John Schultz

Dr. John Schultz is an Associate Professor and specializes in biological anthropology with primary interests in forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology. His research interests include taphonomic applications in forensic anthropology, forensic archaeology search methods, remote sensing in forensic archaeology including the use of ground penetrating radar methods both for forensic and archaeological contexts, and chemical analysis of bone in forensic anthropology. Dr. Schultz works with the local medical examiner and law enforcement agencies on the search, recovery, and identification of human skeletal remains.

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Dr. Schultz usually accepts one or two students each year, and the program is very competitive for students interested in Forensic Anthropology. Students should have a competitive undergraduate GPA and competitive GRE scores when applying. It is also expected that anthropology students will have already completed an osteology course when applying to the program. Anthropology students with a strong biology, chemistry or archaeological background are preferred. Students should contact Dr. Schultz directly before applying to the program to discuss their interests.

Dr. Schultz is looking for graduate students with an interest in:

  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic taphonomy
  • Ground-penetrating radar methods
  • Forensic archaeology and GIS

Examples of research projects conducted by Dr. Schultz’s students:

  • Chemical differentiation using scanning electron microscopy
  • X-Ray fluorescence spectrometry to distinguish non-bone materials
  • Side-scan sonar to detect submerged remains
  • Geospatial systems for analysis in mapping of skeletal dispersals
  • Monitoring of controlled graves with ground penetrating radar