Sarah is a biological anthropologist and practicing forensic anthropologist with experience working on forensic investigations in numerous states in the United States. She received her B.A. in Anthropology in 2000 from the University of Maine, her M.S. in Human Biology from the University of Indianapolis in 2007, and doctorate through the University of Florida in 2017. Sarah’s research involves the study of human taphonomy, which is the study of decomposition over time and the natural processes that impact preservation. Early in her career, she worked on several mass disaster incidents, including the World Trade Center Disaster, the crash of American Airlines Flight 587, and search and recovery following Hurricane Katrina. Sarah has experience implementing quality assurance procedures that adhere to the highest national and international scientific standards (ASCLD, ISO), guidelines (NIST, SWG’s) and recommendations (NAS 2009).
Sarah has been qualified to provide expert witness testimony by state courts in criminalistics and forensic anthropology and her scientific technical reports have been submitted as evidence in criminal cases involving the search and recovery of human remains, examination and serological testing of biological evidence, and analysis of skeletal trauma in forensic investigations. She has taught thirteen different courses across seven institutions. Sarah has provided more than thirty forensic trainings and workshops to law enforcement and scientific professionals, co-authored and authored more than a hundred technical reports, presented ten independent, peer-reviewed research projects, and been awarded ten individual grants and assistantships.