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Timothy P. Gocha

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department(s): Anthropology
Office: WRI-A 108
Phone: 702-895-4575
Fax: 702-895-4823
Email: tim.gocha@unlv.edu


Timothy P. Gocha received his Ph.D. in biological anthropology with a graduate minor in anatomy from The Ohio State University in 2014. During his time as a graduate student, Dr. Gocha participated in the Forensic Science Academy with the former Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, as well as the Visiting Scientist program with the Forensic Anthropology Unit at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. From 2015–2016, he served as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Skeletal Biology Research Lab within the School of Medicine at Ohio State, where he helped research bone biomechanics, fracture risk, and assess patterns of injury in the context of skeletal health, mainly through histological analyses. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University from 2016–2017, where he helped manage Operation Identification – a human rights forensic anthropology project that addresses the humanitarian crisis of migrant deaths along the South Texas border. From 2017–2018, Dr. Gocha served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UNLV while also consulting on forensic anthropology cases for the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner (CCOCME) in Las Vegas, NV. In the summer of 2018 Dr. Gocha began full-time employment with the CCOCME as their Investigative Forensic Supervisor and Chief Forensic Anthropologist, transitioning into an Adjunct Assistant Professor role in the Department of Anthropology at UNLV. Dr. Gocha is still conducting research in the Forensic Anthropology and Skeletal Biology Lab at UNLV, where his research focuses on using macroscopic and microscopic (histological) methods to answer questions of forensic and bioarchaeological importance.


Ph.D.: The Ohio State University, 2014

Research Interests

Biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, skeletal biology, mineralized histology (skeletal and dental), human rights, migrant identification, paleopathology, anatomy