Faculty Profile for Dr. Danny Wescott

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Dr. Danny 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.
  • Aitkenhead-Peterson, J. A., Fancher, J. P., Alexander, M. B., Hamilton, M. D., Bytheway, J. A., & Wescott, D. J. (2021). Predicting postmortem interval for human cadavers in a sub-tropical climate using UV-Vis-near infrared spectroscopy. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 66(1), 190–201. https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.14579
  • Kootker, L. M., von Holstein, I. C. C., Broeders, J., Wescott, D. J., Davies, G. R., & Mickleburgh, H. L. (2020). The effects of decompostion and environment on perimortem H-Sr-Pb isotopic composition and degradation of human scalp hair: an actualistic experiment. Forensic Science International, 312.
  • Pesko, B. K., Weidt, S., McLaughlin, M., Wescott, D. J., Torrance, H., Burgess, K., & Burchmore, R. (2020). Post-mortomics: the potential of untargeted metabolomics to highlight markers for time since death. OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology, 24(11). https://doi.org/10.1089/omi.2020.0084
  • Wescott, D. J. (n.d.). Identification of two possible human bone fragments from Georgetown, Texas.

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

  • Mavroudas, Sophia (Principal), Herrmann, Nicholas Paul (Co-Principal), Hamilton, Michelle D (Co-Principal), Wescott, Daniel J (Co-Principal), Falleur, David M (Co-Principal), Jacobson, Jodi Arlene (Co-Principal). Acquiring a Microscopy Suite for Forensic Anthropology, Archaeology, and Biology, NSF, Federal, $255000. (Funded: September 1, 2019 - September 2021). Grant.
  • 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.

Selected Service Activities

Consultant Forensic Anthropologist
Finding Lucas Hernandez Group
August 2018-Present
Consulting Forensic Anthropologist
Consulting Forensic Anthropologist
Texas Ranger
Freeman Center Advisory Committee
April 2012-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Sam Houston State University
January 2020-February 2020