Monica Faraldo

Research Support Coordinator

(305) 243-3480
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Monica Faraldo (BA, MA University of Miami) is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Miami. Her research agenda focuses on the peopling of the New World through osteological analyses of ancient skeletal material from sites in Costa Rica and Florida.  Her research projects in Florida also include food ways of early residents of Key West and the 17th century Spanish treasure ships which sank in Florida waters.  She has presented more than 15 professional papers on her research projects since coming to the University of Miami.  Her active teaching schedule incorporates her research with hands-on excavations in Key West at the famous Audubon House site.  She brings her practical experiences and certifications in police medicolegal investigation of death, international forensic photography and imaging, forensic odontology and others, to her popular courses in human osteology and forensic anthropology for undergraduates.  Ms. Faraldo has also adapted her forensic background and teaching expertise in a summer, hands-on program for advanced secondary students.  Her students can be found testing various projectiles on simulated human tissue and bone at law enforcement firing ranges,  attending autopsies at the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s office, excavating a notorious prison site on a tropical island off Costa Rica, presenting papers on their own research at venues like the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and pursing exciting careers biological anthropology in top-rated doctoral programs across the United States.