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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



Kimberly Frazier, Subcommittee Chair, Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Forensic Laboratory

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

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


Barry Baker, National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory

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

Mary Burnham Curtis, USFWS National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory

Jason Byrd, University of Florida/Maples Center for Forensic Medicine

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

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)

Nadja Schreiber Compo, Florida International University (Human Factors 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


Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

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Under Development

  • OSAC 2021-S-0014, Standard for Reference Collections in Wildlife Forensic Biology: Genetics and Vertebrate Morphology (draft OSAC Proposed Standard).
  • OSAC 2022-S-0011, Standard for Construction of Multilocus Databases (draft OSAC Proposed Standard).
  • Standard for the Development and Use of Allele Frequency and Population Genetics Databases. 
  • Standard for the Development and Use of In-House Sequence Databases for Taxonomic Assignment of Wildlife.
  • Method for Geographic Assignment of Individual Animals.
  • Best Practices for Building STR Panels in Wildlife Forensics.
  • Genetic Methods to Determine an Individual of Potential Hybrid Origin.
  • Criteria for Analyzing STR Data in Forensic Wildlife Cases When No Allelic Ladder is Available.

Other Work Products

Research & Development Needs

Created September 30, 2020, Updated June 7, 2022