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Daniel J. Wescott

Texas State University Applied Anthropology, Daniel Wescott, Forensic Anthropology

Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center
Professor of Anthropology

Office: Grady Early Building 111, 1921 Old RR 12
Phone: (512) 245-1945
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Research and Teaching Interests: Forensic anthropology, bone biomechanics, human skeletal variation, bioarcheaology, Great Plains

I am a biological anthropologists with a research focus on developing and testing forensic anthropological methods for reconstructing biological profiles, trauma patterns, and the post mortem interval. I also use long bone biomechanics to reconstruct activity patterns and behavior in past populations, and test hypotheses regarding changes in human skeletal morphology due to evolutionary and secular forces. I am also a dedicated teacher and mentor with experience directing undergraduate and graduate (MA, MS, PhD) students.

Wescott CV MAR 2018 (DOC, 223 KB)

Recent Publications

Christensen, Angi M., Michael A. Smith, Devora Gleiber, Deborah L. Cunningham, and Daniel J. Wescott. 2018. The use of industrial and other alternative CT technologies in forensic anthropology. Forensic Anthropology 2(1):

Wescott, Daniel J., Dawnie Wolfe Steadman, Nicole Miller, Kelly Sauerwein, Chaunesey M. Clemmons, Devora S. Gleiver, Chloe P. McDaneld, Lauren A. Meckel, Joan A. Bytheway. 2018. Validation of total body score/accumulated degree day mode at three human decomposition facilities. Forensic Anthropology 1(3):143-149.

Wescott, Daniel J. 2018. The forensic anthropologist as broker for interdisciplinary taphonomic theory. In: CC Boyd, DC Boyd (eds.): Forensic Anthropology: Theoretical Framework and Scientific Basis, New York: Wiley, pp. 251-270

Meckel, Lauren A., Chloe McDaneld and Daniel J. Wescott. 2018. White-tailed deer as a taphonomic agent: photographic evidence of a white-tailed deer gnawing on human bone (case report). Journal of Forensic Sciences 63(1):292-294.

Fancher, J.P., J.A. Aitkenhead-Petersen, T. Farris, K. Mix, A.P. Schwab, D.J. Wescott, M.D. Hamilton. 2017. An evaluation of soil chemistry in human cadaver decomposition islands: potential for estimating postmortem interval (PMI). Forensic Science International 279:130-139.

Thomas, Torri B., Sheree Finley, Jeremy E. Wilkinson, Daniel J. Wescott, Azriel Gorski, and Gulnaz Javan. 2017. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 49:43-49.

Wescott, Daniel J. and Lauren Rockhold Zephro. 2016. Secular change in femur diaphyseal biomechanical properties of American whites. Human Biology 88(1):.

Wedel, Vicki and Daniel J. Wescott. 2016. Using dental cementum increment analysis to estimate age and season of death in African Americans from an historic cemetery in Missouri.  International Journal of Paleopathology [in press,].

Alexander, Michael B., TK Hodges, Daniel J. Wescott, and Jacqueline A. Aitkenhead-Peterson. 2016. The effects of soil texture on the ability of human remains detection dogs to detect buried human remains. Journal of Forensic Sciences 61(3):649-654.

Bates, Lennon and Daniel J. Wescott. 2016. Variation in the rate of decomposition between autopsied and non-autopsied remains. Forensic Sciences International 261:93-100.

Wescott, Daniel J. and Jessica L. Drew. 2015. Effects of obesity on the reliability of age-at-death indicators of the pelvis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156:595-605.
Aitkenhead-Peterson, Jacqueline A., Michael B. Alexander, Joan A. Bytheway, David O. Carter, Daniel J. Wescott. 2015. Application of soil chemistry in forensic entomology. In Jeffery K. Tomberlin and M. Eric Benbow (eds.) International Dimensions and Frontiers in Forensic Entomology. Boca Raton: CRC Press, pp. 283-296.

Harrington, Katherine I. and Daniel J. Wescott. 2015. Size and shape differences in the distal femur and proximal tibia between normal and obese American whites. Journal of Forensic Sciences 60(S1):S32-S38.

Wescott, Daniel J. 2015. Sexual dimorphism in auricular surface medial projection and postauricular sulcus morphology. Journal of Forensic Sciences 60:679-685.
Wescott, Daniel J. 2014. The relationship between long bone shape and terrestrial mobility patterns. In Kristian Carlson and Damiano Marchi (eds.). Mobility: Interpreting Behavior from Skeletal Adaptations and Environmental Interactions. New York: Springer, pp 111-132.
Wescott, Daniel J. 2014. Reconstructing habitual activities by biomechanical analysis of long bones. In Douglas Owsley and Richard L. Jantz (eds.). Kennewick Man: Scientific Interpretation of an Ancient American Skeleton. College Station: Texas A&M Press, pp 232-248.
Anderson, Derek, Timothy Havens, Christian Wagner, James Keller, Melissa Anderson, and Daniel Wescott. 2014. Extension of the fuzzy integral for general fuzzy set-valued information. Transactions on Fuzzy Systems 22(6):1625-1639
Wescott, Daniel J., Deborah L. Cunningham and David R. Hunt. 2014. Temporal trends in femoral diaphyseal torsional asymmetry among the Arikara associated with postural behavior. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 154(4):512-524.
Wescott, Daniel J. 2013 . Biomechanics of bone trauma. In P. Saukko and J. Siegel (eds.) Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, 2nd Edition, pp. 83-88. New York: Elsevier.
Wescott, Daniel J. Lori E. Baker, D. Clark Wernecke, and Michael B. Collins. 2012. Battefield injuries among Mexican soldiers from the Battle of Resaca de la Palma. Bulletin of Texas Archaeological Society 83:1-21.

Anderson, D.T., T.C. Havens, C. Wagner, J.M. Keller, M.F. Anderson, and D.J. Wescott. 2012. Sugeno fuzzy integral generalizations for sub-normal fuzzy set-valued inputs. IEEE International Congress on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE) 2012:1-8.

Anderson, Derek T., Melissa Anderson, James M. Keller, and Daniel J. Wescott. 2011. Linguistic description of adult skeletal age-at-death estimation from fuzzy integral acquired fuzzy sets. IEEE International Congress on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE), 2011:2274-2281.
Cho, Moon-Heum, Deanna M. Lankford, and Daniel J. Wescott. 2011. Exploring the relationship between college students’ epistemic beliefs and nature of science. Evolution: Education and Outreach 4:313-322 (DOI 10.1007/s12052-011-0324-7).
Wescott, Daniel J., Kelly Brinsko, Stephanie L. Golda, Jeff Nichols, Mark Spigelman, Bob Stewart, Margaret Streeter, Robert H. Tykot, and Ljuda Zamstein. 2010. A Fisk Patent Metallic Burial Case from western Missouri: a interdisciplinary and comprehensive effort to reconstruct the history of an early settler of Lexington, Missouri. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 2:283-305 (DOI 10.1007/s12520-010-0045-9)
Graves, Ronda, Amy Lupo, Robert McCarthy, Daniel J. Wescott, and Deborah L. Cunningham. 2010. Just how strapping was the Nariokotome Boy? Journal of Human Evolution 59(5):542-554.
Anderson, Melissa, Derek Anderson, and Daniel J. Wescott. 2010. Estimation of adult skeletal age-at-death using the Sugeno Fuzzy Integral. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 142(1):30-41.

Current Research Projects

Detection of clandestine graves and surface remains in Central Texas using remote sensing.

Validation of the utility of total body score and accumulated degree days to determine the postmortem interval of human remains from three human decomposition research facilities.

Effects of obesity on the trabecular structure of the knee.

Graphical user interface for multi-factorial age-at-death estimation using fuzzy integrals.