Forensic Anthropology & Taphonomy

Joan A. Bytheway, Nichole Miller, Haeli Kennedy, West Ryan. Fracture Pattern of Inflicted Blunt Force Trauma to Mandibles of Human Cadavers. Submitted Journal of Forensic Anthropology, FORANT 2018-050. November 2018

Daniel J. Wescott, Dawnie Steadman, Nichole Miller, Kelly Sauerwein, M.J. Chaunesey, B. A. Clemmons, Devora S. Gleiber, Chloe P. McDaneld, Lauren A. Meckel, Joan A. Bytheway. Validation of the Total Body Score/Accumulated Degree Day Model at Three Human Decomposition Facilities. Journal of Forensic Anthropology. Early View, DOI:

Gretchen R. Dabbs, Joan A. Bytheway, Melissa Connor. Comparing the Scoring of Human Decomposition from Digital Images to Scoring Using On-site Observations. Journal of Forensic Sciences. September 2017 62(5):1292-1296

Gretchen R. Dabbs, Melissa Connor, Joan A. Bytheway, Interobserver reliability of the total body score system for quantifying human decomposition Journal of Forensic Sciences. March 2016 Vol.61 No.2, p445-451

J. A. Aitkenhead-Peterson, J. P. Fanche2, M. B. Alexander M. Hamilton, J. A. Bytheway and D. J. Wescott. Application of soil in forensic science: residual odor and human remains detection dogs. Forensic Science International. April 2015 249:304-313

Joan A. Bytheway, Melissa Connor, Gretchen R. Dabbs, Cheryl A. Johnston, Michelle Sunkel. The ethics and best practices of human decomposition facilities in the United States.Forensic Science Policy & Management. 2015 Vol.6 Issue 3/4, p59-68

Jacqueline A. Aitkenhead-Peterson, Michael B. Alexander, Joan A. Bytheway, David O. Carter, and Daniel J. Wescott Chapter 23: Applications of soil chemistry in forensic entomology in forensic entomology: International Dimensions and Frontiers, CRC Press

Joan A. Bytheway, Nicole C. Larison, Ann H. Ross. Comparison of atypical and normal burn patterns of human remains and recognition of pre-cremation blunt force trauma. Earth and Environmental Science – Anthropology Online. ISSN 2332-0915 November 13, 2014

Bytheway, JA and SM Pustilnik “Glycoproteinous adhesion deposits by Balanus improvisus on human skeletal and dental remains: A case report” J Forensic Sci Jan 2013

JA Aitkenhead-Peterson, CG Owings, MB Alexander, N Larison, JA Bytheway “Mapping the extent of human cadaver decomposition islands with soil chemistry” For Sci Int October 2011 online

Rippley A, NC Larison, KE Moss, JD Kelly, JA Bytheway, “Scavenging Behavior of Lynx rufus on Human Remains during the Winter Months of Southeast Texas” J Forensic Sci. March 2012

Forensic Entomology & Microbiology

Belk A., Xu Z.Z., Carter D.O., Lynne A.M., Bucheli S.R., Knight R. And Metcalf J.L. 2018. Microbiome Data Accurately Predicts the Postmortem Interval Using Random Forest Regression Models. Genes 9(2):104

Hyde Embriette R, Metcalf J.L., Bucheli, S.R., Lynne A.M., and Knight, R. 2017. Microbial Communities to Associated with Decomposing Corpses. In: Forensic Microbiology. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Bucheli, S.R. and Lynne, A.M. 2016. The Microbiome of Human Decomposition: Studying microbial communities involved at every stage of cadaver decomposition is leading to a more precise understanding of the overall process. Microbe 11(4):165-171

Metcalf, J.L., Xu, Z.Z., Weiss, S., Lax, S., Van Treuren, W., Hyde, E.R., Song, S.J., Amir, A., Laresen, P., Sangwan, N., Haarmann, D.P., Humphrey, G.C., Ackerman, G., Thompson, L.R., Lauber, C., Bibat, A., Nicholas, C., Gebert, M.J., Petrosino, J.F., Reed, S.C., Gilbert, J.A., Lynne A.M., Bucheli, S.R., Carter, D.O, And Knight, R. 2015. A Universal Clock for Estimating the Postmortem Interval. Science. DOI 10.1126/science.aad2646

Lindgren, N.K., M.S. Sisson, A.D. Archambeault, B.C. Rahlwes, J.R. Willett, And S.R. Bucheli. 2015. Four Forensic Entomology Case Studies: Records and Behavioral Observations on Seldom Reported Cadaver Fauna With Notes on Relevant Previous Occurrences and Ecology. Journal of Medical Entomology. DOI:

Lindgren NK, J Kelly, AD Archambeault, S Bucheli, JA Bytheway “Exclusion of forensically important flies due to burying behavior by the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) in southeast Texas” For Sci Int. June 2010 online.

Lindgren, N.K., S.R. Bucheli, A.D. Archambeault, B.C. Rahlwes and J.R. Willett. Four forensic entomology case studies: behavioral observations on seldom reported cadaver fauna with notes on relevant previous occurrences and ecology. (Submitted to Forensic Science International: 17 Aug 2012)

Forensic Biology

Harrel M, Mayes C, Houston R, Holmes AS, Gutierrez R, Hughes S. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2021 Nov;55:102586. The performance of quality controls in the Investigator Quantiplex Pro RGQ and Investigator 24plex STR kits with a variety of forensic samples. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2021.102586. Epub 2021 Aug 27.PMID: 34530399

Loockerman C, Miller B, Ramsey R, Hughes S, Houston R. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2021 Nov;55:102588. Collection and storage of DVI samples with microFLOQ® Direct swabs for direct amplification. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2021.102588. Epub 2021 Aug 30

Michelle Harrel, Sheree Hughes-Stamm. A Powder-free DNA Extraction Workflow for Skeletal Samples. 2019. J Forensic Sci. 2020; 65(2):601-609.doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.14197

Michelle Harrel, David Gangitano and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. The Effects of Extra PCR Cycles When Amplifying Skeletal Samples with the GlobalFlier PCR Amplification Kit. International Journal of Legal Medicine, epub ahead of print DOI: 10.1007/s00414-018-1860-2 (May 2018).

Kyleen Elwick, Magdalena Bus, Jonathan L. King, Joseph Chang, Sheree Hughes-Stamm, Bruce Budowle. Utility of the Ion S5™ and MiSeq FGx™ sequencing platforms to characterize challenging human remains. 2019. Leg Med (Tokyo). 2019 Nov;41:101623. doi: 10.1016/j.legalmed.2019.08.001. Epub 2019 Aug 14

Mayes C, Houston R, Seashols-Williams S, LaRue B, Hughes-Stamm S. (2019) The stability and persistence of blood and semen mRNA and miRNA targets for body fluid identification in environmentally challenged and laundered samples. Leg Med (Tokyo). May;38:45-50. doi: 10.1016/j.legalmed.2019.03.007. Epub 2019 Mar 28.

Xiangpei Zeng, Kyleen Elwick, Carrie Mayes, Jonathan L. King, Bruce Budowle, Sheree Hughes-Stamm. (2018). Assessment of impact of extraction methods on analysis of human remain samples on massively parallel sequencing success. International Journal of Legal Medicine.

Kyleen Elwick, Xiangpei Zeng, Carrie Mayes, Jonathan L. King, Bruce Budowle, Sheree Hughes-Stamm. Assessment of impact of extraction methods on analysis of human remain samples on massively parallel sequencing success. 2019. International Journal of Legal Medicine. 2019 Jan;133(1):51-58. doi: 10.1007/s00414-018-1955-9. Epub 2018 Oct 19.

Amy S. Holmes, Madeline G. Roman, David Gangitano, Sheree Hughes-Stamm. In-field collection and direct analysis of swabs from decomposing human remains for DVI. 2018 Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 Sep;36:124-129. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2018.06.015. Epub 2018 Jun 25.

Amy S. Holmes, Madeline G. Roman, Sheree Hughes-Stamm. In-field collection and preservation of decomposing human tissues to facilitate rapid purification and STR typing. Forensic Science International: Genetics. 2018 Jun 25;36:124-129. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2018.06.015.

Amanda Wheeler, Natalia Czado, David Gangitano, Meredith Turnbough, Sheree Hughes-Stamm. (2016). Comparison of DNA Yield and STR Success Rate from Different Tissues in Embalmed Bodies. International Journal of Legal Medicine. 2016 May 24;25:182-190.

Amy Sorensen, Elizabeth Rahman, Cassandra Canela, David Gangitano, Sheree Hughes-Stamm. (2016). Preservation and Rapid Purification of DNA from Decomposing Human Tissue Samples. Forensic Science International; Genetics 24;25:182-190. (Nov 26)

Forensic Chemistry, Trace & Pattern Analysis

Rippley AD, Yu CC, Bytheway JA. Examination of postmortem hair banding [Capstone Research Project]. College of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science Program, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville (TX), 2012.

Environmental Science

Jeffrey R. Wozniak, Monte L. Thies, Joan A. Bytheway, William I. Lutterschmidt. A hydrologic retention system and water quality monitoring program for a human decomposition research facility: concept and design. Journal of Forensic Sciences Jan 2015 60(1):54-60