The following people currently serve as the Board of Trustees for The British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology.

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Michael B. C. Rivera

Communications Officer

Michael B. C. Rivera

Communications Officer (3 years)

Michael is a PhD candidate in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, specializing in human palaeopathology and coastal bioarchaeology. Previously, he acquired an MPhil degree in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Anthropology from the University of Kent. He has also worked with the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA), Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and the Institute of Forensic Sciences in Copenhagen, Denmark. Michael's PhD research explores the agricultural transition in coastal Estonia and Latvia, using skeletal data to reconstruct past fisher-forager lifeways in terms of health, diet and activity. He is also interested in modern human variation, and quantifying the extent to which natural selection, neutral evolutionary processes and phenotypic plasticity have each contributed to human skeletal morphology.

Michael's other activities involve giving professional development training to other students and academics, engaging with issues of climate change and food sustainability, and working in the public communication of science (online and offline). Michael sits on the BABAO Equality, Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee, and advocates for ethnoracial representation and LGBTQ+ equity in academia.

Job Description

Key Role:

The post holder will take particular responsibility for the development and implementation of community engagement. The communication and public outreach officer will work to increase the participation of the association, by maximising the use of the website, identifying community interests, interacting with the public and the association’s membership through the appropriate and available communication channels.

Main Responsibilities:

  1. To be responsible for developing, managing and promoting outreach resources, ensuring they are geared to the specific needs of the association.
  2. To develop and encourage the use of the website and making the materials accessible through this interactive portal.
  3. To ensure the queries from the members of the association are dealt with in a timely and appropriate manor.
  4. To promote the association and disseminate all committee material appropriately.