Alex Denning, M.Sc., RPA

IMG_4201Alex Denning holds a Master of Science in Human Osteology and Palaeopathology from the University of Bradford (UK) and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Muhlenberg College (PA). Alex’s research explores mobility and migration of populations from biochemical, biomechanical, and paleopathological perspectives. Prior to the masters, Alex traveled to Huari, Peru to excavate burial structures, supervise students, and assist with preparing remains and artifacts for curation. Alex has been working as a contract archaeologist in the Philadelphia area since returning from England. When not digging, Alex works as an autopsy technician and as an intern at The Mütter Museum conserving the museum’s wet specimen collection. 

Ani Nicole Hatza, M.S., RPA

2012HatzaAni Hatza earned her Master of Science degree in Forensic and Biological Anthropology from Mercyhurst University, and received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College, where she studied Anthropology and Political Science. Since 2011 she has participated in numerous forensic anthropology cases requiring forensic archaeological field recoveries and laboratory analyses of human remains, providing assitance to law enforcement and coroners’ offices in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. Her graduate research focused on improving statistical methods to estimate stature from the lower limb bones when ancestry of the deceased individual is unknown. She has given a number of presentations and lectures in the areas of forensic anthropology and archaeology, comparative osteology, biological profile estimation and skeletal trauma assessment, and is an active member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Anthropology section. 

In addition to her work in anthropology and archaeology, Ani works at The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education, where she coordinates continuing education and professional development initiatives in the form of on- and off-site courses and seminars across several forensic disciplines. 

Kimberlee Sue Moran, MSc, RPA

FieldExerciseFullShotKimberlee Moran has been a practicing archaeologist since 2000, and a forensic consultant and educator since 2002.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Classical and Near Eastern archaeology from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters of Science in forensic archaeological science from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London.  Kimberlee has worked on a number of cases in a range of capacities; has been a provider of forensic services to legal professionals in the UK; and most recently has run training workshops for local law enforcement.  She helped to launch the JDI Centre for the Forensic Sciences in 2010 and has run an educational organization, Forensic Outreach, since 2004.  Kimberlee is an active member of the Society for American Archaeology, the UK Fingerprint Society, the Association for Women in Forensic Science, and Forensic Archaeology Recovery.  Her doctoral research is in the field of ancient fingerprints.  She teaches a three semester sequence of forensic science for Rutgers-Camden.

Tovah Mitchell, MLitt


Tovah Mitchell earned her master’s degree in Material Culture and Artifact Studies at the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland. There she studied artifact handling and conservation, as well as human osteology and Northern European archaeology.  Her graduate research was on the educational value of museum exhibits.  While in Scotland she completed an internship with Glasgow Museums, where she gained a broad range of experience in museum curation and conservation techniques. Tovah holds her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Delaware, where her studies focused on European history and archaeology of the Eastern and Southwestern United States. However, Tovah’s primary academic interests include Neolithic and Bronze Age Scotland and Viking archaeology. Tovah manages all cataloging, handling and preservation of the artifacts being recovered at the Whispering Woods site. She is also currently a Wood Institute Research Associate at the Mütter Museum, where she assists with collections management and conservation of the Museum’s skeletal collection and other exhibits.