I currently reside in Denver, Colorado. I continue to undertake and publish research in bioarchaeology and paleopathology of the peoples of the pre-Columbian Tennessee River Valley and pre-Columbian Illinois (the Schroeder Mounds site).
Current Research: Oral health in prehistory (chronicling changes in diet, health status, and economic change from hunting and collecting to intense agriculturalist food procurement strategies) with Dr T K Betsinger (SUNY at Oneonta); paleopathology of Late Woodland osteological samples from West-Central Illinois; inter-group violence in the Late Woodland to late Mississippian periods in East Tennessee.
Betsinger, Tracy K. and Smith, Maria Ostendorf. 2018. Regional differences in caries by sex and social status in Late Prehistoric East Tennessee, IN: Bioarchaeology of the American Southeast: Approaches to Bridging Health and identity in the Past. Shannon Chappell Hodge and Kristrina A. Shular, editors. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. pp 54-68.
Smith, M.O. 2015. Contextualizing the Precolumbian Postmortem "Life‟ of Modified Human Remains. in: Transforming the Dead: Culturally Modified Bone in the Prehistoric Midwest. S.J. Schermer, R.M. Lillie, E.A. Hargrave, and K.M. Hedman (Eds). University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, pp 360-411.
Smith, M.O. 2012. Paleopathology (Chapter 7). in: Research Methods in Human Skeletal Biology . E. DiGangi, M. Moore (Eds),. Academic Press, New York. pp 181-217.
Powell, M.L., Sandford, M.K., Bogdan, G., Weaver, D.S., Smith, M.O., Cook, D.C. 2005. Treponemal Disease Before 1000 BC? The Skeletal Evidence. in: The Myth of Syphilis: the Natural History of Treponemal Disease in North America. M.L. Powell, D.C. Cook (Eds), University of Florida Press, Gainesville. pp 418-441.
Betsinger, Tracy K. and Smith, Maria Ostendorf. 2019. A singular case of advanced caries sicca in a pre-Columbian skull from East Tennessee. International Journal of Paleopathology, 24: 245-251.
Smith, Maria Ostendorf and Betsinger, Tracy K. 2019. Dental Caries as an Archaeological Problem-Solving Tool: Reconstructing Subsistence Patterns in Late Prehistoric West-Central Tennessee. Dental Anthropology 32(2): 51-66.
Smith, M.O., Nicosia, C.E. 2017. A likely unicameral bone cyst in the calcaneus of a pre-Columbian Subadult from Illinois. International Journal of Paleopathology 16:14-21
Smith, M.O., Kurtenbach, K.J., Vermaat, J.C. 2016. Linear Enamel Hypoplasia in Schroeder Mounds (11HE177): A Late Woodland Period Site in Illinois. International Journal of Paleopathology, 14:10-23.
Mosher, G.M., Smith, M.O., Albrecht, J.L., Salaka, V.P. 2013. Treponemal disease, tuberculosis and subsistence-settlement pattern in the Late Woodland Period West-Central Illinois. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. DOI: 10.1002/oa.2344
Neidich, D.L., Smith, M.O. 2016. Major questions about teres minor: the pattern of reactive changes in a Precolumbian human skeletal sample from Illinois. Field Notes: A Collegiate Journal of Anthropology 8:70-85.
Nicosia, C., Dorsz, J.R., Smith, M.O. 2016. Subadult Growth Stunting at Schroeder Mounds (11He177): A Late Woodland Sample from Illinois. Field Notes: A Journal of Collegiate Anthropology, 8:104-121.
Smith, Maria Ostendorf, Betsinger, Tracy K. 2019. Osteology as archaeology: the research legacy of the McClung Museum collections. Presentation, symposium in honor of Jefferson Chapman, Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Jackson, Mississippi.
Smith, Maria Ostendorf, Betsinger, Tracy K. 2019. Sociopolitical patterns in treponemal disease prevalence in the pre-Columbian eastern United States. Presentation at a joint symposium of the annual meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Paleopathology Association, Cleveland, Ohio.
Smith, Fred H., Smith, Maria Ostendorf. 2018. Neandertal paleopathology: A tentative synthesis. Keynote speech at the European Paleopathology Association Annual Meetings, Zagreb, Croatia.
Smith, Maria Ostendorf, Betsinger, Tracy K. 2018. Oral Health and the Eastern Agricultural Complex in the Kentucky Lake Reservoir, Tennessee. Symposium presentation at the American Association of Physical Anthropology Annual Meetings, Austin, Texas.
Smith, Maria Ostendorf, Helms-Thorsen, Lindsey, Lloyd, Dustin J. 2017. Pre-Columbian health status and climate change: AD 1300-1600 in southern Appalachia. Symposium presentation at the Paleopathology Association Annual Meetings, New Orleans, La.
Smith, Maria Ostendorf. 2017. Multi-Site Analysis of Inter-group Violence in East Tennessee of 1300-1600 CE: Temporal and Regional Patterns. Symposium presentation at the Society of American Archaeology Meetings, Vancouver, B.C., Ca.
Betsinger, T.K., Harle, M., Smith, M.O. 2016. Perinates in the Past: Insights of Fetal Identity from Mortuary Analysis. Podium (symposium) presentation at the World Archaeological Congress, Tokyo, Japan.
Nicosia, C.E., Smith, M.O. 2016. Unicameral cyst of the calcaneus in a Late Woodland period subadult. Poster presented at the annual ASU Anthropology Student Colloquium, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Smith, Maria O. 2016. Disturbing the massacred dead: clues to Archaic Period socio-politics. Poster (symposium) presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meetings, Atlanta, Georgia.
Bauerle, M. C., Smith, M. O. 2015. Oral Health of the Middle and Late Woodland in the Mississippi River Valley of Illinois. Poster presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, annual meetings, St. Louis, Mo.