Armando is a bioarchaeologist and Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) specializing in human osteology and archaeological sciences. He has surveyed and excavated prehistoric burials and historic cemeteries as well as more traditional archaeological sites in the United States, the Caribbean, and Peru, and has conducted research in a variety of disciplines including biogeochemistry, morphometrics, and architectural analyses. He loves statistics and the use of statistical methods as tools in anthropology. Armando is fluent in Spanish and English, and has prepared and presented official reports, peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, and lectures for diverse audiences in both languages. After acquiring his M.A. from the University of Central Florida, Armando joined Cardno, a Cultural Resources consultancy firm and worked as the resident Bioarchaeologist, completing Phase I, II, and III projects, authoring reports, and serving as field supervisor and crew chief across the eastern U.S. He came to the University of Tennessee – Knoxville in the fall of 2018 to pursue a Ph.D. focusing on bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. When not in the lab, the classroom, or the office, you can find him rock climbing, caving, or backpacking in the mountains around Knoxville.

Research Interests

Biological Anthropology, Human Skeletal Biology, Bioarchaeology, Forensic Anthropology/Archaeology, Archaeological Sciences, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Stable Isotope Analysis, Vertical Archaeology, Cave Archaeology, Paleopathology, Quantitative & Statistical Methods


Present Ph.D. Student – Biological Anthropology
Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Advisor: Dr. Dawnie Steadman
M.A. – Anthropology

Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida
Thesis: Developing Methods for the Estimation of Stature and their use as a Proxy for Health among the Ancient Chachapoya of Peru
Advisor: Dr. J. Marla Toyne
B.A. with University Honors and Honors in Major – Anthropology

Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida
Honors in the Major Thesis: Investigating Patterns of Interpersonal Violence using
Frequency Distributions of Cranial Vault Trauma
Advisor: Dr. J. Marla Toyne