Stephanie Cole

Stephanie Cole

Academic Interests: Skeletal biology, skeletal variation, growth and development, sexual dimorphism, geographic ancestry, functional and evolutionary morphology, dental anthropology, biomechanics, trauma

Status: PhD Student

MS Thesis Title: The Effects of Cranial and Pelvic Asymmetry on Accurate Nonmetric Sex Classification

Previous Degrees: MS (2017), Anthropology, Forensic and Biological Concentration, Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA; BA (2014), Anthropology and Forensic Science, Hamline University, Saint Paul, MN; BA (2009), Biology, University of Minnesota Morris, Morris, MN.

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Biography: Stephanie is a first year PhD student in physical anthropology. Her primary research interests lie in the realm of forensic anthropology. During her career as an undergraduate and masters student, most of Stephanie's research focused on improving methods for estimating biological profile parameters, particularly with regard to ancestry and sex estimation. Stephanie has spent the previous two years assisting Dr. Alexandra Klales (Washburn University, Topeka, KS) with an NIJ grant aimed at improving sex estimation standards for adults. Her masters thesis utilized data collected for the grant to investigate the effects of cranial and pelvic asymmetry on accurate sex classification in more than 1,800 individuals from four ancestral populations. Working on this grant, coupled with other research, educational, and field experiences has helped Stephanie gain an appreciation for, and a better understanding of, the range of variation that exists among humans and why biological profile estimates are not always straightforward. Stephanie has enjoyed learning about human variation and working on improving biological profile methods for adults and plans on expanding her endeavors in these areas to include subadults.


Kenyhercz MW, Klales AR, Stull KE, McCormick KA, Cole SJ. Worldwide Population
Variation in Pelvic Sexual Dimorphism: A Validation and Recalibration of the Klales et al.
Method. Forensic Science International, May 2017

Klales AR, Cole SJ. Improving Nonmetric Sex Classification for Hispanic Individuals. Journal
of Forensic Sciences, January 2017


Cole SJ, Cabo LL, Klales AR. The Effects of Cranial and Pelvic Asymmetry on Accurate Sex
Classification. Presented at the 69th Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, New Orleans, LA, February 2017