Anthropology in Disasters

In the light of the two major earthquakes hitting Latin America and the Caribbean in 2010, anthropologists have been involved in disaster response in various ways, from the identification of human remains to disaster and relief operations. One of these anthropologists is Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat of Mercyhurst College who put his forensic skills and knowledge to use in Haiti. Back in 2001, Carla was in one of his seminars in forensic anthropology laboratory methods at Mercyhurst College.

Efforts by anthropologists, such as that of Dr. Dirkmaat’s, need to be recognized and spread across the blogging world so as to inspire others to pitch in. Miguel Paz, a Chilean journalist, has also been collecting useful links regarding the Chile earthquake. Do head over to his blog to learn of emergency numbers, twitter follows, websites, aid organizations, among others.

Mercyhurst College forensic anthropologist Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat talks about his work identifying remains of earthquake victims in Haiti.

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