James T. Pokines, PhD

Associate Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

James Pokines
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)


Dr. Pokines is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. He has over 17 years of experience as a Forensic Anthropologist and Forensic Archaeologist. Dr. Pokines received his B.A. degree in anthropology and archaeology from Cornell University, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of Chicago, and A.B.F.A. Board certification in forensic anthropology. His research includes vertebrate osteology, zooarchaeology, taphonomy, and paleoecology, and he has ongoing archaeological projects in the Bolivian Andes (Tiwanaku and related sites), taphonomy of early hominin sites in South Africa, the Paleolithic of northern Jordan, and forensic taphonomy in New England. He is also the Forensic Anthropologist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Boston.

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences


  • University of Chicago, PhD
  • University of Chicago, MA
  • Cornell University, BA


  • Published on 2/21/2018

    Berger JM, Pokines JT, Moore TL. Analysis of Class Characteristics of Reciprocating Saws. J Forensic Sci. 2018 Feb 21. PMID: 29464701.

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  • Published on 12/21/2017

    Pollock CR, Pokines JT, Bethard JD. Organic staining on bone from exposure to wood and other plant materials. Forensic Sci Int. 2018 Feb; 283:200-210. PMID: 29324349.

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  • Published on 2/1/2017

    Yucha JM, Pokines JT, Bartelink EJ. A Comparative Taphonomic Analysis of 24 Trophy Skulls from Modern Forensic Cases. J Forensic Sci. 2017 Sep; 62(5):1266-1278. PMID: 28144937.

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  • Published on 12/8/2016

    Brennaman AL, Love KR, Bethard JD, Pokines JT. A Bayesian Approach to Age-at-Death Estimation from Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder in Modern North Americans. J Forensic Sci. 2017 May; 62(3):573-584. PMID: 27930820.

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  • Published on 11/16/2016

    Newcomb AM, Pokines JT, Moore TL. Taphonomic Effects of Mechanical Plowing on Buried Juvenile-Sized Remains. J Forensic Sci. 2017 01; 62(1):67-73. PMID: 27864968.

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  • Published on 11/11/2016

    Pokines JT, Sussman R, Gough M, Ralston C, McLeod E, Brun K, Kearns A, Moore TL. Taphonomic Analysis of Rodentia and Lagomorpha Bone Gnawing Based Upon Incisor Size. J Forensic Sci. 2017 01; 62(1):50-66. PMID: 27859293.

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  • Published on 9/1/2016

    Nowell A, Walker C, Cordova CE, Ames CJH, Pokines JT, Stueber D, DeWitt R, al-Souliman ASA. Middle Pleistocene subsistence in the Azraq Oasis, Jordan: Protein residue and other proxies. Journal of Archaeological Science. 2016; 72:36-33.

  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Pokines JT, King RE, Graham DD, Costello AK, Adams DM, Pendray JM, Rao K, Siwek D. The effects of experimental freeze-thaw cycles to bone as a component of subaerial weathering. Journal of Archaeological Science. 2016; 6:594-602.

  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Pokines JT, Springer K. A case of localized corrosion on bone caused by chemical contact. Journal of Forensic Identification. 2016; 66(3):173-186.

  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Pokines JT, Santana SA, Hellar JD, Bian P, Downs A, Wells N, Price MD. The taphonomic effects of eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) gnawing upon bone. Journal of Forensic Identification. 2016; 66(4):349-375.

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