Faculty Profile for Dr. Daniel J Wescott

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Dr. Daniel J Wescott
Professor — Anthropology
ELA 232
phone: (512) 245-8272

Biography Section

Research Interests

I am a biological anthropologists with a research focus on developing and testing forensic anthropological methods for reconstructing biological profiles, trauma patterns, and the post mortem interval. I also use long bone biomechanics to reconstruct activity patterns and behavior in past populations, and test hypotheses regarding changes in human skeletal morphology due to evolutionary and secular forces.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Wescott, D. J. (2019). Postmortem changes in bone mechanical properties: loss of plasticity. Forensic Science International, 300, 164–169.
  • Wescott, D. J., & Mavroudas, S. R. (2019, July). Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State: Supporting the Texas criminal justice system. Victim’s Informer, 24(2), 6–9. Retrieved from https://www.tdcj.texas.gov/publications/victim_informer_newsletter.html
  • Cunningham, D. L., Rogers, M. V., Wescott, D. J., & McCarthy, R. C. (2019). Re-evaluation of the body mass estimates for the KNM-ER 5428 Homo erectus talus. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
  • Wescott, D. J. (2019). Forensic Anthropological Analysis of Remains from Seguin, TX.
  • Wescott, D. J. (2019). Anthropological analysis of human cranium: San Marcos Police Department 19-038221 (F06-2019).

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Scholarly / Creative Activities, College of Liberal Arts. August 2016
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award. May 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, College of Liberal Arts. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Dean's Award for Excellence in Grant and Contracting Funding, College of Liberal Arts. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alfred H. Nolle Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society at Texas State University. August 2014 - December 2014

Selected Grants

  • Wescott, Daniel J (Principal). Detection of clandestine graves and surface remains in Central Texas using remote sensing, Texas State University, Institutional (Higher Ed), $7482. (Funded: 2014). Grant.
  • Wescott, Daniel J (Principal). Bioarchaeological investigation of the Shiloh Methodist Cemetery: Health, Diet, and Activity of African Americans during the mid 19th Century, University of Missouri, Institutional (Higher Ed), $7191. (Funded: 2008). Grant.
  • Wescott, Daniel J (Principal). Secular change in human long bone diaphyseal strength and shape in the United States, University of Missouri, Institutional (Higher Ed), $7000. (Funded: 2008). Grant.
  • Wescott, Daniel J (Principal). Secular change in human long bone diaphyseal strength and shape in the United States from 1925-1980, University of Missouri, Institutional (Higher Ed), $26700. (Funded: 2008). Grant.
  • Wescott, Daniel J (Principal). Secular change in femur diaphyseal strength and shape in the United State, University of Missouri, Institutional (Higher Ed), $3451. (Funded: 2006). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Consultant Forensic Anthropologist
Finding Lucas Hernandez Group
August 2018-Present
Consulting Forensic Anthropologist
Equasearch
2014-Present
Consulting Forensic Anthropologist
Texas Ranger
2012-Present
Member
Freeman Center Advisory Committee
April 2012-Present
Member
Politzer Student Travel Award Committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists
January 2012-2018