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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

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

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 (Quality Task Group representative)


Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Sent to an SDO

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.
  • Method for Geographic Assignment of Individual Animals.
  • Validation of Wildlife Sequences in Public Databases.
  • Standard for Interpreting STR Data in Forensic Wildlife Cases When No Allelic Ladder is Available.
  • Standard for Developing and Validating STR Multiplex Panels. 
  • Genetic Methods to Determine an Individual of Potential Hybrid Origin.

Other Work Products

Research & Development Needs

Created September 30, 2020, Updated October 25, 2022