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Dr. John Langdon, Professor of Biology & Anthropology

Dr. John H. Langdon

Professor of Biology & Anthropology

  • Expertise in human biology, human anatomy and human evolution
  • PhD, Anthropology

Areas of Expertise
human evolution; human anatomy; human biology

Background
Dr. Langdon has written three books, The Human Strategy: An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Anatomy (Oxford University Press), Human Dissection for the Allied Health Sciences (Little, Brown), and Functional Morphology of the Miocene Hominoid Foot (S. Karger), and co-edited a fourth, The Natural History of Paradigms (University of Indianapolis Press). He is currently working on a project to reconstruct the human biological history of Franklin County, IN.

Research Interests
historical demography; human biology; human evolution; functional and evolutionary morphology; history and development of paleoanthropology; evolution of human behavior; history and process of the natural sciences

Education
PhD, Anthropology, Yale University
MPhil, Anthropology, Yale University
BA, Anthropology, Harvard University

Fun fact
I appear to be the go-to skeptic on the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis for journalists around the world.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The opportunity to mentor a graduate student through a thesis and into a doctoral program.

Contact Information
langdon@uindy.edu
317-788-3447
Esch Hall, 233D 

Dr. Krista Latham, Assistant Professor of Biology & Anthropology

Dr. Krista E. Latham

Associate Professor of Biology & Anthropology
Director, Molecular Anthropology Laboratory
Co-Director, Archeology & Forensics Laboratory

  • Expertise in molecular and forensic anthropology
  • PhD, Anthropology

Areas of Expertise
molecular and forensic anthropology

Background
Dr. Latham has supervised numerous research projects with undergraduate and graduate students investigating the transfer of DNA to objects and how that can impact criminal investigations, as well as various aspects of skeletal analysis. Additionally, she has conducted fieldwork with UIndy students in Santiago, Chile and South Texas. Dr. Latham recently co-edited a book entitled Age Estimation of the Human Skeleton which compiles different techniques used to estimate age at death of the skeleton. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist (D-ABFA). She currently serves as a Consulting Forensic Anthropologist for police, coroners and pathologists in the Midwestern United States and has delivered numerous lectures for state and local agencies around the country. Dr. Latham also serves as a DNA Expert in the U.S. Federal Court System.

Research Interests
investigation of different aspects of skeletal biology; population genetics; skeletal DNA

Education
PhD, Anthropology, Temple University
MA, Anthropology, Temple University
MS, Human Biology, University of Indianapolis
BS, Biology, University of North Texas

Fun fact
My favorite food is nachos.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The people!

Contact Information
lathamke@uindy.edu
317-788-2060
Good Hall, 017C

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Dr. Stephen Nawrocki, professor of biology & anthropology

Dr. Stephen P. Nawrocki

Sease Distinguished Professor of Forensic Studies & Professor of Biology
Honorary Professor of Anatomy, University of Pretoria, South Africa 

  • Expertise in skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, osteoarcheology, and more
  • PhD, Anthropology

Areas of Expertise
skeletal biology; forensic anthropology; human taphonomy; osteoarcheology; skeletal age estimation; biostatistics; historic cemeteries

Background
Dr. Nawrocki has taught full-time at the University of Indianapolis since 1991, where he is currently a tenured professor of biology and anthropology, serves as the Director of Osteology at the Archeology & Forensics Laboratory, and is also the Director of the Master of Science in Human Biology program. One of only 60 board-certified forensic anthropologists in North America, Dr. Nawrocki has served as a consultant on hundreds of human remains cases in Indiana and Illinois and has delivered numerous lectures at educational seminars around the country. In 1999, Dr. Nawrocki was named "Teacher of the Year" at the University of Indianapolis, where he also received the Booker Teaching Award for the Sciences in 1993. Dr. Nawrocki has authored several books and has published in journals including the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Florida Anthropologists.

Research Interests
analysis and identification of human skeletons; environmental processes affecting buried and scattered bones (taphonomy); evidence recovery from outdoor crime scenes (forensic archeology)

Education
PhD, Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton
MA, Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton
BA, Anthropology & Psychology, University of Maine at Orono

Fun fact
In his spare time, Dr. Nawrocki plays guitar in his church band and enjoys birding and hiking with his family.

Contact Information
snawrocki@uindy.edu
317-788-3486
Good Hall 008