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Forensic Studies (M.S.)

Forensic Studies (M.S.)

Heather Walsh-Haney

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator for Forensic Studies MS & Chair, Department of Justice Studies
Phone: (239) 590-7693
Office: MH 158

Heather A. Walsh-Haney is an associate professor and program leader for the Department of Justice Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is the consulting forensic anthropologist for eight (8) Florida Medical Examiner Districts. Heather has supervised 22 graduate students (over the span of 8 years) and been the principle investigator for over 500 forensic anthropology cases. Dr. Walsh-Haney is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 FGCU Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Emerging Forensic Scientist Award and the Ruth O. McQuown Fellowship. She has published, presented her work and testified in criminal prosecutions in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, and Bermuda.

Heather also works with an interdisciplinary team of practitioners on cases of feminicide in Guatemala and to combat human rights abuses in Colombia and Guatemala. As a member of the Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Mortuary Response Team (DMORT), she helped locate and/or identify human remains from Hurricanes Wilma and Katrina and assisted in the recovery of human remains at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Heather's research interests stretch from functional morphology to skeletal pathology and paleodemography and her graduate studies focused on the evaluation of archaic hunter-gatherer remains from the subaqueous mortuary ponds of Windover and Bay West. She has also investigated the relationship between joint surface area and long bone diaphyseal cross-sections through her analysis of the William R. Bass Collection (University of Tennessee–Knoxville), the Robert J. Terry Collection (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.) and Gautier Collection (Bureau of Archaeological Research, Tallahassee, Florida). Heather's field research has taken her to Fiji on several occasions where she has been part of a larger study concerning ritual cannibalism and foodways in modern and ancient Oceania.

Through Dr. Walsh-Haney’s interest in pedagogy and STEM education, she conducts classroom research into the efficacy of "inquiry based" and "flipped classroom" learning in K-12 and college classrooms. As faculty at the National Forensic Academy in Oak Ridge, TN, she teaches forensic techniques in anthropology, archaeology and osteology to law enforcement officers from both national and international agencies.

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