Sam D. Stout

Professor Emeritus

Forensic anthropology and skeletal biology


My major research interests are primarily in the area of forensic anthropology and skeletal biology, particularly as studied through the quantitative histological analysis of bone. In general, my research involves the use of modern bone samples to develop and refine histological methods, e.g. estimation of age at death and bone histomorphometry. Findings from modern tissues are applied to skeletal remains recovered from archaeological sites in the performance of paleohistological analyses. Current research involves age-assoicated bone loss and how it varies among populations and over time. Research is also performed in conjunction with the department's Human Identification Laboratory. Students are encouraged to undertake projects of their own or participate in those already in progress in order to obtain the skill, background and experience necessary to undertake research in various aspects of skeletal biology.