Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
The Biological and Forensic Anthropology Lab is dedicated to excellence in education, research, and service. The lab not only disseminates information but generates new knowledge through active faculty-led and student-led research projects resulting in peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional conferences. Finally, BAFAL will serve local, state, and federal law enforcement both in lab and field in any way possible, and benefit the wider community through public events, open workshops, and volunteer opportunities.
Gained transferable skills for participants and researchers include: image analysis, data collection and management, microscopy, biometrics, behavioral observation and survey, excavation, forensic search and recovery, laboratory procedure, project design and interpretation, cooperation, and leadership.
Hear this exciting podcast of Dr. Corey Maggiano, BAFAL Director, speaking about his research on Archaeology Podcast Network: New Advances in Oxygen Isotope Analysis with Dr. Corey Maggiano - Ep 119
BAFAL offers workshops in a number of subjects including Human Evolution, Forensic Anthropology, Genes and DNA, and Primatology. Workshops are open to all UWG students interested in gaining hands-on experience in a real lab setting.
Students interested in Physical Anthropology or Forensics, or any related field, like to organize, teach, learn, and meet new people, can volunteer at BAFAL! Our volunteers work along-side faculty on a wide range of projects that provide hands-on experimental and professional experience.
Faculty research at BAFAL currently focuses on several aspects of bone biology and novel applications of bone microscopic techniques in bioarchaeological and forensic contexts. Our goal is to create and improve methods used in the analysis of bone that aid in identification and increase our understanding of past and present human health and behavior.