Passionate about anthropology since childhood, Joanna graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in anthropology in 2009 and from Texas State University with a MA in biological anthropology in 2011. Trained in human osteology and forensic anthropology, her Master’s thesis focused on forensic taphonomy and methods of estimating time since death at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF) in San Marcos with a subsequent publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. She was a volunteer with the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State during her graduate studies, assisting Texas State anthropologists on forensic casework across the state. Her post-graduate experience includes disaster assessment and preparedness with AmeriCorps for the American Red Cross and medicolegal casework as a forensic technician. With ARC, she returns to her undergraduate goals in archaeology and bridges subfields with biological and archaeological analysis. She continues to hold research interests in bioarchaeology, mortuary archaeology, and taphonomy.