Jennifer Byrnes

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Expertise: Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Human Remains, Forensic Anthropology, Skeletal Biology, Personal Identification


Jennifer Byrnes is an expert in bioarchaeology (the study of archaeologically derived human remains) and forensic anthropology (modern/recent human remains). Her bioarchaeology work focuses on disability and impairment in humans in the past, particularly injuries resulting from trauma and/or pathology that leave changes on the bones. 

Her research in forensic anthropology centers on personal identification and the reliability of positive identifications made using medical imaging comparisons.

Byrnes' work has been published in numerous academic journals, including the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Archeological and Anthropological Sciences.


  • Ph.D., Physical Anthropology, University of Buffalo
  • M.A., Physical Anthropology, University of Buffalo
  • B.S., Biology, SUNY College at Geneseo

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National Geographic
It happened on Monday, July 25, 2022. Alerted by a visitor, park rangers from the Lake Mead Ecological Reserve found 25 human bodies in the bed of the main lake in the protected natural area. Due to extreme drought, which has plagued the United States for at least five years, the drops in the water level has reach historic lows. In response, local authorities stated that, "they are on site and have established a perimeter to recover remainds."
A third set of human remains were found in Nevada's Lake Mead on July 25 as water levels have receded to historic lows during a drought fueled by climate change.
The remains were spotted by a witness at Swim Beach on Lake Mead during the afternoon of July 25, the National Park Service announced. Investigators retrieved the remains, the park service said. They are at the least the third set of remains found as the drought-stricken reservoir, which supplies water to 25 million people across the Southwest, has receded to unprecedented levels.
KCCI 8 News
Over the past two decades, Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, has dropped 180 feet and is now less than 30 percent full, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The water levels have dropped so low, grim discoveries are being revealed, and some believe it's only the beginning.

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Campus News | August 3, 2022

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