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Angela Bessa completed her BSc in Biology at the University of Porto, Portugal. She also holds a MSc in Human Evolution and Biology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Her research interests includes mummification and ancestry estimation through geometric morphometrics. In 2018, she became a Visiting Researcher at Mummy Studies Field School, Italy. Angela is currently a PhD student in Forensic Anthropology, at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Angela Raquel Silva Bessa

Citation names

  • Silva-Bessa, A.

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
8C1B-BD1D-523A
ORCID iD
0000-0003-1336-0446

Knowledge fields

  • Social Sciences - Sociology - Anthropology
  • Medical and Health Sciences - Other Medical Sciences - Forensic Science
  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences - Biology
  • Humanities - History and Archaeology - Archaeology
  • Medical and Health Sciences - Basic Medicine - Toxicology
  • Natural sciences - Earth and Environmental Sciences - Geology

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
English Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Italian Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Upper intermediate (B2) Advanced (C1)
Spanish; Castilian Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Beginner (A1) Intermediate (B1)
French Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Elementary (A2)
German Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1)
Education
Degree Classification
2019/09 - 2023/07
Ongoing
Forensic Anthropology (Doutoramento)
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2021/11 - 2021/11
Concluded
FASE Online Advanced Course in Virtual Anthropology (Outros)
Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe, Switzerland
2021/04 - 2021/05
Concluded
Advanced Course in Clinical Toxicology (Outros)
Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Politécnico e Universitário, Portugal
2021/02 - 2021/02
Concluded
Science Communication and Public Speaking (Outros)
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2021/02 - 2021/02
Concluded
Writing in the Sciences (Outros)
Stanford University, United States
2021/01 - 2021/01
Concluded
Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (Outros)
International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland
2021/01 - 2021/01
Concluded
Practical Seminar of Specialization in Forensic Geology and Pedology (Outros)
Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Politécnico e Universitário, Portugal
2021/01 - 2021/01
Concluded
Seminar of Specialization in Forensic Geology and Pedology (Outros)
Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Politécnico e Universitário, Portugal
2021/01 - 2021/01
Concluded
Real Bones: Adventures in Forensic Anthropology (Outros)
Princeton University, United States
2020/12 - 2020/12
Concluded
Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization (Outros)
University of Pennsylvania Online Learning, United States
2020/10 - 2020/12
Concluded
Training Course for Thanatology Technician (Título de especialista)
Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal e Ciências Forenses Delegação do Sul, Portugal
2019/09 - 2019/09
Concluded
Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe Advanced Course in Biomechanics (Outros)
Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe, Switzerland
2017 - 2018
Concluded
Forensic Anthropology (Pós-Graduação)
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Portugal
2017/10 - 2017/11
Concluded
XVII Course of Legal Medicine and other Forensic Sciences (Outros)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Portugal
2017/09 - 2017/09
Concluded
Advanced Course and One-day Symposium in Anthropology and Migration (Outros)
Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe, Switzerland
2017/03 - 2017/03
Concluded
Practical Seminar of Specialization in Dental Medicine and Forensic Anthropology (Outros)
Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Politécnico e Universitário, Portugal
2017/03 - 2017/03
Concluded
Seminar of Specialization in Forensic Anthropology (Outros)
Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Politécnico e Universitário, Portugal
2015 - 2017
Concluded
Human Evolution and Biology (Mestrado)
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Portugal
"A morfometria geométrica e a ancestralidade: estimativa em indivíduos da Coleção de Esqueletos Identificados do Século XXI da Universidade de Coimbra" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2016/11 - 2016/11
Concluded
Short Course in Pubic Symphysis and Age-at-death Estimation in Forensic Anthropology (Outros)
Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal e Ciências Forenses, Portugal
2016/09 - 2016/09
Concluded
Basic Workshop in Forensic Anthropology (Outros)
Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe, Switzerland
2015/03 - 2015/07
Concluded
ERASMUS (Outros)
Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy
2012 - 2015
Concluded
Biology (Licenciatura)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências, Portugal
2014/03 - 2014/03
Concluded
Workshop “Statistics in Biology” (Outros)
Universidade do Porto Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia, Portugal
2013/11 - 2013/11
Concluded
Workshop "Bioinvasions in a Context of Climate Change: Implications for Environmental, Animal and Human Health" (Outros)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Portugal
Affiliation

Science

Category
Host institution
Employer
2017/10 - 2018/12 Researcher (Research) Universidade do Porto Museu de História Natural e da Ciência, Portugal
2018/07 - 2018/08 Visiting Researcher (Research) Mummy Studies Field School, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, & Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, Italy, Italy
2016/09 - 2017/07 Researcher (Research) Universidade de Coimbra Laboratório de Antropologia Forense, Portugal
2016/11 - 2016/12 Research Trainee (Research) Universidade de Coimbra Laboratório de Antropologia Forense, Portugal
2014/09 - 2015/01 Research Trainee (Research) Centro Hospitalar do Porto, Portugal
2014/01 - 2014/05 Research Trainee (Research) Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal e Ciências Forenses Delegação do Norte, Portugal

Others

Category
Host institution
Employer
2020/04 - 2020/04 Volunteer as Physical Anthropologist SAND - Sarilhos Grandes entre Dois Mundos, Portugal
2016/08 - 2016/08 Volunteer as Physical Anthropologist Campo Arqueológico de Mértola, Portugal
Outputs

Publications

Conference poster
  1. Bessa, A.; Dinis-Oliveira, R. J.; Forbes, S. L.; Ferreira, M. T.. "To mummies and beyond: the application of forensic taphonomy in cemeteries management". Paper presented in 18º Congresso Nacional de Medicina Legal e Ciências Forenses, 2019.
  2. Bessa, A; Ferreira, M. T.; Cunha, E.. "The influence of bone preservation in ancestry assessment: a challenge in forensic anthropology". Paper presented in Taphos-Nomos: Taphonomy in archaeology, forensic science & palaeontology, 2018.
  3. Bessa, A; Navega, D.; Ferreira, M. T.; Cunha, E.. "Finding what is missing: three-dimensional coordinates estimation for ancestry assessment through geometric morphometrics". Paper presented in Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe One-day Symposium: Anthropology and Migration, 2017.
Journal article
  1. Bessa, A.. "Forensic anthropology: Theoretical framework and scientific basis". Antropologia Portuguesa 37 (2020): 179-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.14195/2182-7982_37_8.
    10.14195/2182-7982_37_8
  2. Bessa, A.; Navega, D.; Ferreira, M. T.; Cunha, E.. "Finding what is missing: Three-dimensional coordinates estimation for ancestry assessment through geometric morphometrics". La Revue de Médecine Légale 8 (4) (2017): 190-190.
    Published
  3. Bessa, A.. "Finding what is missing: Three-dimensional coordinates estimation for ancestry assessment through geometric morphometrics". Revue de Medecine Legale (2017):
    10.1016/j.medleg.2017.10.031
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Bessa, A. "A morfometria geométrica e a ancestralidade: estimativa em indivíduos da Coleção de Esqueletos Identificados do Século XXI da Universidade de Coimbra". Master, 2017.
Activities

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2019/09 The mummy returns: bringing to life spontaneous human mummification in forensic scenarios FASE One-day Symposium: Biomechanics
Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (Belgium)
2018/12 A preliminar paleopathological account on the mummified and skeletonized remains from the Capuchin church of Santa Lucia del Mela, Italy (17th - 19th centuries) VI Portuguese Meeting of Paleopathology
CIAS (Coimbra, Portugal)
2017/11 Errare humanum est? A importância da análise estatística na estimativa da ancestralidade 16th Congress of the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences
Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal e Ciências Forenses (Coimbra, Portugal)

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2016/09 - 2016/09 Basic Workshop in Forensic Anthropology (2016/09 - 2016/09)
Workshop (Member of the Organising Committee)
Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe, Switzerland
2014/05 - 2014/05 Lecture "Forensic Sciences" (2014/05 - 2014/05)
Seminar (Member of the Organising Committee)
Universidade do Porto Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia, Portugal
2014/03 - 2014/03 Workshop "Statistics in Biology" (2014/03 - 2014/03)
Workshop (Member of the Organising Committee)
Universidade do Porto Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia, Portugal
2013/12 - 2013/12 Lecture "Genetics and Skin Colour Evolution in the Human Species: Separating Biology from Social Stereotypes" (2013/12 - 2013/12)
Seminar (Member of the Organising Committee)
Universidade do Porto Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia, Portugal
2013/12 - 2013/12 Lecture "Human Enhancement" (2013/12 - 2013/12)
Seminar (Member of the Organising Committee)
Universidade do Porto Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia, Portugal

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2016 - Current Centre for Functional Ecology Member
2013/09 - 2014/10 Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia da Universidade do Porto Secretary of the General Assembly

Committee member

Activity description
Role
Institution / Organization
2016/09 - 2016/09 Member of the Organising Committee of the Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe Basic Workshop in Forensic Anthropology
Member
Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe, Switzerland

Interview (tv / radio show)

Program Topic
2018/10 - 2018/10 Participation in the series "The Beautiful Dead" by BBC Reel Sicilian Religious Mummies
Distinctions

Title

2021 2nd Place University of Coimbra Three-minute Thesis Competition
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal