March meeting

Forensic Anthropology – Sean Tallman
Wednesday, March 10
06:30 PM on Zoom

Come to our next monthly meeting to hear Sean Tallman discuss the field of forensic anthropology, peppering his presentation with his experiences in the field and research projects.

Sean Tallman (he/him/his) is a biological anthropologist specializing in forensic anthropology, human skeletal biology, and forensic archaeology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, M.A. from the State University Of New York, Binghamton, and B.A. from the University of Washington. Sean has held positions of forensic anthropologist, osteologist, archaeologist, and consultant in various contexts.

In particular, he served as a forensic anthropologist with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s Central Identification Laboratory (now the DPAA), where he contributed to the identification of numerous U.S. service members killed during past conflicts, and led archaeological recovery missions in France, Germany, Hawaii, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vietnam.

Sean is presently an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Department of Anthropology, and in the Program in Archaeology at Boston University. In the Program in Forensic Anthropology, he heads the Forensic and Bioanthropology Group (, where he teaches and advises students in human osteology, biological anthropology method and theory, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology. Additionally, he is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, scientific recovery expert/senior archaeologist with SNA international, and a forensic anthropologist with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT IX).

His research interests include sex and ancestry estimation, skeletal variability, population-specific biological profile methods, secular change, diversity and inclusion in forensic anthropology, critical race theory, and issues of human identification. He has published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Science International, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, and Forensic Magazine and he serves on the editorial board for Forensic Anthropology and American Anthropologist. He can be followed on Twitter at @FabLabBU.