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Melissa Connor, director of the FIRSMelissa Connor, Ph.D., is the Director of the Forensic Investigation Research Station at Colorado Mesa University. She was appointed Director in 2012, coming from Nebraska Wesleyan University where she was director of the Master of Forensic Science program. She has 30 years of archaeological experience, and has worked in forensic science for the last 20 years. Dr. Connor specializes in forensic archaeology and is the author of Forensic Methods: Excavation for the Archaeologist and Investigator, published by AltaMira Press. Connor specialized in mass grave sites, working in post-conflict areas throughout the former Yugoslavia, and in Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, and Nigeria. She gained her initial experience in battlefields, working on archaeological sites such as the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana. She is co-author of Archaeological Perspectives on the Little Bighorn and They Died with Custer: Soldiers' Bones from the Battle of the Little Bighorn, both published by the University of Oklahoma Press.