Dr. Joel D. Irish
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Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology
I am a bioarchaeologist with extensive academic and applied experience in dental anthropology, human Osteology, and paleopathology. I also have a strong background in prehistoric archaeology, having been involved in >30 seasons of archaeological and bioarchaeological fieldwork in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. A principal area of research involves a biocultural approach to the Upper Pleistocene through modern peopling of Africa, with a concentration on dental morphometric data to understand population origins, biological affinities, migration, and diachronic adaptation. I have assembled a large database of dental and osseous morphometric variants (313 variables in >5,000 individuals), recorded in North and sub-Saharan African samples from institutions throughout the world. Though concentrating on Upper Pleistocene through recent groups, I also apply this approach to Plio-Pleistocene hominins including, most recently, Australopithecus sediba in conjunction with colleagues from South Africa, the U.S., and France. Because of this and other research I have 2 co-edited books, one co-authored book, >60 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals and edited volumes, >70 presentations at regional, national, and international meetings, and various manuscripts under review or in progress.
With reference to academic background, I have nearly 20 years of full time experience in teaching and advising at the university level. I have taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses prior to joining LJMU, including: Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Human Biology, Paleoanthropology, Human Osteology, Analytical Techniques, Dental Anthropology, Human Genetics, and Proseminar in Physical Anthropology. In teaching I often incorporate a four-field approach, where appropriate, to present a more holistic picture. I am currently module leader for NAT6019 Advanced Forensic Anthropology at LJMU.
Beyond teaching, I have advised hundreds of students, served on >30 graduate committees in the U.S. and Europe, and at present am/was the Chair of 11 M.A. and nine Ph.D. student committees.
- Lee Berger
- Jose Braga
- Eric Crubezy
- Renee Friedman
- Darryl de Ruiter
- Jacek Kabacinski
- Michal Kobusiewicz
- Scott Legge
- Katina Lillios
- Alan Morris
- Greg C. Nelson
- Ben Potter
- Sandro Salvatori
- Romauld Schild
- G. Richard Scott
- Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg
- Christy G. Turner II
- Donatella Usai
- Roxie Walker
- 1993 Ph.D., Arizona State University, Biological Anthropology.
- 1984 M.S., Minnesota State University, Mankato, Anthropology (Continuing Studies Program).
- 1980 B.S., Minnesota State University, Mankato, Anthropology.
Prior Academic Experience:
1998-2012 Department Chair (2007-2012).
Professor & Curator of Biological Anthropology (2007-2012).
Associate Professor & Curator of Biological Anthropology (2002-2007).
Assistant Professor & Curator of Biological Anthropology (1998-2002).
Department of Anthropology and UAF Museum of the North, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
2000 Visiting Faculty: Combined Prehistoric Expedition Field School for Egyptian Antiquities Inspectors, Nabta Playa, Egypt. February 19-24. Fred Wendorf, Field School Director.
1999 Visiting Professor: Scuola estiva "Biologia Scheletrica e Antropologia Dentale" (1a Edizione). Organized by Università di Roma "La Sapienza" e Soprintendenza Archeologica per il Lazio. Tivoli, Italy. Member of a team of visiting professors: George Armelagos, Robert Corruccini, Alan Goodman, and Richard Meindl.
1995-1998 Assistant Professor (Vstg.): Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
1995 Faculty Associate: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA.
1992-1995 Adjunct Professor/Faculty Associate: Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University, Tempe.
Areas of Research Specialization:
- Dental anthropology
- Human origins and affinities
- Human skeletal biology
- Human adaptation and variation
- Human paleopathology
- Computer & statistical applications,microtaxonomy
- North and sub-Saharan Africa
Selected Service Activities:
2007-present Chair: Career Development Committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
2006-present ESF Pool of Referees: European Science Foundation, Strasbourg, France.
2003-present Editorial Board Member: International Journal of Dental Anthropology.
2008-2012 Associate Editor: American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
1998-2012 Forensic Anthropology Consultant: For Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, and State of Alaska Office of Public Advocacy.
1999-2011 Associate Editor: Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska. Fairbanks, AK.
2004-2010 Executive Board Member: Dental Anthropology Association.
2002-2004 President: Dental Anthropology Association.
1992-1995 Secretary-Treasurer: Dental Anthropology Association.
1990-1995 Co-Editor: Dental Anthropology Newsletter. Official publication of the Dental Anthropology Assoc.