Professional Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Mount Allison University (2000)
  • Master of Arts, Bryn Mawr College (2002)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tennessee Knoxville (2011)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • Modeling Bone Surface Morphology: A Fully Quantitative Method for Age-at-Death Estimation Using the Pubic Symphysis. Journal of forensic sciences Slice, D. E., Algee-Hewitt, B. F. 2015; 60 (4): 835-843


    The pubic symphysis is widely used in age estimation for the adult skeleton. Standard practice requires the visual comparison of surface morphology against criteria representing predefined phases and the estimation of case-specific age from an age range associated with the chosen phase. Known problems of method and observer error necessitate alternative tools to quantify age-related change in pubic morphology. This paper presents an objective, fully quantitative method for estimating age-at-death from the skeleton, which exploits a variance-based score of surface complexity computed from vertices obtained from a scanner sampling the pubic symphysis. For laser scans from 41 modern American male skeletons, this method produces results that are significantly associated with known age-at-death (RMSE = 17.15 years). Chronological age is predicted, therefore, equally well, if not, better, with this robust, objective, and fully quantitative method than with prevailing phase-aging systems. This method contributes to forensic casework by responding to medico-legal expectations for evidence standards.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/1556-4029.12778

    View details for PubMedID 25929827

  • An enhanced computational method for age-at-death estimation based on the pubic symphysis using 3D laser scans and thin plate splines. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Stoyanova, D., Algee-Hewitt, B. F., Slice, D. E. 2015

    View details for DOI 10.1002/ajpa.22797

  • The Myth of Race. The troubling persistence of an unscientific idea. (review). American Journal of Physical Anthropology Algee-Hewitt, B. F. 2015

    View details for DOI 10.1002/ajpa.22745