Curriculum Vitae


RESEARCH INTERESTS

Topics: origins and development of animal husbandry; animal domestication; paleoeconomy; subsistence strategies; ritual animal use
Time periods and regions: Neolithic/Chalcolithic Eastern Europe; Postclassic Mesoamerica, prehistoric Northeast US
Quantitative techniques: faunal analysis; human osteological analysis; isotope analysis & radiocarbon preparation

EDUCATION

PhD - University at Albany - SUNY
Anthropology (Archaeology): in progress
Dissertation: Animal Use at the Tripolye Site of Verteba Cave, Ukraine: Implications for the Spread of Animal Husbandry during the European Neolithic
Committee: Marilyn Masson (co-chair), Robert Feranec (co-chair, NYSM), Robert Rosenswig, Gwyn Madden (external, GSVU), Stuart Swiny (emeritus)

MA - University at Albany - SUNY
Anthropology (Biological Anthropology): 2010 - 2012
Thesis: Testing the Megaloblastic Anemica Hypothesis: How Well Do We Understand the Etiology of Porotic Hyperostosis and Cribra Orbitalia?
Advisors: Tim Gage, Sharon DeWitte (external, USC)

BA - Syracuse University
Anthropology, Mathematics: 2006 - 2009
summa cum laude; Distinction in Anthropology
Honors thesis: The Effect of Industrialization and Urbanization on the Poor from 19th-Century Manhattan
Advisors: Shannon Novak, Douglas Armstrong

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Dissertation Research Fellowship, New York State Museum: 2014 - 2015

David Scotchmer Essay Award, Institute of Mesoamerican Studies: 2014

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

2015, Karsten, J.K., Heins, S.E., Madden, G.D., Sokohatskyi, M.P. Dental Health and the Transition to Agriculture in Prehistoric Ukraine. European Journal of Archaeology.

2015, Karsten, J.K., Heins, S.E., Madden, G.D., Sokohatskyi, M.P. Bioarchaeological Analysis of Anthropological Material from Verteba Cave. Stratum Plus 2015(2). (In Russian).

2014, Karsten, J.K., Heins, S.E., Madden, G.D., Sokohatskyi, M.P. The Biological Implications of the Transition to Agriculture in Ukraine: A Study of Enamel Hypoplasias. Dental Anthropology 27.

RESEARCH GRANTS

2015, Dissertation Research Fellowship Award ($1000) - University at Albany

2015, Graduate Research Award ($500) - Benevolent Association of University at Albany

2015, Research Grant ($500) - Initiatives for Women, University at Albany

2015, Research Award ($200) - Graduate Student Association of University at Albany

2013, Student Research Award ($250) - College of Arts and Sciences, University at Albany

2009, Crown Award ($2,150) - Honors Program, Syracuse University

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2015, Heins, S.E., Karsten, J.K., Madden, G.D. Cranial Clusters: Mortuary Patterns in Eneolithic Verteba Cave, Western Ukraine. Poster presentation, 84th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. St. Louis, MO. Accepted.

2015, Heins, S.E., Karsten, J.K. Fauna from the Eneolithic Mortuary Site of Verteba Cave, Ukraine. Poster presentation, 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. San Francisco, CA. Accepted.

2014, Karsten, J.K., Heins, S.E., Madden, G.D. Violence at Verteba Cave: Skeletal Trauma as Evidence for Raiding in Eneolithic Ukraine. Podium presentation, 21st Annual Meeting of Midewest Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Association. Allendale, MI.

2014, Heins, S.E. Craft Bone Toolmaking at Postclassic Mayapan. Podium presentation to Invited Symposium - Animals in Ancient New World Economy and Exchange, 79th Annual Meeting of Society for American Archaeology. Austin, TX.

2013, Heins, S.E., Karsten, J.K., Madden, G.D. Physiological Stressors in an Eneolithic Ukrainian Skeletal Sample. Podium presentation, 3rd Annual Bioarchaeologists' Northeast Regional Dialogue Conference. Syracuse, NY.

2012, Heins, S.E. Differential Mortality in Albany using Cemetery and Skeletal Data. Poster presentation, 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropology. Portland, OR.

2012, Heins, S.E.Mortality Differences in Albany. Podium presentation, 2nd Annual Meeting Bioarchaeologists' Northeast Regional Dialogue Conference. Albany, NY.

2011, Heins, S.Global Gender Gaps. Podium presentation, 1st Annual Bioarchaeologists' Northeast Regional Dialogue Conference. Albany, NY.

2010, Van Bell, T., Acerbo, A.S., Heins, S.E., Smith, R., Miller, L.M. Analysis of PSAPP Mouse Tibia en Bloc using FTIR Reflection Microspectroscopy. Poster presentation, Student Research Symposium. Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY.

2010, Acerbo, A.S., Heins, S., Tommasini, S.M., Trinward, A., Judex, S., Carr, G.L., Miller, L.M. Determination of Bone Chemical Composition and Distribution en Bloc using Fourier Transform Infrared Imaging. Poster presentation, Users' Meeting. Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY.

2008, Ellis, M.A.B., Heins, S., Morris, J. Metabolic Conditions in Spring Street Vault IV Children. Poster presentation, Society of Historical Archaeology Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

FIELD AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Project Zooarchaeologist
2012 - present, International Tripolye Heritage Project (Directors: Mykhailo Sokohatskyi, Dr. Jordan Karsten, & Dr. Gwyn Madden)

Archaeological Field School
2014, Pethick Archaeology Field School - University at Albany and New York State Museum, Schoharie, NY (Directors: Dr. Sean Rafferty & Dr. Chris Reith)
2012, Verteba Cave Bioarchaeology Field School - Grand Valley State University, Borschiv, Ukraine (Director: Dr. Gwyn Madden)

Human Osteology Laboratory
2010 - 2012, NAGPRA Laboratory, New York State Museum, Albany, NY (Supervisor: Lisa Anderson)
2008 - 2009, Osteology Laboratory, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (Supervisor: Dr. Shannon Novak)

Biochemistry Research Assistant
2010, National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY (Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Miller)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

GIS Workshop, Anthropology Graduate Student Organization, University at Albany: 2013

Introduction to X-Ray XRF Devices Course, Bruker AXS Handheld Inc., Syracuse University: 2009

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

Organization Committee, Bioarchaeologists' Northeast Regional Dialogue Conference: 2013 - 2014

Organization Committee (Chair), Bioarchaeologists' Northeast Regional Dialogue Conference: 2011 - 2012

DEPARTMENTAL/UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Grants Committee, Graduate Student Organization, University at Albany: 2014 - 2015

Website Development Workshop, University at Albany: November 12, 2013; March 7, 2014

Vice President, Anthropology Graduate Student Organization, University at Albany: 2012 - 2013

Secretary, Anthropology Graduate Student Organization, University at Albany: 2010 - 2012

Graduate Student Organization Representative, Anthropology Graduate Student Organization, University at Albany

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Association of Physical Anthropologists
Society for American Archaeologists
International Council for Archaeozoology
Institute of Mesoamerican Studies
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society
Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society