I am a biological anthropologist specializing in bioarchaeology. My research focuses on the intersections of diet and nutrition, health, and disease among ancient and living humans. I am interested in how social structures, individual choice and action, and evolutionary biology shape human diet and nutrition. For my dissertation research, I integrate social theory and stable isotope methodologies to reconstruct diet and nutrition among early 19th century Napoleonic and Russian soldiers to explore how imperialism and warfare shaped soldier biology. For a second collaborative project, my colleagues and I examine disease experiences over the life span of ancient Egyptians from the site of Dayr al Barsha.
I am also earning an Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching through the Graduate School and co-created the Gender, the Body, and Fieldwork Across Disciplines Symposium with Christina Crespo.
2013 Master of Arts, University of Central Florida, Department of Anthropology
2010 Bachelor of Arts, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Anthropology, Summa cum laude Certificate: Conceptual Foundations of Medicine, Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Biological anthropology; bioarchaeology; diet and nutrition; imperialism and warfare; human-environment interactions; stable isotope analysis (SIA); human osteology; paleopathology; Europe; Egypt
Holder S, Miliauskienė Ž, Jankauskas R, Dupras TL. (In press). An Integrative Approach to Studying Plasticity in Growth Disruption and Outcomes: A Bioarchaeological Case Study of Napoleonic Soldiers. American Journal of Human Biology. DOI:10.1002/ajhb.23457
Holder S, Reitsema LJ, Dupras TL, Jankauskas R. (2020). In Flux: Exploring Hierarchy and Heterarchy in the Past through Diet. Vital Topics Forum of American Anthropologist 122(4):916-919. DOI: 10.1111/aman.13486
Reitsema LJ, Holder S. (2018). Stable Isotope Analysis and the Study of Human Stress, Disease, and Nutrition. Bioarchaeology International 2(2):63-74. DOI: 10.5744/bi.2018.1018
Holder S, Dupras TL, Jankauskas R, Williams LJ, Schultz J. (2017). Reconstructing Diet in Napoleon’s Grand Army using Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 163(1):53-63. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23184
2020, 2019, 2017 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grants for Doctoral Students
2019 Norman Herz Small Grants for Student Research
2019, 2018 Brian Daniel Gumbert Archaeological Graduate Research Award
2018 Summer Research Travel Grant for Doctoral Students
2017 The Graduate School Dean’s Award
2017 Melissa Hague Field Study Award
2017 Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research