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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



Eric Bartelink, Subcommittee Chair, California State University, Chico

Nicholas Passalacqua, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Western Carolina University

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


Donna Boyd, Ph.D., Radford University

Lesley Chesson, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Franklin Damann, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency 

Angela Dautartas, Troy University

Kristen Hartnett-McCann, Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Joseph Hefner, Michigan State University

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


Mariyam Isa, Texas Tech University

Nicholas Klingerman, Arizona Attorney General's Office (Legal Task Group representative)

Owen Middleton, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office

Sherry Nakhaeizadeh, Crime and Forensic Science University College London, Affiliate (Human Factors Task Group affiliate)

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

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

Chris Rainwater, Tarrant County Medical Examiner

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

Tiffany Saul, Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Anthropology Vanderbilt University

Brian Spatola, National Museum of Health and Medicine

Dawnie Steadman, University of Tennessee Knoxville

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).
  • OSAC 2021-N-0010, Standard for Skeletal Preparation and Sampling in Forensic Anthropology (added November 7, 2023).


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

At an SDO for Further Development & Publication

  • OSAC 2021-N-0010, Standard for Skeletal Preparation and Sampling in Forensic Anthropology (OSAC Proposed Standard on the OSAC Registry)
  • Standard for Age Estimation in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Personal Identification in Forensic Anthropology.

Under Development

  • 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.
  • Education and Training 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 May 7, 2024