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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

 

Officers

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

Members

Barry Baker, National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory

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

Holly Ernest, Ph.D., University of Wyoming

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 member)

Nadja Schreiber Compo, Florida International University (Human Factors Task Group member)

Michael Stockdale, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Dyan Straughan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tabitha Viner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Standards

Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Sent to an SDO

Under Development

  • OSAC 2021-S-0006, Standard for the Use of GenBank for Taxonomic Assignment of Wildlife (draft OSAC Proposed Standard).
  • OSAC 2021-S-0014, Standard for Reference Collections in Wildlife Forensic Biology: Genetics and Vertebrate Morphology (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.
  • Veterinary Forensic Live Animal Examination Standards. 
  • Veterinary Forensic Postmortem Examination Standards. 

Other Work Products

Research & Development Needs

Created September 30, 2020, Updated October 18, 2021