Daniel J. Wescott

Daniel Wescott

Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center
Associate Professor

Office: Grady Early Laboratory
Phone: (512) 245-1945
Email: dwescott@txstate.edu
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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.

Recent Publications

Wescott, Daniel J. and Lauren Rockhold Zephro. 2016. Secular change in femur diaphyseal biomechanical properties of American whites. Human Biology [in press].

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ipp.2015.10.003].

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 [in press].

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, in press.
Wescott, Daniel J. 2015. Sexual dimorphism in auricular surface medial projection and postauricular sulcus morphology. Journal of Forensic Sciences, in press.
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.
Deborah L. Cunningham and Daniel J. Wescott. 2009. Still more “fancy” and “myth” than “fact” in students’ conceptions of evolution. Evolution: Education and Outreach 2:505-517.
Wescott, Daniel J. 2009. Approaches and trends in forensic anthropology. Journal Minerva Medicolegale 129(3):155-164.
Wescott, Daniel J. and Deepa Srikanta. 2008. Assessing ancestry using femur subtrochanteric shape revisited: testing the assumptions of the Gilbert and Gill method. Journal of Comparative Human Biology HOMO 59:347-363.
Wieberg, Danielle A.M. and Daniel J. Wescott. 2008. Estimating the timing of long bone fractures: correlation between the postmortem interval, bone moisture content and blunt force trauma fracture characteristics. Journal of Forensic Sciences 53:1028-1034.
Wescott, Daniel J. 2008. Biomechanical analysis of humeral and femoral structural variation in the Great Plains. Plains Anthropologist 53 (207): 333-355.
Konigsberg, Lyle W., Nicholas P. Herrmann, Daniel J. Wescott, and Erin M. Kimmerle. 2008. Estimation and evidence in forensic anthropology: age-at-death. Journal of Forensic Sciences 53:541-557.
Giroux, Carolyn L. and Daniel J. Wescott. 2008. Stature estimation based on dimensions of the bony pelvis and proximal femur. Journal of Forensic Science 53:65-68.

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.