Andrea Alveshere.

Dr. Andrea Alveshere, PH.D.

Assistant Professor
1 University Circle
508 Currens Hall
Macomb, IL 61455

Office: Currens Hall 508
Lab: Currens 553
Phone:(309) 298-1199
Lab phone: (309) 298-3269
Fax: (309) 298-2180

Western Illinois Taphonomic Research Sites

Additional Information


Dr. Andrea Alveshere earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington with an emphasis in Archeology and an undergraduate research focus on the analysis of skeletal remains and geoarcheological deposits. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology, with a minor in Human Genetics, from the University of Minnesota, investigating factors that influence the preservation and detection of DNA in ancient and forensic specimens. Her research considers the effects of environmental variables (e.g., climate, burial deposit chemistry, vegetative cover, animal and insect activity, etc.), as well as the comparative utility of various laboratory protocols to produce informative results. In addition to her academic studies, Dr. Alveshere worked for several years as a forensic scientist in the DNA/Biology section of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Forensic Science Laboratory. She has also conducted archaeological excavations in Israel, South Africa, and throughout the Midwestern United States. Dr. Alveshere enjoys exploring the great outdoors, on foot, bike, kayak, or canoe; and loves traveling to new places. She especially enjoys orienteering and adventure racing events, and is always eager for opportunities to bring her research outside and take a scenic hike to collect more environmental data.

Office Hours

M,W, F 2:00 pm- 2:50 pm

T, TH 1:00 pm -1:50 pm

or by appointment


Teaching Areas

Chem 490 Senior Project Laboratory (Directed Research)