Researcher biography

Assoc. Prof. Stephan is an anatomist and forensic anthropologist with research interests in skeletal analysis and identification in the medicolegal setting. This includes craniofacial identification, radiographic comparison, trauma, decommingling and standards of practice. His research outputs currently exceed 90 total scientific publications, including 75 full-length articles (Google Scholar H-index = 30).

Carl is a Fellow of The American Academy of Forensic Sciences and immediate past President of the International Association of Craniofacial Identification. Carl has served as Special Issue Managing Guest Editor for Forensic Science International (2018 Latest Progress in Craniofacial Identification). He is Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Associate Editor for Forensic Anthropology. Carl founded the SBMS Skeletal Collection and Skeletisation Program at UQ in late 2014, re-energising forensic osteology within the UQ School of Anatomy and more broadly within the School of Biomedical Sciences. Carl is head of the Laboratory for Human Craniofacial and Skeletal Identification (HuCS-ID Lab) at UQ, and is Chief Anatomist at The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Anatomy.

Carl's prior appointments include forensic anthropology analyst with the Iraq Mass Graves Investigation Team (USA Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the USA Department of Justice) and ORISE researcher at the USA Department of Defence Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii. He routinely now serves in the role of visiting scientist to the USA Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency Scientific Directorate (DPAA) as an external consultant. At UQ and as Chief Anatomist and School of Anatomy manager, Carl works very closely with the SBMS Gross Anatomy Facility and in particular the GAF Manager, Wes Fisk, in all matters of anatomy teaching, research and governance.

Working in joint with the GAF Manager, Carl has cross adapted ISO17025 style practices and auditing procedures (per ASCLD/LAB and other ISO relevant training) to the UQ School of Anatomy space. These accreditation-style policies and procedures are further implemented and expanded in the HuCS-ID Lab, providing vital llearning experiences and skill sets for Honours and Higher Research Degree students wanting to pursue careers in forensic science. New data analytic, casework and research tools developed by the HuCS-ID Lab and in the statistical environment of R, are freely and routinely released for others to use at the website:

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