College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Melody Ratliff Wood

Ph.D Student, Anthropology
Adviser: Dr. Crawford
Primary office:
(785) 864-4172
Lippincott Hall, #7-D


M.A.  Forensic Anthropology, University of Montana, Missoula, 2014

Thesis: “Evaluating Morphoscopic Trait Frequencies of Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders

B.A.  Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2012

Research Interests

  • Population genetics
  • Human migration
  • Newfoundland
  • Ancestral markers
  • Forensic anthropology

Selected Presentations

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.

Selected Grants

Carroll D. Clark Research Grant, University of Kansas, Spring 2016

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


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