Western University AntropologyWestern Social Science

Andrea Waters-Rist

Associate Professor - Biological Anthropology

PhD 2011 (University of Calgary)
Office: Social Science Centre 3427
Tel: 519 661-2111  ext. 85091
E-mail: awaters8@uwo.ca

 

 

Research Interests

Dr. Waters-Rist is a Biological Anthropologist focusing on a range of research avenues within the subfield of Human Osteoarchaeology. Dr. Waters-Rist uses stable isotope and synchrotron-based trace element methods to reconstruct the diets of past populations, focusing in particular on infant feeding practices. Dr. Waters-Rist also analyses human skeletal and dental remains for evidence of a wide range of diseases and activity-induced modifications, and assesses patterns of growth and development. She is currently working on skeletal remains from various geographic areas and temporal periods, including post-Medieval Dutch rural and urban populations, Neolithic to Iron Age Siberian hunter-gatherers and pastoralists, and pre-Columbian Nicaraguan agriculturalists.

Selected List of Publications

In press. Waters-Rist A.L. Stable isotope evidence for infant feeding practice variables in past populations: Breastfeeding and weaning in ancient Siberian foragers. In: Exploring Human Behavior through Stable Isotope Analysis: Applications in Archaeological Research. Beasley M., Sommerville A. (eds). Springer Publishing Company.

In press. Waters-Rist A.L., Jeneson K., Halbertsma R. New insights about the Lady of the Roman Simpelveld sarcophagus, The Netherlands. BABesch: Annual Papers on Mediterranean Archaeology.

In press. Saers J.P.P.., Hoogland, M.L.P., van Rijn, R.R., Schats, R., van der Merwe L.E., Waters-Rist, A.L. Habitual activity in pre-industrial rural and urban Dutch populations: a study of lower limb cross-sectional geometry. Bioarchaeology International.

2017. Waters-Rist A.L., Schats R., Hoogland M.L.P. Ethical issues in human osteoarchaeology: recommendations for best practice in The Netherlands. In: The Urban Graveyard: Archaeological Perspectives. van Oosten R, Schats R., Fast K, Arts N, Bouwmeester J (eds). Sidestone Press: The Netherlands.

2017. Losey R. J., Waters-Rist A. L., Nomokonova T., Kharinskii A.A. A second mortuary hiatus on Lake Baikal in Siberia and the arrival of small-scale pastoralism. Scientific Reports 7: 2319. DOI 10.1038/s41598-017-02636-w

2016. Alfaro A.E., Waters-Rist A.L., Zbrover D. An osteobiography of a Oaxacan late adolescent female. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 13: 759-772. doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.12.016

2016. Waters-Rist A.L., Losey R.J., Nomokonova T., Turkin G.V., Goriunova O.I. (In Russian) Pervye dannye po analizam stabil’nykh isotopov pogrebenii posdnego golotsena v Pribaikal’e i ikh radiouglerodnoe datirovanie [First data on the stable isotope analysis of the human remains from the Late Holocene sites of Cis-Baikal and their radiocarbon dating]. Izvestiia IGU. Seriia Geoarkheologiia, Etnologiia, Antropologiia.

2016. Nater C.I., Theuws F.C.W.J., Waters-Rist A.L. Osteological evidence of achondroplasia in an individual from medieval Reusel, the Netherlands. Journal of Paleopathology 26: 73–83.

2016. Carroll G., Inskip S.A., Waters-Rist A.L. Case Report: A suspected case of inverted Schneiderian papilloma in the nasal choanae of an adult male from Post-Medieval Europe. International Journal of Paleopathology 12: 53-62.

2015. Faccia K., Waters-Rist A.L., Lieverse A.R., Bazaliiskii V.I., Stock J.T., Katzenberg M.A. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) in a Middle Holocene forager from Lake Baikal, Russia: Potential causes and the effect on quality of life. Quaternary International 405: 66-79

2015. Ziesemer K.A., Mann A.E., Sankaranarayanan K., Schroeder H., Ozga A.T., Brandt B.W., Zaura E., Waters-Rist A.L., Hoogland M.L.P., Salazar Garcia D.C., Mark Aldenderfer M., Speller C., Hendy J., Weston D.A., MacDonald S.J., Thomas G.H., Collins M.J., Lewis Jr. C.M., Hofman C., Warinner C. Intrinsic challenges in ancient microbiome reconstruction using 16S rRNA gene amplification. Scientific Reports: 16498. doi 10.1038/srep16498.

2015. Waters-Rist A.L., Bazaliiskii V.I., Goriunova O.I., Weber A.W., Katzenberg M.A. Evaluating the biological discontinuity hypothesis of Cis-Baikal Early versus Late Neolithic/Bronze Age populations using dental non-metric traits. Quaternary International 405: 122-133.

2015. Carroll G., Inskip S., Waters-Rist A.L. Assessing the Impact of Anemia on Stable Isotope Ratios using the Medieval Population of Ecija, Spain. Journal of Palaeopathology: XIII Spanish Palaeopathology Association Meeting 25.

2014. Waters-Rist A.L., Faccia K., Lieverse A., Bazaliiskii V.I., Katzenberg M.A., Losey R.J. Multicomponent analyses of a hydatid cyst from an Early Neolithic hunter–fisher–gatherer from Lake Baikal, Siberia. Journal of Archaeological Science 50: 51-62.

2014. Palmer J.L.A., Hoogland M.L.P., Waters‐Rist A.L. Activity reconstruction of Post‐Medieval Dutch rural villagers from upper limb osteoarthritis and entheseal changes. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. doi 10.1002/oa.2397

2013. Waters-Rist A.L., Hoogland M.L.P. Osteological evidence of short-limbed dwarfism in a nineteenth century Dutch family: Achondroplasia or hypochondroplasia. International Journal of Paleopathology 3(4): 243-256.

2013. Veselka B., Hoogland M.L.P., Waters-Rist A.L. Rural rickets: Vitamin D deficiency in a Post-Medieval farming community from The Netherlands. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. doi 10.1002/oa.2329.

2012. Waters-Rist A.L. A unique case of mandibular osteomyelitis arising from tooth germ infection in a 7,000-year-old infant from Siberia. Dental Anthropology 25: 15-25.

2012. Losey R.J., Bazaliiskii V.I., Lieverse A., Waters-Rist A.L., Faccia K., Weber A.W. The bear-able likeness of being: Ursine remains at the Shamanka II cemetery, Lake Baikal, Siberia. In: Oneness and Otherness: Self and Identity in Relation to Material and Animal Worlds. Routledge Press: UK.

2011. Waters-Rist A.L., Bazaliiskii V.I., Weber A., Katzenberg M.A. Infant and child diet in Neolithic hunter-fisher-gatherers from Cis-Baikal, Siberia: Intra-long bone stable nitrogen and carbon isotope ratios. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 146(2): 225-241.

2010. Waters-Rist A.L., Bazaliiskii V.I., Weber A., Goriunova O.I., Katzenberg M.A. Activity-induced dental modification in Holocene Siberian hunter-fisher-gatherers. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143: 266-278.

2010. Waters-Rist A.L., Katzenberg M.A. 2010. The effect of growth on stable nitrogen isotope ratios in subadult bone collagen. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 20: 172-191.

Selected List of Conference Presentations

2017. Waters-Rist A.L., Hoogland M.L.P. Stable Isotope Reconstruction of Maladaptive Breastfeeding and Weaning Practices in a 19th Century Rural Dutch Community: The Effect of Possible Negative Nitrogen Balance on Stable Nitrogen Isotope Values. Invited Poster Presentation at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, held in New Orleans, USA.

2017. Palmer J.L., Waters-Rist A.L., Lieverse A. A proposed method for scoring subadult entheseal morphology. Poster presentation at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, held in New Orleans, USA.

2017. Chilcote C., Waters-Rist A.L., Hoogland M.L.P., Agarwal S.C. Age and Sex-related Changes in Cross-Sectional Geometry in a 17th-19th Century Rural Dutch Population. Poster presentation at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, held in New Orleans, USA

2017. Veselka B., van der Merwe L., Hoogland M.L.P, Waters-Rist A.L. Gender-related risk of vitamin D deficiency development in a Dutch post-medieval farming community. Invited podium presentation at the Paleopathology Association Annual Meeting, held in New Orleans, USA.

2017. Colombo A., Coquegnoit H., Hoogland M.L.P, Dutour O., Waters-Rist A.L. Early diagnosis of genetic dwarfism can be assessed on perinates by μCT-scan analysis of trabecular bone microarchitecture. Poster presentation at the Paleopathology Association Annual Meeting, held in New Orleans, USA.

2017. Palmer J.L., Quintelier K., Waters-Rist A.L. A probable case of metastatic carcinoma from post-Medieval Belgium. Poster presentation at the Paleopathology Association Annual Meeting, held in New Orleans, USA.

2016. Waters-Rist A.L. Synchrotron-based X-Ray Fluorescence of Strontium and Calcium in Dental Enamel for the Reconstruction of Breastfeeding and Weaning Practices in Past Populations. Podium presentation to the British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, held in Kent University, UK.

2016. Waters-Rist A.L., Nomokonova T., Kharinskii A., Losey R.J. Dietary Isotope and Paleopathology Reconstruction of the First Pastoralists from Cis-Baikal, Siberia. Podium presentation at the European Association of Archaeology Annual Meeting, held in Vilnius, Lithuania

2016. Schats R., Waters-Rist A.L., van Hattem IJ. A palaeopathological and isotopic approach to dietary changes in medieval Holland. Podium presentation at the European Association of Archaeology Annual Meeting, held in Vilnius, Lithuania.

2016. Mulder B., Van Rietbergen B., Waters-Rist A.L. Comparing microarchitecture with macromorphology: Is entheseal change a marker of activity? Podium presentation at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, held in Atlanta, USA.

2016. Zachary L., Inskip S., Waters-Rist A.L., Hoogland M.L.P. Sex Differences in Dental Caries in Medieval Alkmaar, The Netherlands. Poster presentation at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, held in Atlanta, USA.

2016. Carroll G.M.A., Waters-Rist A.L, Inskip S.A. Functional and Phenotypic Sequelae of Idiopathic Hyperostosis of the Basicranial Foramina: Three Cases from 19th Century Holland. Poster presentation at the Human Biology Association, held in Atlanta, USA.

2015. Waters-Rist A.L. Stable isotopes analysis of diet in past populations: delving into the interplay of dietary choices, growth patterns, and health outcomes. Keynote address at the Paleodiet meets Paleopathology Congress: Using Skeletal Biogeochemistry to Link Ancient Health, Food and Mobility, held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

2015. Waters-Rist, A.L. Repetitive Linear Enamel Hypoplasia as Evidence of Annual Seasonal Stress in mid-Holocene Foragers from South-western Lake Baikal, Siberia. Poster presentation at the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, held in Sheffield, UK.

2015. Alfaro M.E., Waters-Rist A.L., Zborover D. An Osteobiography of a Oaxacan Chontal Young Adult Female. Podium presentation at the Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, held in San Francisco, USA.

2014. Veselka B., Hoogland M.L.P., Waters-Rist A.L. Gender related vitamin D deficiency in a Dutch post-Medieval farming community. Podium presentation at the British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, held in Durham, UK.

2014. Snaaijer A.M., Hoogland M.L.P., Waters-Rist A.L. A case-study of severe congenital scoliosis and brachial plexus injury from the 19th century Netherlands. Poster presentation at the British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, held in Durham, UK.

2014. Waters-Rist A.L., Hoogland M.L.P. The Effects of the Potato Blight on a Rural Dutch Population: Demographic and Osteological Data on Morbidity and Mortality during a Three-year Subsistence Crisis. Podium presentation at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, held in Calgary, Canada.

2014. Waters-Rist A.L. Non-Cereal Based Weaning Foods and Infant Feeding Patterns in Forager Populations: A Case-Study from Ancient Foragers from the Lake Baikal Region of Siberia. Podium presentation at the Symposium "Allaitement et pratiques de sevrage: approches pluridisciplinaires et diachroniques" (Breastfeeding and weaning practices: multidisciplinary and diachronic approaches) held in Paris, France.

2013. Waters-Rist A.L., Bazaliiskii V.I., Weber A.W., Goriunova O.I., Katzenberg M.A. Evaluating the Biological Discontinuity Hypothesis for Mid-Holocene Populations from Cis-Baikal Siberia, Using Dental Non-Metric Traits. Podium presentation at the Society for American Archaeology, held in Honolulu, USA.

2013. Waters-Rist A.L., Braekmans D., Hoogland M.L.P. New Archaeological Examples of Dental Prosthetics: Dentures from the Nineteenth Century Village of Middenbeemster, The Netherlands. Poster presentation at the British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, held in Southampton, UK.

2012. Waters-Rist A.L., McCafferty G. Health and Diet at the Prehispanic Site of El Rayo, Nicaragua. Podium presentation at the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, held in Bournemouth, UK.

2012. Waters-Rist A.L., Hoogland M.L.P. Osteological Evidence of Achondroplastic Dwarfism in a Nineteenth Century Dutch Family. Podium presentation at the European Paleopathology Association, held in Lille, France.

2012. Schats R, Hermsen R, Stamouli A, Davies G, Waters-Rist A.L, Hoogland M.L.P. Forensic ApApproach to Medieval Gunshot Trauma. Podium presentation at the European Paleopathology Association, held in Lille, France

Recent Research Funding

2017-2022 Granting Agency: European Research Council, Starting Grant. Project Title: “Breastfeeding and Weaning in the Past and Present: Implications for Health, Demography, and Social-Cognition”. Role: Leader, €1,498,393.

2014-2017 Granting Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant. Project Title: “The Deep History of Humans and Their Dogs in the North”. Role: Collaborator. CAN $241,299.

2013-2015 Granting Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant. Project Title: "Small Places of Large Importance: A Bioarchaeological Exploration of Small Prehistoric Sites in the Lake Baikal Region of Siberia, Russia”. Role: Collaborator. CAN $75,000.

2013-2014 Granting Agency: Gerda Henkel Stiftung Foundation, Research Projects. Project Title: “The Osteoarchaeology of Pastoralism in Cis-Baikal, Russia (Southern Siberia)”. Role: Collaborator. €25,000.

2012-2014 Granting Agency: Marie Curie Research Grant, European Research Council, International Incoming Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Project Title: “Osteoarchaeology of the Dutch Middenbeemster post-Medieval Cemetery: Lifeways of a Colonizing Farming Community during the Little Ice Age”. Role: Principal Investigator. €192,724.

2011-2018 Granting Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Major Collaborative Research Initiative Grant. Project Title: “Holocene Hunter-Gatherers of Northeast Asia”.Role: Co-investigator with circa 25 international scholars. CAN $2,500,000.

Teaching and Graduate Supervision

In 2017-2018 I will be teaching these courses:

1) Anthropology 2238B: Reading Life and Death through the Human Body

2) Anthropology 3338F: Skeletal Biology

3) Anthropology 4498B (Honours Undergraduate Level) & 9108B (Graduate Level): Special Topics in Anthropology: Advanced Research in Paleopathology and Paleodiet

In 2016 while at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and still running throughout 2017 & 2018, I created a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled “Osteoarchaeology: The Truth in Our Bones”. This course is about what we can learn from examining the human skeleton, and how we can use this knowledge to reconstruct the lives of people who lived in the past. In archaeology and anthropology, human skeletal remains can provide unique insights into the past and the present; insights that cannot be gained otherwise.

Anyone, at any skill level, can take the course (for free!), consisting of 5 modules covering the topics of 1) Bones to Biography and Demography, 2) Bones to Disease and Trauma, 3) Bones to Diet, 4) Bones to Activity, and 5) Bones to Mobility and Migration.

The course start date reoccurs monthly. We’ve had over 10,000 users to date! Visit this Coursera Homepage to learn more and register: https://www.coursera.org/learn/truthinourbones-osteoarchaeology-archaeology

While at Leiden University, in the Netherlands, from 2011-2017, I supervised over 40 MSc students and 3 PhD students. At Western, I am supervising PhD student Amanda James, whose research will explore the role of diet in ameliorating or exacerbating fluoride toxicity in three different archaeological sites in the Mt. Vesuvius region of the Bay of Naples (Pompeii, Aeclanum, and Pollena Trocchia) which span the first to sixth century AD.