Dr. Bonny Ford

Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Office: Breland Hall 304
Office Phone: 575-646-5940

Bonny received her B.S. from the University of New Mexico and her Master’s degree from the University of Montana. Her master’s thesis, entitled “Multivariate Statistical Analysis of Three Crania Housed at the University of Montana Physical Anthropology Lab”, was an examination of the population affinity of three crania with unknown origins using discriminant function analysis. She has presented research on the Xiongnu culture (3rd century B.C. to 2nd century A.D.) of Mongolia, which entailed statistical analyses of 2-dimensional craniofacial measurements of Mongolians from various time periods and surrounding populations with an aim at examining genetic diversity and population history. More recently, she has presented research related to the taxonomy of crania from the Dmanisi site in the Republic of Georgia with an aim at examining the first dispersal of hominins out of Africa. Bonny completed her Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology at Texas A&M University in 2018. Her dissertation, entitled “Genetic Variation in Central Asia: An Examination of Population History and Structure,” is a molecular examination of Central Asian populations with a specific focus on population structure and history.

Bonny has done archaeological fieldwork at two Paleoindian sites, one in Central Montana and the other in British Columbia. Her research interests include hominin dispersals/migrations, human variation, skeletal biology, modern human origins and the peopling of Central Asia.