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Jennifer
Social Sciences
E213
Byrnes
Assistant Professor of Forensic Anthropology
808-689-2394

Dr. Jennifer Byrnes completed her graduate training at the University at Buffalo in physical anthropology, and joined UH West O‘ahu in 2014. She is the faculty advisor for the Certificate in Applied Forensic Anthropology. Her training has primarily been in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. Research interests include disability (social theory) and bioarchaeology, paleopathology, trauma, skeletal biology, and the bioarchaeology of institutes.

Ph.D. Physical Anthropology
SUNY at Buffalo, 2009-2015

M.A. Physical Anthropology 
SUNY at Buffalo, 2006-2009

B.S. Biology, minors in Chemistry and Anthropology
SUNY College at Geneseo, 2002-2006

2014-Present: Assistant Professor, Anthropology
University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu

Fall 2012: Adjunct Instructor, Anthropology
Genesee Community College

  • ANTH 151 Emerging Humanity
  • ANTH 215/L Biological Anthropology and Lab
  • ANTH 384/LHuman Skeletal Biology and Lab
  • ANTH 415 Human Ecological Adaptations
  • ANTH 458 Forensic Anthropology
  • SSCI 486A/490A/490F Senior Practicum/Projects

Byrnes, JF, MW Kenyhercz, and GE Berg. (2017). Examining Inter-observer Reliability of Metric and Morphoscopic Characteristics of the Mandible. Journal of Forensic Sciences 62(4): 981-985.

Byrnes, JF and PJ Bush. (2016). Practical Considerations in Trace Element Analysis of Bone Using Portable X-ray Fluorescence. Journal of Forensic Sciences 61(4): 1041-1045.

Byrnes, JF, DA Merriwether, JE Sirianni, and EJ Lee. (2012). mtDNA and Osteological Analyses of an Unknown Historical Cemetery from Upstate New York. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 4(4): 303-311.

Byrnes, JF. (2017). Injuries, Impairment, and Intersecting Identities: The Poor in Buffalo, NY 1851-1913. In: JF Byrnes and JL Muller (Eds.), Bioarchaeology of Impairment and Disability: Theoretical, Ethnohistorical, and Methodological Perspectives. New York, NY: Springer.

Byrnes, JF and JL Muller. (2017). Mind the Gap: Bridging Disability Studies and Bioarchaeology - An Introduction. In: JF Byrnes and JL Muller (Eds.), Bioarchaeology of Impairment and Disability: Theoretical, Ethnohistorical, and Methodological Perspectives. New York, NY: Springer.

  • 2013: Graduate Research Assistant under the direction of Dr. Joyce E. Sirianni on the Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project, SUNY at Buffalo. Assisted with the salvage excavation, curation, and analysis of the remains of approximately 400 individuals buried in a 19th- and early 20th-century poorhouse cemetery in Buffalo, NY.
  • Fall 2011: Fellow, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC CIL), Forensic Science Academy (FSA).
  • May 2011: Visiting Scientist, Forensic Anthropology unit of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York City.
  • 2006–2011: Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Department of Anthropology, SUNY at Buffalo. Director of Comparative Primate Anatomy. SUNY at Buffalo.

‘A Pauper’s Shame:’ A Biocultural Investigation of Trauma, Impairment, and Disability in the Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery, 1851-1913.

Bioarchaeology, Human Skeletal Biology, Comparative Primate Anatomy and Osteology, Disability Theory, and Forensic Anthropology.

Ancient DNA and Portable X-ray Fluorescence Technology Utilized for the Identification of the Unknown Individuals from the Jackson Street Burials.

October 2015. “Tales from the Crypt: How Anthropologists Read Lives Through Bones.” UH West Oʻahu Math + Science + χ Seminar Series.

February 2015. “Injuries, Impairments, and Intersecting Identities: The Poor in Buffalo, NY 1851-1913.” University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Department of Anthropology, Colloquium Series.

  • 2013: Graduate Research Scholarship Award: $500. Department of Anthropology, SUNY at Buffalo.
  • 2012: Opler Dissertation Writing/Research Scholarship: $5,000. Department of Anthropology, SUNY at Buffalo
  • 2012: Graduate Research Scholarship Award: $500. Department of Anthropology, SUNY at Buffalo
  • 2011: Graduate Research Scholarship Award: $500. Department of Anthropology, SUNY at Buffalo
  • 2006–2010: Graduate Tuition Scholarship. College of Arts and Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo
  • 2006–2010: College Fellowship. College of Arts and Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo.
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • Paleopathology Association
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Anthropology section
  • Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society
  • Lambda Alpha National Honor Society

Fall 2015-Present: Budget and Resources Committee Member and Vice Chair (2016-present)

Fall 2015-Present: Faculty Senate representative, Div. of Social Sciences

Fall 2015-Present: Lambda Alpha National Honor Society, Alpha HI Chapter Faculty Sponsor