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Wildlife Forensics Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Wildlife Forensics Subcommittee
Members of the Wildlife Forensics Subcommittee at the 2019 OSAC Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Officers | Members | Standards | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Research & Development Needs | Presentations

The Wildlife Forensics 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.


Kimberly Frazier, Subcommittee Chair, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

R. Christopher O'Brien, Ph.D., Subcommittee Vice Chair, University of New Haven 

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


Barry Baker, National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory

Tasha Bauman, Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Forensic and Fish Health Laboratory

Brandt Cassidy, Ph.D., University of Central Oklahoma

Nicole Chinnicci, Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute

Nadja Compo, Florida International University (Human Factors Representative)

Hope Draheim, National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory

Holly Ernest, Ph.D., University of Wyoming

David Foran, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Jenny Giles, Ph.D., Stanford University

Robert Grahn, University of California Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory Forensic Unit

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

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

Erin Meredith, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Andrea Roth, UC Berkeley School of Law (Legal Represenatative)

Chris Saunders, South Dakota State University

Michael Stockdale, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Susan Underkoffler, Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, University of Florida


OSAC Registry Ribbon

Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry

Tier 2: Published by an SDO

Tier 3: Sent to an SDO

  • Wildlife Forensics Method - Collection of Known Samples from Live Animals (Domestic). 

Tier 4: Under Development

  • 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.
  • Validation of Wildlife Sequences in Public Databases.
  • Wildlife Forensics Reference Collection Standards.

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

  • None currently.

Research & Development Needs


  • None currently.

In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.

– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015

Created July 11, 2014, Updated July 7, 2020