B.A in Anthropology (University of Manitoba)
MPhil and PhD in Biological Anthropology (University of Cambridge)
PhD Thesis: Cranial Diversity and the Evolutionary History of South Asian Populations
Biological (Physical) Anthropology, Human Osteology, Evolution of Human Diversity, Affinities, Adaptations and Dispersals, Palaeopathology, Palaeodemography, Craniometry, Mortuary Practices, Statistics for Anthropology, Biological Anthropology of South Asians and Field Studies in Anthropology.
● Exploring patterns in the evolutionary history of regional populations from prehistoric to recent times, using techniques and methods in human osteology.
● Studying human dispersals, local adaptations, and affinities.
● Involved as a bioarchaeologist at excavation projects in Sri Lanka, where prehistoric and historic human skeletal remains are being recovered.
● Current research - focused on forensic applications and ancient DNA analyses. https://mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/MediaRoom/Newsroom/a-bone-crushing-experience.htm
● Regional focus:
○ Old World > South Asia > Sri Lanka https://mtroyal.academia.edu/SamantiKulatilake
○ New World > South America > Peru (current research)