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Wildlife Forensic Biology Subcommittee

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The Wildlife Forensic Biology Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to taxonomic identification, individualization, and geographic origin of non-human biological evidence based on morphological and genetic analyses.

Officers | Members | Standards | Other Work Products



Christina Lindquist, Subcommittee Chair, UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory Forensic Unit

Vacant, Subcommittee Vice Chair

Ashley Spicer, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, California Department of Fish and Wildlife


Barry Baker, National Fish and Wildlife Service

Tasha Bauman, Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Forensic Lab

Alyse Bertenthal, Wake Forest Law School (Legal Task Group representative)

Kelly Carrothers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Law Enforcement Division

Nicole Chinnicci, East Stroudsburg University

Hope Draheim, National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory

Robert Grahn, University of California

Wildlife Forensic Biology Affiliate List

Rachel Jacobs, Ph.D., National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory

Rebecca Johnson, Smithsonian Institute

Kelly Meiklejohn, Ph.D., North Carolina State University

Erin Meredith, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Jeff Rodzen, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Christopher Saunders, South Dakota State University (Statistics Task Group representative)

Michael Stockdale, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Dyan Straughan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tabitha Viner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Quality Task Group representative)

Miko Wilford, University of Massachusetts Lowell (Human Factors Task Group representative)


On the OSAC Registry

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  • ANSI/ASB Standard 019, Wildlife Forensics General Standards, First Edition, 2019 (added March 2, 2021).

  • ANSI/ASB Standard 028, Wildlife Forensics Morphology Standards, First Edition, 2019 (added June 3, 2020).

  • ANSI/ASB Standard 029, Report Writing in Wildlife Forensics, First Edition, 2019 (added March 2, 2021).

  • ANSI/ASB Standard 047, Wildlife Forensics Validation Standard—Validating New Primers for Sequencing, First Edition, 2019 (added June 3, 2020).
  • OSAC 2021-N-0001, Wildlife Forensics Method-Collection of Known Samples from Domestic Mammals (added April 6, 2021) Note: ASB published an updated version of this document (ANSI/ASB 138) in May 2022 which is currently undergoing the Registry approval process.
  • OSAC 2021-S-0006, Standard for the Use of GenBank for Taxonomic Assignment of Wildlife (added November 2, 2021 and sent to ASB for further development and publication).

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

At an SDO for Further Development & Publication

  • OSAC 2021-S-0006, Standard for the Use of GenBank for Taxonomic Assignment of Wildlife (OSAC Proposed Standard on the Registry). 

Under Development

  • OSAC 2021-S-0014, Standard for Reference Collections in Wildlife Forensic Biology: Genetics and Vertebrate Morphology.
  • OSAC 2022-S-0011, Standard for Construction of Multilocus Databases.
  • Validation of Wildlife Sequences in Public Databases.
  • Standard for Interpreting STR Data in Forensic Wildlife Cases When No Allelic Ladder is Available.
  • Genetic Methods to Determine an Individual of Potential Hybrid Origin.
  • Method for Geographic Assignment of Individual Animals.
  • Standard for Developing and Validating STR Multiplex Panels.

Other Work Products

Research & Development Needs

Created September 30, 2020, Updated March 10, 2023