Ph.D.: Biological Anthropology, Anticipated Graduation: May 2018
Dissertation: "Mitochondrial Haplogrouping and Short-Tandem Repeat Analyses for Anthropological Research using Next-Generation Sequencing Technologies."
M.A. Forensic Anthropology, University of Montana, Missoula, 2014
B.A. Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2012
- Population genetics
- Haplogroup resolution
- Haplogrouping accuracy
- MtDNA heteroplasmies
- Next-Generation Sequencing Technologies
- Massively Parallel Sequencing
- Human migration
- Ancestry informative markers
- Forensic anthropology
- Military conflict identification
M. Wood, K. Sturk-Andreaggi, W. Parson, M. Crawford, C. Marshall. Resolution of mtDNA Haplogroups B2 and B4 using Next-Generation Sequencing of the Entire Mitochondrial Genome. Submitting to Forensic Science International: Genetics, 2018.
MD Ratliff (2015) Correlations among morphoscopic traits in peoples of the Pacific. Presented at the 84th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St. Louis, MO.
MD Ratliff (2014) Morphoscopic Trait Frequencies of Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders. Presented at the 66th annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA.
KA Hauther, MD Ratliff, KM Collins (2014) Hydrochloric Acid Treatment on Dismembered Pig Remains: A case study of the Snowtown murders. Poster presented as the Young Forensic Scientist Forum at the 66th annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA.
MD Ratliff (2014) Evaluating Morphoscopic Trait Frequencies of Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders: Clinal Distribution Patterns. Poster presented at the 83rd annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropology, Calgary, Alberta, CA.
MD Ratliff (2013) Morphoscopic Trait Frequencies of Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders: A preliminary examination. Presented at the 1st annual Western Bioarchaeology Group conference, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Delaware - Research Intern, 2017
Carroll D. Clark Summer Research Grant, University of Kansas, 2017
Carroll D. Clark Research Grant, University of Kansas, Spring 2016
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii- Research Intern, 2013
Academic Enrichment Funding Award- University of Montana, 2013: "Hydrochloric Acid Treatment on Dismembered Pig Remains: A case study of the Snowtown murders"
Research Travel Award- University of Montana, Montana Anthropology Student Association, 2013: M.A. Thesis Research