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Timothy P. Gocha

Assistant Professor
Department: Department of 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. 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. Dr. Gocha has 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.  In addition to his position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UNLV, he also serves as the Chief Forensic Anthropologist for the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner in Las Vegas, NV.  He directs the Forensic Anthropology and Skeletal Biology Lab, where research focuses on using macroscopic and microscopic (histological) methods to answer questions of forensic and bioarchaeological importance.


Ph.D.: The Ohio State University, 2014

Expert Areas

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