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Wildlife Forensics Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Wildlife Forensics Subcommittee
Members of the OSAC Wildlife Forensics Subcommittee (July 2019)

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.

Officers | Members | OSAC Registry Approved Documents | Documents in Process | Research & Development Needs | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Presentations


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 Service

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

Holly Ernest, Ph.D., University of Wyoming

Jenny Giles, Ph.D., Stanford University

Hope Draheim, National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory

David Foran, Ph.D., Michigan State University

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

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

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

Erin Meredith, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Chris Saunders, South Dakota State University

Michael Stockdale, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

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

OSAC Registry Approved Documents 

  • None currently.

Documents in Process

Under Development:

  • Standard for use of Public Databases for Wildlife Forensic Protocol.
  • 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.
  • Genetic Methods to Determine an Individual of Potential Hybrid Origin.
  • Standard for the Development and Use of In-House Sequence Databases for Taxonomic Assignment of Wildlife.
  • Standard for the Development and Use of Allele Frequency and Population Genetics Databases.

Work Product Sent to SDO:

  • ASB 106, Wildlife Forensic-Protein Serology Method for Taxonomic Identification.
  • ASB 111, Standard for Training in Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) Analysis for Taxonomic Identification.
  • ASB 138, Wildlife Forensics Method - Collection of Known Samples from Live Animals (Domestic). 

SDO Published:

Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process: 

  • None currently.

Research & Development Needs

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

  • None currently.


  • 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 December 10, 2019