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Forensic Anthropology Subcommittee

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The Forensic Anthropology Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to application of anthropological methods and theory, particularly those relating to the recovery and analysis of human remains.

Officers | Members | Standards | Other Work Products



Wendy McQuade, Ph.D., Subcommittee Chair, University of North Texas Center for Human Identification

Eric Bartelink, Subcommittee Vice Chair, California State University, Chico

Vacant, Subcommittee Executive Secretary


Donna Boyd, Ph.D., Radford University

Jered Cornelison, WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Franklin Damann, U.S. Department of Defense Joint POW/MIA Accounting Agency 

Angela Dautartas, Troy University

Paul Emanovsky, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Defense Joint POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Joseph Hefner, Michigan State University

Ranee Ho, Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences (Quality Task Group representative)

Owen Middleton, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office

Nicholas Passalacqua, Western Carolina University

Christine Pink, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Deb Pinto, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS)

Kelly Sauerwein, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Human Factors Task Group representative)

Tiffany Saul, Middle Tennessee State University

Brian Spatola, National Museum of Health and Medicine

Kate Spradley, Texas State University

Richard Thomas, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Forensic Anthropology Affiliate List


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On the OSAC Registry

  • ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 089, Best Practice Recommendation for Facial Approximation in Forensic Anthropology. 2020. 1st. Ed. (added September 7, 2021).


Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO) & Eligible for the OSAC Registry

At an SDO for Further Development & Publication

  • Standard for Age Estimation in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Analyzing and Reporting on Skeletal Trauma in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Personal Identification in Forensic Anthropology.

Under Development

  • OSAC 2021-N-0010, Best Practice Recommendations for Skeletal Preparation and Sampling in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Case File Management and Reporting in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for a Quality Assurance Program in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Use of Human Remains and Associated Data for Research and Education in Forensic Anthropology. 
  • Standard for Proficiency Testing in Forensic Anthropology.

Other Work Products

Research & Development Needs

Discipline-Specific Bibliographies and Bibliographic References 

These documents may contain information to help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, and other readers better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as currently practiced. The identification of these documents does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only standards that are posted on the OSAC Registry and Technical Guidance documents, are endorsed by OSAC. The referenced documents may be subject to copyright. Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

* The documents below originated from the former FBI/DoD sponsored SWGANTH working group. The website as of November 13, 2018 is not affiliated with the former FBI/DoD sponsored group of the same name.

Created July 9, 2014, Updated September 28, 2023