Rachael Byrd, Ph.D

Rachael Byrd, Ph.D
Adjunct Instructor of Anthropology


  • Bioarchaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Skeletal variation
  • Population genetics
  • Early agricultural societies
  • North American Southwest


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2019
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2012
  • B.A., Fort Lewis College, 2007


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About Rachael Byrd

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to the Southwest to attend FLC and the University of Arizona, focusing on Archaeology and Biological Anthropology. I have since relocated back to Colorado and split my time living in Durango and the northern San Luis Valley.

My experience includes teaching Introduction to Anthropology (4-field approach), Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Archaeology, Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Human Variation, and Women's Health from a Non-Western Perspective at The University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Fort Lewis College, and online with the Colorado Community College System. I have also worked as a Regional Training Specialist/Coach for the State of Colorado.

I have conducted extensive bioarchaeological work with southern Arizona and northern Sonora ancestral populations. My research involves studying how early human migrations and post-marital residence impacted biological variation in the North American Southwest to understand how people bioculturally adapt to changing subsistence patterns and transitioning social organization. 

In my free time, I enjoy running and hiking and playing with my 2 (almost 3) year-old son and Rhodesian Ridgeback.