Dr María Castañeyra Ruiz graduated in Art History from the University of La Laguna, Tenerife, in 2008. Shortly afterwards she began her PhD in Physical Anthropology, in the Department of Ancient History and Anthropology and the Department of Anatomy, Pathology and Histology of the University of La Laguna where her PhD thesis focused on the ancient aborigines of La Gomera. She defended her thesis, obtaining the highest degree of excellence with Cum Laude distinction, in July 2015. She continued to work in the field of archaeology and anthropology, shortly before receiving the research grant from the Canary Islands Dr Manuel Morales Foundation to carry out their postdoctoral studies in the Face Lab of the University of Liverpool John Moores on craniofacial reconstructions, in 2017. Here she actively participated in the Project on The Quest For Ancestral Faces, performing 50 craniofacial depictions of Prehispanic Canarians.
She is currently working on the Migrant Disaster Victim Identification (MDVI) project at Face Lab, funded by the British Academy Knowledge Frontiers since 2018.
2015, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain, PhD Physical Anthropology
2011, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Spain, MA Mediation and Heritage Management in Europe.
2008, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain, BA Arts History
Diac MM, Earar K, Damian SI, Knieling A, Iov T, Shrimpton S, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Wilkinson C, Bulgaru Iliescu D. 2020. Facial Reconstruction: Anthropometric Studies Regarding the Morphology of the Nose for Romanian Adult Population I: Nose Width Applied Sciences, 10 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
González-Reimers E, González-Arnay E, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M. 2018. Identifying small pelvic inclusions through SEM technology International Journal of Paleopathology, :92-96 DOI Publisher Url
Camacho-Hernández CM, Perdigón-Alvarado E, Quintero-Platt G, Reyes-Suárez P, Vera-Delgado V, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Martín-González C, González-Reimers E. 2018. Digit ratios among the modern population of the Canary Islands European Journal of anatomy,
Gonzalez-Reimers E, Trujillo-Mederos A, C. Ordóñez A, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M. 2015. Sexual dimorphism: a comparative study between inhabitants from El Hierro and other populations of the Word. European Journal of Anatomy, 19 :59-64 Publisher Url Public Url
Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Trujillo-Mederos A, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M, González-Reimers E. 2014. Marked eburnation among prehispanic individuals from La Gomera (Canary Islands) Majorensis, Publisher Url Public Url
González-Reimers E, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Trujillo-Mederos2 A, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M. Differences in tibial shape among the Prehispanic inhabitants from Gomera, Punta Azul (El Hierro), and Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) Anthropologischer Anzeiger: Bericht uber die biologisch-anthropologische Literatur,
Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Trujillo-Mederos A, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M, González-Reimers E. Osteoarthritis among the prehispanic population from La Gomera and El Hierro (Canary Islands): a comparative study Anthropologischer Anzeiger: Bericht uber die biologisch-anthropologische Literatur, DOI Publisher Url
Arnay-de-la-Rosa M, González-Reimers E, Hernández-Marrero JC, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Trujillo-Mederos A, González-Arnay E, Hernández-León CN. Cartilage-derived tumor in a prehispanic individual from La Gomera (Canary Islands) International Journal of Paleopathology, DOI Publisher Url
González-Reimers E, Trujillo-Mederos A, Machado-Calvo M, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, C. Ordónez A, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M. A skeletal case of hypertrophic osteoarthropathy from the Canary Islands dating from 1000 BP International Journal of Paleopathology, DOI Publisher Url
Trujillo-Mederos A, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M, González-Reimers E, Carmona-Calero E, González-Toledo JM, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, C. Ordóñez A, Castañeyra-Perdomo3 A. Tibial marks in bare tibiae: relationship with robusticity indices European Journal of Anatomy,
Castaneyra-Ruiz M, López Guerrero R. ARCHAEOLOGICAL APPROACH AND WORK PROPOSALS ON “LLANO DEL SOMBRERO” (BETANCURIA, FUERTEVENTURA) XX Coloquio de Historia Canario-Americana,
Phillips F, Wilkinson C, Castaneyra-Ruiz M. Canarii: The Quest for Ancient Faces
Phillips F, Wilkinson C, Castaneyra-Ruiz M. La Busque de las Caras ancestrales -Canarii: The Quest for Acient faces
Other Professional Activity:
Public Engagement Event: Face Lab LJMU at Liverpool Museum for the Festival of Archaeology 26th July 2023 https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/whatson/museum-of-liverpool/event/face-lab. 2023
Liverpool John Moores University's Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence- Impact Story (2022) - Presented to Professor Caroline Wilkinson and the Face Lab team., Liverpool John Moores University. 2022
The Selwyn Award, The Royal Photographic Society, https://rps.org/news/bristol/2020/october/rps-awards-2020/. 2020
Research Team of the Year (awarded to Face Lab, LJMU) - Educate North Awards 2019, Educate North, https://www.educatenorth.co.uk/2019-winners. 2019
The 19th Biennial meeting of the International Association for Craniofacial identification. ‘Knowledge Transfer; presentation, ethics, bias and expectation’, Host and organiser, http://www.craniofacial-id.org/next-meeting.html. 2022