Stephanie Cole

Graduate Student
Stephanie Cole


Current status: Ph.D. Candidate

Ph.D. dissertation title: (In progress): Developing Subadult Sex Estimation Standards Using Adult Morphological Sex Traits and an Ontogenetic Approach

M.A. dissertation title: The Effects of Cranial and Pelvic Asymmetry on Accurate Non-Metric Sex Classification

Stephanie's primary research interests lie within the realm of forensic anthropology, specifically with regard to improving identification standards for both adults and subadults. Most of her research has focused on sex estimation. Recently, she assisted in the development of the adult morphological sex estimation database, MorphoPASSE. Her current research involves investigating the ontogeny of the sex traits used in MorphoPASSE and the development of subadult sex estimation standards to assist in identifying the young.

Academic interests

  • Forensic anthropology
  • Growth and development
  • Sexual dimorphism

Recent publications

  • Cole, S. J., Hulse, C. N., & Stull, K. E. (2020). The effects of skeletal asymmetry on accurate sex classification. In A. R. Klales (Ed.), Sex estimation of the human skeleton: History, methods, and emerging techniques (pp. 307–325). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.
  • Stull, K. E., Cirillo, L. E., Cole, S. J., & Hulse, C. N. Subadult sex estimation and KidStats. In A. R. Klales (Ed.), Sex estimation of the human skeleton: History, methods, and emerging techniques (pp. 219–242). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.
  • Klales, A. R., & Cole, S. J. (2017). Improving nonmetric sex classification for Hispanic individuals. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 62(4), 975–980.
  • Kenyhercz, M. W., Klales, A. R., Stull, K. E., McCormick, K. A., & Cole, S. J. (2017). Worldwide population variation in pelvic sexual dimorphism: A validation and recalibration of the Klales et al. method. Forensic Science International, 277, 259.e1-259.e8.
  • MorphoPASSE


  • M.S., forensic and biological anthropology, Mercyhurst University, 2017
  • B.A., anthropology and forensic science, Hamline University, 2014
  • B.A., biology/pre-med, University of Minnesota, Morris, 2009