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HHRRC Series Webinar: Stable Isotope Forensics & Unknown Persons Investigations [Archival]

May 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

On May 24, 2017, this webinar discussed applications of stable isotope analysis for predicting region of origin of unidentified border crossers found within the United States. Participants will understand the applications and limitations of stable isotope analysis.

This webinar highlights the application of stable isotope analysis in predicting the region of origin of unidentified border crossers (UBCs) found deceased within the United States. Recent applications of stable isotope forensics for provenancing human remains address several challenges and limitations, and present some guidelines for future research. Over the past decade, the use of stable isotope analysis has become an increasingly important part of forensic casework. It has been applied to unidentified human remains cases from local jurisdictions, past wars and conflicts, victims of genocide, and undocumented border crossers. These applications have been successful due to the recent development of baseline water and geological ‘isoscape’ maps for various regions, as well as defining regional and cultural variation in human diets. Collaborations between forensic anthropologists and analytical chemists have provided new opportunities to develop and test new methods by evaluating samples of known origin. [Read More]

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.

A certificate of completion is available for all who register and attend this webinar.


Eric Bartelink


May 24, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT