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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



Diane France, Ph.D., Subcommittee Chair, Human Identification Laboratory of Colorado

Eric Bartelink, Subcommittee Vice Chair, California State University, Chico

Todd Fenton, Ph.D., Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Michigan State University


Bill Belcher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Donna Catherine Boyd, Ph.D., Radford University

Franklin Damann, U.S. Department of Defense Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Laboratory 

Paul Emanovsky, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Defense Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Laboratory 

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

Joseph Hefner, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Daniel Martin, Maricopa County, State of Arizona (Legal Task Group member) 

Wendy McQuade, Ph.D., University of North Texas Center for Human Identification

Owen Middleton, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office


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

Adele Quigley-McBride, Duke Law, Wilson Center for Science and Justice (Human Factors Task Group member)

Tiffany Saul, Middle Tennessee State University

Kate Spradley, Texas State University


On the OSAC Registry 

  • None currently.

Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Sent to an SDO

  • Standard for Population Affinity in Estimation in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Age Estimation in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Guidelines for Anthropology Scene Detection and Processing.
  • Standard for Resolving Commingled Remains in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Analyzing and Reporting on Skeletal Trauma in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Personal Identification in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Taphonomic Observations in Support of the Postmortem Interval.
  • Standard for Determination of Medicolegal Significance from Skeletal Material. 

Under Development

  • Standards for Qualifications in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Proficiency Testing in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Documentation, Reporting and Testimony.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Skeletal Preparation and Sampling 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 June 1, 2021