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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 | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Research & Development Needs | Presentations



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

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 (Quality Representative)

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

Nicole Chinnicci, East Stroudsburg University

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., Fin Forensics, LLC

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

Jeff Rodzen, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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

Christopher Saunders, South Dakota State University (Statistics Representative)

Nadja Schreiber Compo, Florida International University (Human Factors Representative)

Michael Stockdale, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Tabitha Viner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry

Tier 2: Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Tier 3: Sent to an SDO

  • None currently. 

Tier 4: Under Development

  • Wildlife Forensics Method - Collection of Known Samples from Live Animals (Domestic). 
  • 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.
  • Best Practices for Building New STR Panels in Wildlife Forensics.
  • Criteria for Analyzing STR Data in Forensic Wildlife Cases When No Allelic Ladder is Available.

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

  • None currently.

Research & Development Needs


  • None currently.
Created September 30, 2020, Updated January 22, 2021