Using NIRS for Postmortem Interval Estimation of Skeletonized Human Remains


This webinar focuses on the application study of forensic anthropology and on the analysis of post-mortem bones, featuring ASD’s LabSpec® 4 Standard-Res Lab Analyzer      


In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What is a forensic anthropologist, and what does one do?
  • What is the postmortem interval (PMI), and why is it important?
  • The basic material properties of bone
  • How NIR can be used to classify broad PMI stages of skeletonized human remains using the LabSpec® 4 Standard Res Analyzer
  • The results of some of the PMI classification models developed in CAMO “The Unscrambler® X” version 10.4 (LDA-PCA and PLSDA presented)


About our speaker, John Servello


Center for Human Identification

John Servello is a Forensic Anthropologist in the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center (HSC) in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining UNT, John worked as a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin, Texas.

John is currently pursuing his PhD in Biological Sciences at UNT in Denton, Texas (pending defense). He holds an M.S. in Biology from UNT and a B.A. in Anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin.

John has taught laboratory courses for UNT-Denton in physical anthropology and human evolution, comparative vertebrate anatomy, and human anatomy and physiology. He is currently adjunct faculty at Brookhaven College in Dallas, where he teaches lecture and laboratory components for a course in physical anthropology and human evolution.

John is an Associate Member within the Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), a Member of the Society of Forensic Anthropologists (SOFA), and a Member of the Mountain Desert and Coastal Forensic Anthropologists (MD&C).

Along with NIR research applications in forensic anthropology, John’s prior research (MS work) involved thermal remote sensing and image analysis of simulated clandestine burials.


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