Christopher Turner

PHD Student 

Photo of Christopher Turner giving a presentation




I moved to the United States when I was in my early 20’s from Scotland working on residential respite camps for children with disabilities in Connecticut in the mid 1990’s. In 2002 I joined the United States Army, as a Medic and Paratrooper. In this role I took an oath to bring every comrade home, even those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This is a duty I wish to continue and extend past my military service, by identifying remains of those discovered, giving them their names back. Everyone has the right to have their story finished, I wish to facilitate those stories conclusions. I wish to pursue finding methods to accurately determine ancestry from osteological markers.

As an undergraduate, at the University of California Santa Barbara, my focus was on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and why the signs and symptoms are so prevalent after major trauma. In our current environment this collection of symptoms appears to be maladaptive. Yet, are there environments where these conditions are not maladaptive?


  • M.A. Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida
  • B.A. Biological Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara (Highest Honors)


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