Dr. Placher has a doctoral degree in Biological Anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and also holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Anthropology from Texas State University and a B.S. in Archaeology from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Placher has a variety of archaeological and bioarchaeological experience, having conducted fieldwork in Hawaii, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. She also has significant laboratory experience in conducting analyses of human skeletal remains from archaeological, medical, and forensic contexts. In addition to her field and laboratory experiences, Dr. Placher has taught university courses, workshops, and field schools in Biological Anthropology and Forensic Anthropology.