UH West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of Forensic Anthropology Jennifer Byrnes published an article titled, “Practical Considerations in Trace Element Analysis of Bone by Portable X-ray Fluorescence” in the July 2016 Journal of Forensic Sciences. In the article, Byrnes discusses the limitations of using this technology with bone, specifically how elemental results should be interpreted and considerations of diagenetic factors in burial settings.
Dr. Jennifer Byrnes
Dr. Jennifer Byrnes received her doctorate from the University at Buffalo in physical anthropology and joined the UH West Oʻahu faculty in 2014. She is the faculty advisor for the UHWO certificate of applied forensic anthropology and works closely with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the Honolulu County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Leeward Community College, and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Anthropology Department. She worked with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City Forensic Anthropology unit, deployed on a recovery mission to Vietnam with the DPAA, and conducted bioarchaeology excavations in western New York State and Turkey. Byrnes teaches Physical Anthropology, Forensic Investigations, Human Skeletal Biology, Human Ecological Adaptations, and Senior Practicum courses at UH West Oʻahu.