Tosha Dupras

Dr. Tosha Dupras is a Professor of anthropology specializing in biological anthropology. Her primary focus of research is analysis of human diet and migration through stable isotope analysis, bioarchaeology, growth and development, paleopathology, and juvenile osteology. She has been part of the Dakhleh Oasis research project in Egypt since 1996 and joined a second expedition at Deir al Barsha in Egypt in 2004. Dr. Dupras is also part of a project located in Sudan and studies skeletal remains located at Vilnius University in Lithuania. Contact Dr. Dupras at

Working with Dr. Dupras:Tosha Dupras

At the Master’s level, it is imperative that students learn, beyond the classroom, to develop and undertake original research projects. One of my main goals is to have students leave their MA programs with new skills. Although many of my students work on my existing research projects, I also work with students to develop their own projects if they are interested in different geographical areas or topics that are related to my interests, but not exactly the same. I encourage students to develop their professional skills through presenting at professional meetings, and also publishing their research. My past MA students have been very successful in going on to Ph.D. programs or obtaining full time employment. I seek students who work well independently, but are also adaptable, and work well in team settings.

Dr. Dupras is looking for graduate students with an interest in:

  • Human osteology and skeletal analysis
  • Stable isotope and dietary analysis
  • Fetal and juvenile growth and development
  • Paleopathology
  • Bioarchaeology

Examples of research projects conducted by Dr. Dupras’ students:

  • Diet determined through stable isotope signatures
  • Migration determined through stable isotope signatures
  • Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of bone and dentin collagen
  • Field histology techniques for analyses of mummified tissues
  • Causes of maternal mortality rates in archaeological populations
  • Geospatial analysis of mortuary practices
  • Determination of sex and ancestry
  • Paleopathology, including osteoarthritis, developmental pathology, cancer
  • Dr. Dupras excavating in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt.

  • Dr. Dupras with students in Egypt.

  • Dr. Dupras with Dr. Williams and Dr. Wheeler unwrapping a mummy in Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt.

  • Dr. Dupras working with fetal remains in Egypt.

  • Dr. Dupras with tomb in Egypt.

  • Taking bone samples at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City.

  • Working at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City.

  • Dr. Dupras at King's Church Cemetery in Boston.

  • Dr. Dupras with Jennifer Branson, student, in the Medium Pyramid in Egypt.