Dr. Daniel Wescott is a practicing forensic anthropologist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Forensic Sciences. He has a national and international reputation as a researcher in forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, and bone biomechanics. His forensic anthropological research focuses on developing and testing methods for reconstructing biological profiles and trauma patterns from human skeletal remains, and forensic taphonomy. He also tests methods and hypothesis related to reconstructing activity patterns and behavior in past populations using long bone biomechanics, and changes in human skeletal morphology due to evolutionary and secular forces. Dr. Wescott has received support for research from the National Institute of Justice, Forensic Sciences Foundation, State Historical Society of Missouri, William M. Bass Endowment, Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee, and other public and private institutions. His works are published in a variety of journals including Journal of Forensic Sciences, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of Human Evolution, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, Plains Anthropologists, Missouri Anthropologist, Evolution: Education and Outreach, and others. His skeletal biology research has been acknowledged by being highlighted twice in Science, included in forensic anthropology textbooks, and by receipt of the Ellis Kerley Award (2007) for excellence in forensic anthropology research.
Dr. Wescott is also an award winning and dedicated teacher and mentor with experience directing undergraduate and graduate (MA and PhD) research. His students have successfully competed for research and travel funds from several organizations, gone on to fully-funded graduate programs, and found employment in the fields of their choice. He has also served on professional committees in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology.
Dr. Michelle Hamilton is a Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist. She worked at the University of Tennessee’s Anthropological Research Facility for over 10 years, and participated in active forensic casework under the training of Drs. William Bass and Murray Marks. She serves on the faculty for the FBI’s annual Human Remains Recovery School, training FBI Agents/ERT members in body recovery techniques, evidence collection, identification, and excavation of clandestine burials and scattered human remains. Dr. Hamilton also conducts research in bioarchaeology and paleopathology.
FACTS faculty and Associate Professor of Anthropology
Dr. Spradley is a biological anthropologist concentrating her research in the areas of human variation and forensic anthropology. She is an internationally recognized scholar with current research agendas in Mexico, Latin America, and along the U.S/Mexico border. Dr. Spradley uses craniometric data to understand biological relationships among various population groups. She also applies knowledge of human variation for purposes of sex and ancestry estimation in forensic anthropology, especially among individuals considered Hispanic. She has published in national and international journals and has been a visiting researcher in various international and national locations including the National Museum of Natural History in Vienna, Charles University in Prague, National University of Mexico in Mexico City, the Forensic Anthropology Foundation in Guatemala, musee de Qual Branley and Musee de l'Homme in Paris, the Duckworth Laboratory in Cambridge, National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., American Museum of Natural History in New York, and various other academic and medico-legal institutions in the U.S.
Dr. Spradley has served on the program committee of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is currently on the ancestry advisory board of the Scientific Working Group in Forensic Anthropology. She also serves as the North American coordinator for FOROST and is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scienes and the American Association of Physical Anthropology. Dr. Spradley has served as an instructor and team leader for human remains recovery workshops for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, The National Forensic Academy, the University of Tennessee, and Texas State University.
Dr. Spradley's students have gone onto Ph.D. programs, with funding, and found employment at community colleges or in other areas related to anthropology.
Sophia Mavroudas’ research concentrates on human skeletal biology. Her thesis focused on forensic age at death estimation; specifically, the comparison of gross morphology and bone histomorphometry methods. She is interested in the development of multiregional bone histomorphometric age at death estimation methods. Sophia Mavroudas is also interested in osteology, skeletal age at death estimation, growth and development, bone histomorphology and histomorphometry, and accuracy and precision investigations of forensic anthropology methods.
Dr. McKeown specializes in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology of Colonial era sites in North America and the Caribbean and Mayan sites in Belize.