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Graduate student Megan Hanna Fry receives the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) grant in Spring 2020. She shares a few of her thoughts below:

“I joined the department in the fall of 2018, working with Dr. John Krigbaum and Dr. James Davidson focusing in bioarchaeology. I received my B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, and in 2019 my M.A. from the University of Florida. In addition, I am the current Coordinating-Editor for the New Florida Journal of Anthropology. I was awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF-GRF), starting fall 2020, which provides 3 years of funding toward my degree, allowing me to focus on my research and coursework.

In my research I broadly aim to understand settlement and social relations across Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. I utilize isotope, funerary, and osteological data to investigate health and mobility in Early-Mediaeval Britain. More specifically, I am trying to answer questions about violent death and identity. I compare heavy and light isotope values to mortuary and skeletal trauma data to understand if victims of ritual violent death were more likely to be migrants during the 4th to 9th centuries.”

Graduate Student


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Florida, 2019
  • B.A. Anthropology, University of Cincinnati, 2016



Biological Anthropology


Dr. John Krigbaum

Research Interests

Isotopes, Mobility, Diet Bioarchaeology, Osteology, Paleopathology, Demography, Mortuary Studies, 3D Modeling, Forensic Facial Reconstruction, Mediaeval Archaeology

Selected Publications

“The rs387907171 SNP inTYRP1is not associated with blond hair color on the Island ofBougainville”. American journal ofhuman biology. Heather L. Norton, Megan Hanna, Elizabeth Werren, Jonathan Friedlaender. 10/1/2015

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Travel Award, University of Florida, Spring 2020
  • Elizabeth Eddy Endowment, University of Florida, 2019
  • Grinter Fellowship, University of Florida, 2018-2019
  • Taft Undergraduate Summer Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, 2016
  • Taft Undergraduate Enrichment Award, University of Cincinnati, 2015
  • STEM Field School Award, University of Cincinnati, 2015
  • Taft Undergraduate Summer Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, 2015
  • STEM Field School Award, University of Cincinnati, 2015