MASA Students

Student Leaders

Lauren Clark - Undergrad / Co-President





  Lauren is a senior at the University of Montana and is a double major in Biology and Anthropology.
She hopes to reinvigorate the Montana Anthropology Student Association during her time at UM.
She enjoys running, mountain biking, reading, and backpacking in her spare time.
Take a moment to send her an email about your interests in Anthropology and why MASA matters to you!



Myriah is a second year Masters student within the forensic anthropology program. She is currently working on her master's thesis titled 3D Printing of the Proximal Right Femur: Its Implications in the Fields of Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology. She hopes to use her research to determine methods that forensic anthropologists can use out in the field and the lab, which can later be applied to preservation techniques that archaeologist can use to preserve artifacts while still being able to research said artifacts...tombs, burials, bones, burial goods, etc. She enjoys writing stories with her friend back in Texas, and they are currently halfway through some of their works. When she is not writing, going to school or working she likes to spend her time watching Dr. Who or studying Egypt and the Middle East up until the death of Salahuddin Ayyubi. In her times as co-president, she hopes to get people inspired to join and participate in the Montana Anthropological Student Association through different projects and activities. Feel free to send her an email about your interest in Anthropology or early Middle Eastern Studies/ Egypt

Myriah Allen - Master's Student / Co-President



Ren Freeman - PhD Student / Co-Vice President


Alexis Rizzolo - Master's Student / Co-Treasurer




Caleb is a Junior studying Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana.
He studies cryptozoology and ethnobiology in his free time, alongside hiking, camping, and canoeing.

Caleb Smith - Undergrad / Co-Treasurer


Tre Blohm - PhD Student / Secretary

Tre Blohm



Tre is a first-year graduate student at the University of Montana and graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Spring 2018 with a Bachelors of Science degree majoring in both Anthropology and Biology. He is primarily interested in studying ancient DNA (aDNA), which is a continuation of his undergraduate research that focused on identifying the Mycobacterial Tuberculosis Complex in Eneolithic skeletal samples. Tre has also dabbled in bioinformatics and taught himself some basics for his senior anthropology capstone research project where he worked on identifying which bones in his sample contained the highest amount of endogenous DNA. Tre plans to continue work his research on aDNA in the Snow Lab, here at the University of Montana, with a focus on identifying disease and its impact on ancient humans.




Michaela Shifley is currently in her third year as a PhD student in Cultural Heritage and Applied Anthropology, with a specific focus in museum anthropology. Her dissertation topic is based on investigating the biographies of Plains Indian moccasins.
To date, she has completed two fellowships with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and is set to complete anther one at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY this upcoming spring.

Michaela Shifley - PhD Student / Historian


Previous Board Members From The 2017-2018 Academic Year

Lauren Clark - President
Nikki Manning - Vice President
Jade Winters - Treasurer and Secretary