James T. Pokines, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, University of Chicago
MA, University of Chicago

Dr. Pokines is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. He has over 17 years of experience as a Forensic Anthropologist and Forensic Archaeologist. Dr. Pokines received his B.A. degree in anthropology and archaeology from Cornell University, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of Chicago, and A.B.F.A. Board certification in forensic anthropology. His research includes vertebrate osteology, zooarchaeology, taphonomy, and paleoecology, and he has ongoing archaeological projects in the Bolivian Andes (Tiwanaku and related sites), taphonomy of early hominin sites in South Africa, the Paleolithic of northern Jordan, and forensic taphonomy in New England. He is also the Forensic Anthropologist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Boston.

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Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

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  1. Pokines JT, Kelley S, Muschal A, Liggett I, Zamora A, Hill M, Sater S, Shamlou A, O'Brien M. Bone dispersal by vertebrate taxa in an urban park environment in New England, USA. Forensic Sci Int. 2021 Oct; 327:110982. PMID: 34521021
  2. Menschel M, Pokines JT, Reinecke G. Correlation between saw blade width and kerf width. J Forensic Sci. 2021 Jan; 66(1):25-43.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32956530
  3. Peace BN, Pokines JT, Cummings PM, Harbaugh AG. Examination of Hacking and Blunt Force Skeletal Trauma. J Forensic Sci. 2020 Sep; 65(5):1416-1423. PMID: 32579247
  4. Berger JM, Pokines JT, Moore TL. Analysis of Class Characteristics of Reciprocating Saws. J Forensic Sci. 2018 Nov; 63(6):1661-1672.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29464701
  5. Pollock CR, Pokines JT, Bethard JD. Organic staining on bone from exposure to wood and other plant materials. Forensic Sci Int. 2018 Feb; 283:200-210. PMID: 29324349
  6. Yucha JM, Pokines JT, Bartelink EJ. A Comparative Taphonomic Analysis of 24 Trophy Skulls from Modern Forensic Cases. J Forensic Sci. 2017 Sep; 62(5):1266-1278. PMID: 28144937; DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13426;
  7. Brennaman AL, Love KR, Bethard JD, Pokines JT. A Bayesian Approach to Age-at-Death Estimation from Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder in Modern North Americans. J Forensic Sci. 2017 May; 62(3):573-584. PMID: 27930820; DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13327;
  8. Newcomb AM, Pokines JT, Moore TL. Taphonomic Effects of Mechanical Plowing on Buried Juvenile-Sized Remains. J Forensic Sci. 2017 01; 62(1):67-73.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27864968; DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13259;
  9. Pokines JT, Sussman R, Gough M, Ralston C, McLeod E, Brun K, Kearns A, Moore TL. Taphonomic Analysis of Rodentia and Lagomorpha Bone Gnawing Based Upon Incisor Size. J Forensic Sci. 2017 01; 62(1):50-66.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27859293; DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13254;
  10. Nowell A, Walker C, Cordova CE, Ames CJH, Pokines JT, Stueber D, DeWitt R, al-Souliman ASA. Middle Pleistocene subsistence in the Azraq Oasis, Jordan: Protein residue and other proxies. Journal of Archaeological Science. 2016; 72:36-33.
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Forensic Anthropology
Forensic Archaeology

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