Faculty and Staff

Ariane Thomas

Ariane Thomas

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Summary

My main research goal is to evaluate the efficacy of current DNA extraction and amplification techniques used in forensic and archaeological investigations.  My thesis, “An evaluation of the effectiveness of eukaryotic DNA extraction from burial soil samples”, explored the viability of soil as a relatively new source of genetic material.  This project analyzed the distance in which viable DNA from a deceased mammal leaches into the soil.  A more detailed account of my project can be found at the Interdisciplinary Collaboration Network website.  


B.A. in Anthropology and Criminology, Central Connecticut State University

Field of Study

Forensic applications of DNA, osteology, paleopathology, and dental microwear patterns