Sean Tallman, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, University of Tennessee
MA, State University of New York at Binghamton

Dr. Tallman is a biological anthropologist specializing in forensic anthropology, human skeletal biology, forensic archaeology, and anatomy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, M.A. from the State University of New York, Binghamton, and B.A. from the University of Washington. Dr. Tallman is presently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Anthropology at Boston University, where he teaches courses in human osteology, biological anthropology method and theory, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, and human rights. He heads the Forensic and Bioanthropology Laboratory Group, teaches, and advises students the M.S. Program in Forensic Anthropology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Additionally, he is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, Fellow in the Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and Forensic Anthropologist with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT IX). Dr. Tallman’s ongoing research examines cranial and postcranial nonmetric variability in East (Japan) and Southeast (Thailand) Asian individuals.

Dr. Tallman has held positions of Forensic Anthropologist, Osteologist, Archaeologist, Consultant, and Anthropology Instructor in various contexts. In particular, he served as a Forensic Anthropologist with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s Central Identification Laboratory (now DPAA), where he contributed to the identification of numerous U.S. service members killed during past conflicts, and led archaeological recovery missions in Germany, Hawaii, Laos, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam.

Dr. Tallman also serves as a Co-Chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in the AAFS Anthropology Section.

Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

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  1. Atkinson ML, Tallman SD. Nonmetric Cranial Trait Variation and Ancestry Estimation in Asian and Asian-Derived Groups. J Forensic Sci. 2020 May; 65(3):692-706. PMID: 31693176
  2. Michelle D. Herrera, Sean D. Tallman . Craniometric variation and ancestry estimation in two contemporary Caribbean populations. Forensic Science International. 2019; 305:1-8. View Publication
  3. Herrera MD, Tallman SD. Craniometric variation and ancestry estimation in two contemporary Caribbean populations. Forensic Sci Int. 2019 Dec; 305:110013. PMID: 31710881
  4. Tallman SD, Blanton AI. Distal Humerus Morphological Variation and Sex Estimation in Modern Thai Individuals. J Forensic Sci. 2020 Mar; 65(2):361-371. PMID: 31643085
  5. Tallman SD. Cranial Nonmetric Sexual Dimorphism and Sex Estimation in East and Southeast Asian Individuals. Forensic Anthropology. 2019; 2(4):1-18. View Publication
  6. Patterson MM, Tallman SD. Cranial and Postcranial Metric Sex Estimation in Modern Thai and Archaeological Native American Individuals. Forensic Anthropology. 2019; 2(4):1-20. View Publication
  7. Tallman SD. Book Review of New Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification. Forensic Anthropology. 2019; 2(1):57-60.
  8. Go MC, Tallman SD, Kim J. Advances in Forensic Anthropological Research in East and Southeast Asia. Forensic Anthropology. 2019; 2(4):1-7.
  9. Trapp BM, Tallman SD. The effects of household corrosive substances on silver amalgam and porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations and non-restored teeth. Forensic Sci Int. 2018 Dec; 293:77-85.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30415095
  10. Tallman SD, Go MC. Application of the Optimized Summed Scored Attributes Method to Sex Estimation in Asian Crania. J Forensic Sci. 2018 May; 63(3):809-814. PMID: 28940235
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