Forensic and Bioanthropology Laboratory Group

Welcome to the Forensic and Bioanthropology Laboratory (FAB Lab) Group’s website! The FAB Lab Group is comprised of a BU Graduate Medical Sciences faculty member/forensic anthropologist, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates who are broadly interested in forensic and biological anthropology research areas. As such, our research includes but is not limited to: human skeletal biology and population history; biological profile method development and refinement; human identification; skeletal health and disease; and bioarchaeology. Please check back regularly for new information, updates, research results, and achievements!

Twitter: @FabLabBU

Faculty

Sean D. Tallman, Ph.D., RPA

  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Anthropology
  • Affiliate Faculty, Program in Archaeology
  • Scientific Recovery Expert – Senior Archaeologist, SNA International, for Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recoveries
  • Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Anthropology Section
  • Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, AAFS Anthropology Section
  • Member, Diversity and Outreach Committee, AAFS
  • Forensic Anthropologist, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT IX)
  • Member, Laboratory and Analysis Protocols Subcommittee, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (AAFS HHRRC)
  • Member, Anthropology Consensus Body, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board

tallman@bu.edu

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A., State University of New York, Binghamton 
B.A., University of Washington

Research interests: human skeletal biology; sex and ancestry estimation; skeletal variability of sexual dimorphism and ancestry in East and Southeast Asia; human identification; population history; forensic methods; diversity, inclusion, and mentorship in forensic anthropology

Courses taught yearly: Advanced Human Osteology (FA 806); History, Method, and Theory in Biological Anthropology (FA 790); Forensic Anthropology Techniques (FA 705); Bioarchaeology (FA 704)

Courses taught occasionally: Human Skeleton (AN 550); Special Topics in Biological Anthropology: Seminar in Forensic Anthropology (AN 597); Fractured Lives and Bodies: Forensic Anthropology, Disasters, and Human Rights (Kilachand Honors Course KHC MD 101)

 

Congratulations to 2019 M.S. Forensic Anthropology Program and FAB Lab graduates, Madelyn Green, Megan Atkinson, and Michelle Herrera (L-R, above); and Alyssa Reinman, Aubrie Sanchez, and Grace Kilroy (L-R, below)!! You will be missed!!

 

Current Students and Research Projects

Megan Atkinson: “Nonmetric Cranial Trait Expression in Pre-Contact Southwest Native Americans and Modern Asians”  mlatkin@bu.edu

Amelia Blanton: “Sexual Dimorphism of the Distal Humerus in Thai Individuals using Elliptic Fourier Analysis”  ameliaib@bu.edu

Sergio Calle: “Assessing Modern Hispanic Populations from Mexico and Colombia: A Comparative Analysis of Craniometric Differences”  scc435@bu.edu

Gabriela Card: “Examination of Musculoskeletal Stress Markers from Remains Discovered in a 15th Century Necropolis in Mistihalj, Montenegro” (through BU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program)  gkcard@bu.edu

Rachel Chaney: “An Examination of the Subpubic Region, Greater Sciatic Notch, and Obturator Variation in Thai Individuals Using Elliptic Fourier Analysis”  rechaney@bu.edu

Jessica Daniels: “Sexual Dimorphism of the Mental Eminence in Thai Individuals: An Approach Using Elliptic Fourier Analysis”  jesspd@bu.edu

Ellen Dooley: “Age-at-Death Estimation from Features of the First Rib” evd@bu.edu

Anna Elizabeth Getler: “Cranial Vault Secular Change between Archaic and Late-Intermediate Periods of Chile Using Morphometric Analyses”  agetler6@bu.edu

Michelle Herrera: “Analyzing Ancestry: Craniometric Variation in Contemporary Caribbean Populations”  herreram@bu.edu

Elena Janowiak: “A Comparison of Haptic and Virtual Reality Methodologies in Forensic Facial Approximation” ekjano@bu.edu

Caroline Kincer: “The Effects of Frontal Bone Remodeling during Facial Feminization Surgery on Perceptions of Sexual Dimorphism” ckincer@bu.edu

Savannah Mills: “Exploring Sexual Dimorphism of Cranial Nonmetric Traits in Central Mexican Individuals”  srmills@bu.edu

 

Past Students and Research Projects

Madelyn Green: “The Estimation of Japanese and Native American Ancestry using Dental Morphometric Trait Comparisons”  mkgreen@bu.edu (Ph.D. student, Department of Anthropology, Ohio State University)

Kalan Jasny: “The Effects of Cancer Treatment-Induced Bone Loss on Morphological Sex Estimation” klbrehm@bu.edu (Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Boston, MA)

Grace Kilroy: “The Effects of Secular Change on Cranial Nonmetric Traits in European American Adults”  gkilroy@bu.edu (Ph.D. student, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Jennifer Kroll: “The Progression of Vertebral Osteoporosis: The Correlations between Vertebral Pathologies and Sociodemographic Risk Factors”  jk786163@bu.edu (Autopsy Technician, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Boston, MA)

Claire Mincher: “Enthesophytes: Correlations of Bony Growth at Tendon and Ligament Insertion Sites in African and European American Individuals”  cmincher@bu.edu (Autopsy Technician, Knox County Regional Forensic Center, Knoxville, TN)

Meredith Patterson: “Cranial and Postcranial Metric Sex Estimation between Modern Thai and Native American Individuals”  mpatt8@bu.edu (On-Site Specialist, Stryker Corporation, White Plains, NY)

Alyssa Reinman: “Ancestry Estimation in Subadult Skeletons”  arenman@bu.edu

Brittany Trapp: “The Effects of Household Corrosive Acids on Restored and Non-Restored Teeth” bmtrapp@bu.edu (Crime Analyst, Research and Analysis Department, Tucson Police Department, Tucson, AZ)

Aubrie Sanchez: “The Effects of Orthopedic Pathologies on the Prevalence of Hip Osteoarthritis”  aubmsan@bu.edu (Ph.D. student, Injury Biomechanics Research Center, Ohio State University)

 

Publications

2019  Go MC, Tallman SD, Kim J. “Advances in Forensic Anthropological Research in East and Southeast Asia” Forensic Anthropology (special issue)

2019  Patterson MM, Tallman SD “Cranial and Postcranial Metric Sex Estimation in Modern Thai and Archaeological Native American Individuals” Forensic Anthropology (special issue) DOI: 10.5744/fa.2019.1009 

2019  Tallman SD “Cranial Nonmetric Sexual Dimorphism and Sex Estimation in East and Southeast Asian Individuals,” Forensic Anthropology (special issue) DOI: 10.5744/fa.2019.1010 

2019  Tallman SD “Book Review: New Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification,” Forensic Anthropology 2:57-60

2018  Trapp BM, Tallman SD “The Effects of Household Corrosive Acids on Silver Amalgam and Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Restorations and Non-Restored Teeth,” Forensic Science International 293:77-85

2018  Tallman SD, Go MC “Application of the Optimized Summed Scored Attributes Method to Sex Estimation in Asian Crania,” Journal of Forensic Sciences 63:809-814

2015  Tallman SD and Winburn AP “Forensic Applicability of Femur Subtrochanteric Shape to Ancestry Assessment in Thai and White American Males,” Journal of Forensic Sciences 60:1283-1289

 

Conference Presentations

2019  Grace S. Kilroy, Sean D. Tallman “Secular Change in Macropmorphoscopic Trait Frequencies in Modern European Americans.” (Kilroy and Tallman (2019) Presented at the 88th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Cleveland, OH

Grace Kilroy and Dr. Sean Tallman at the 88th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Cleveland, OH

2019  Aubrie M. Sanchez, Sean D. Tallman “The Effects of Orthopedic Pathologies on the Prevalence of Hip Arthritis.” (Sanchez and Tallman (2019) Presented at the 88th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Cleveland, OH

Aubrie Sanchez and Dr. Sean Tallman at the 88th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Cleveland, OH

2019  Madelyn Green, Sean D. Tallman “Interpreting Intra-Population Variability from Dental Morphology and Tooth Dimensions of a Modern Seminole Native American Sample.” (Green and Tallman (2019) Presented at the 88th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Cleveland, OH

Madelyn Green and Dr. Sean Tallman at the 88th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Cleveland, OH

2019  Megan L. Atkinson, Sean D. Tallman “Nonmetric Cranial Trait Expression in Pre-Contact Southwest Native Americans and Modern Asians.” (Atkinson and Tallman (2019) Presented at the 88th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Cleveland, OH

Megan Atkinson and Dr. Sean Tallman at the 88th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Cleveland, OH

2019  Sean D. Tallman, Cate E. Bird “Diversity and Inclusion in Forensic Anthropology: Where We Stand and Prospects for the Future.” Presented at the invited symposium “Diversity and Inclusion in Forensic Anthropology,” 71st annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Sean Tallman presenting at the 71st annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences along with “Diversity and Inclusion in Forensic Anthropology” symposium contributors, Baltimore, MD 

2018  Grace Kilroy, Sean D. Tallman “Exploring Secular Change in Nonmetric Trait Frequencies Associated with Ancestry Estimation in European American Individuals.” Presented at the 8th annual meeting of the Bioarchaeologists’ Northeast Regional Dialogue, Camden, NJ

2018  Aubrie Sanchez, Sean D. Tallman “Preliminary Results on the Effects of Orthopedic Pathologies on the Prevalence of Hip Osteoarthritis.” Presented at the 8th annual meeting of the Bioarchaeologists’ Northeast Regional Dialogue, Camden, NJ 

Michelle Herrera, Aubrie Sanchez, and Grace Kilroy at the 8th annual meeting of the Bioarchaeologists’ Northeast Regional Dialog, Camden, NJ

2018  Michelle Herrera “Analyzing Ancestry: Craniometric Variation in Contemporary Caribbean Populations.” Presented at the 8th annual meeting of the Bioarchaeologists’ Northeast Regional Dialogue, Camden, NJ

Michelle Herrera presenting at the 8th annual meeting of the Bioarchaeologists’ Northeast Regional Dialog, Camden NJ

2018  Sergio C. Calle, Sean D. Tallman, Kate M. Spradley “A Geometric Morphometric Analysis of Contemporary Populations from Mexico and Colombia.” (Calle et al. 2018) Presented at the 70th annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA

two students presenting a research posterSergio Calle and Dr. Sean Tallman at the 70th annual meeting of the Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA

2018  Kalan L. Jasny, Sean D. Tallman “The Effects of Cancer Treatment Induced Bone Loss on Morphological Sex Assessment.” (Jasny and Tallman 2018) 87th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Austin, TX

two students presenting a research posterKalan Jasny and Dr. Sean Tallman at the 87th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Austin, TX

2018  Jennifer A. Kroll, Sean D. Tallman “The Progression of Vertebral Osteoporosis: Correlations between Vertebral Pathological Conditions and Sociodemographic Risk Factors.” (Kroll and Tallman 2018) 87th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Austin, TX

two students presenting a research posterJennifer Kroll and Dr. Sean Tallman at the 87th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Austin, TX

2018  Claire E. Mincher, Sean D. Tallman “Enthesophytes: Correlation of Bony Growth at Tendon Insertion Sites with Socio-Demographic Factors in European and African American Individuals.” (Mincher and Tallman 2018) 87th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Austin, TX

two students presenting a research posterClaire Mincher and Dr. Sean Tallman at the 87th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Austin, TX 

2018  Meredith M. Patterson, Sean D. Tallman “Cranial and Postcranial Metric Sex Determination between Modern Thai and Native American Populations.” (Patterson and Tallman 2018) 7th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Austin, TX

two students presenting a research posterMeredith Patterson and Dr. Sean Tallman at the 87th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Austin, TX

2018  Sean D. Tallman “The Utility of Clavicular and Humeral Nonmetric Sex Assessment Methods in Japanese and Thai Individuals.” Presented at the 70th annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA

powerpoint slide saying "Population-Specific Methods"Dr. Sean Tallman presenting at the 70th annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA

2018  Brittany Trapp, Sean D. Tallman “The Effects of Household Corrosive Acids on Restored and Non-Restored Teeth.” (Trapp and Tallman 2018) Presented at the 70th annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA

two students presenting research on a posterBrittany Trapp and Dr. Sean Tallman at the 70th annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA

2017  Jennifer Kroll, Sean D. Tallman “The Progression of Vertebral Osteoporosis: The Correlations between Vertebral Pathologies and Sociodemographic Risk Factors.” Presented at the 7th annual meeting of the Bioarchaeologists’ Northeast Regional Dialog Conference, Hamden, CT

2017  Meredith Patterson, Sean D. Tallman “Metric Sex Determination between Modern Thai and Native American Populations.” Presented at the 7th annual meeting of the Bioarchaeologists’ Northeast Regional Dialog Conference, Hamden, CT

2017  Sean D. Tallman, Mathew Go, Chairs and Organizers of the invited symposium, “Broadening Forensic Anthropology: Bringing East and Southeast Asia to the Forefront,” 86th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, New Orleans, LA

2017  Sean D. Tallman “Cranial and Pelvic Nonmetric Sexual Dimorphism in Modern Japanese and Thai Individuals.” (Tallman 2017) Presented at the invited symposium, “Broadening Forensic Anthropology: Bringing East and Southeast Asian into the Forefront,” 86th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, New Orleans, LA

man giving a presentation to a group of studentsDr. Sean Tallman speaking at the 86th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, New Orleans, LA

2017  Sean D. Tallman “Cranial Nonmetric Variability and Ancestry Assessment in Japanese and Thai Individuals.” Presented at the 69th annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, New Orleans, LA

2017  Brittany Trapp, Sean D. Tallman “The Effects of Household Corrosive Acids on Restored and Non-Restored Teeth.” Presented at the 7th annual meeting of the Bioarchaeologists’ Northeast Regional Dialog Conference, Hamden, CT

2017  Allysha Powanda Winburn, Audrey L. Scott, Cate E. Bird, Sean D. Tallman “Changing the Mentorship Paradigm: Survey Data and Interpretations from Forensic Anthropology Practitioners.” (Winburn et al. 2017) Presented at the 69th annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, New Orleans, LA

2015  Sean D. Tallman “Femur Subtrochanteric Shape and Ancestry Assessment in Modern Japanese and Thai Individuals.” (Tallman 2015) Presented at the invited symposium, “Kampsville: Celebrating Six Decades of Anthropological Research,” 84th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St. Louis, MO

 

Awards

Sergio Calle: American Association of Physical Anthropologist’s Pollitzer Student Travel Award, 2017

Sergio Calle: Boston University School of Medicine Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Travel Award, 2018

Madelyn Green: National Science Foundation’s (NSF) and Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science’s (JSPS) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EASPI) for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Grant (#1713808): “Discernment of Japanese and Native American Ancestry Using Nonmetric and Metric Dental Traits,” 2017-2018

Madelyn Green: American Association of Physical Anthropologist’s Pollitzer Student Travel Award, 2017

Kalan Jasny: Boston University School of Medicine Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Travel Award, 2018

Aubrie Sanchez: International Association of Identification’s George H. Robinson’s Memorial Scholarship, 2019

Aubrie Sanchez: County Treasurer’s Association of Texas Scholarship, 2018

Sean D. Tallman: National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Graduate Research Fellowship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Grant (#2015-DN-BX-0002): “The Evaluation and Refinement of Nonmetric Sex and Ancestry Assessment Methods in Japanese and Thai Individuals,” 2015-2016

Sean D. Tallman: National Science Foundation’s (NSF) and Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science’s (JSPS) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) for Science, Engineering, and Teaching (#1414742): “EAPSI: Improving Identifications for Japanese Individuals in Forensic Contexts,” 2014-2015

Brittany Trapp: Boston University School of Medicine Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Travel Award, 2018

 

Relevant Links, Information, and Organizations

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Forensic Anthropology Center Short Courses

American Academy of Forensic Sciences  (AAFS)

American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA); Abstracts due in October for April 2019 meeting

AAPA’s Committee on Diversity

Society for American Archaeology (SAA)

SAA Queer Archaeology Interest Group

Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA)

Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Forensic Anthropology Science Collective In Asia (FASCIA)

Bioarchaeologists’ Northeast Regional Dialog (BRND); Meeting 13 October 2018

Paleopathology Association (PPA)

Congratulations to 2018 M.S. Forensic Anthropology and FAB Lab graduates Sergio Calle, Kalan Jasny, Jennifer Kroll, Claire Mincher, Meredith Patterson, and Brittany Trapp! You will be missed!!

Trapp and Tallman on graduation day Kroll and Tallman on graduation day