropologische Literatur, 2019. (DOI: 10.1127/anthranz/2019/0959)
  • Kelmelis, Saige, and Pedersen, Dorthe D.. Impact of urbanization on tuberculosis and leprosy prevalence in medieval Denmark, 149-166. Vol. 76, Iss. 2. ANTHROPOLOGISCHER ANZEIGER, 2019. (DOI: 10.1127/anthranz/2019/0962)
  • Kelmelis, Saige, Price, Michael H., and Wood, Jim. The effect of leprotic infection on the risk of death in medieval rural Denmark, 763-775. Vol. 164, Iss. 4. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 2017. (DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23314)
  • Kelmelis, Saige, Kristensen, Vicki R., Alexandersen, Mette, and Dangvard Pedersen, Dorthe. Markets and Mycobacteria - a Comprehensive Analysis of the Influence of Urbanization on Leprosy and Tuberculosis Prevalence in Denmark (AD 1200-1536 ). In The Bioarchaeology of Urbanization. Springer Nature.

Awards and Honors:

  • Student Oral Presentation Award, European Anthropological Association, 2018

Presentations:

  • Kelmelis, Saige, Kristensen, Vicki R., Alexandersen, Mette, Dangvard Pedersen, Dorthe. Markets and Mycobacteria - a Comprehensive Analysis of the Influence of Urbanization on Leprosy and Tuberculosis Prevalence in Denmark (AD 1200-1536). Presented at the 89th American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA. (April 2020)
  • Kelmelis, Saige, Dangvard Pedersen, Dorthe. Impact of urbanization on tuberculosis and leprosy prevalence in medieval Denmark. Presented at the 88th American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH. (April 22, 2019)
  • Kelmelis, Saige, Price, Michael H., Wood, James W.. The effect of leprotic infection on the risk of death in medieval rural Denmark. Presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the European Anthropological Association , University of Southern Denmark, Odense, DK. (August 25, 2018)
  • Kelmelis, Saige, Price, Michael H., Wood, James W.. The effect of leprotic infection on the risk of death in medieval rural Denmark. Presented at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Bioarchaeologists' Northeast Regional Dialogue, Quinnipiac University, CT. (October 2017)
  • Kelmelis, Saige, Price, Michael H., Wood, James W.. The effect of leprotic infection on the risk of death in medieval rural Denmark. Presented at the 86th American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. (April 21, 2017)
  • Kelmelis, Saige. Buried within the abbey walls: paleopathological examination of skeletal remains from a rural, Danish Cistercian monastery. Presented at the 42nd Paleopathology Association Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. (March 25, 2015)
  • Kelmelis, Saige. Out of cold storage: inventory and osteological analysis of Hrdli?ka's back dirt remains from the Chaluka site. Presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Anthropological Association, Franklin Pierce University, NH. (October 2011)