Biographical Information for Dr. Stephen P. Nawrocki

Stephen P. Nawrocki
Dr. Stephen Nawrocki
Good Hall 008
(317) 788-3486

Dr. Nawrocki has taught full-time at the University of Indianapolis since 1991, where he is currently a tenured Professor of Biology & Anthropology, serves as the Director of Osteology at the Archeology & Forensics Laboratory, and is also the Director of the Graduate Program in Human Biology. His research interests include the analysis and identification of human skeletons, environmental processes affecting buried and scattered bones (taphonomy), and evidence recovery from outdoor crime scenes (forensic archeology). One of only 60 board-certified forensic anthropologists in North America, Dr. Nawrocki has served as a consultant on hundreds of human remains cases in Indiana and Illinois and has delivered numerous lectures at educational seminars around the country. In 1999, Dr. Nawrocki was named "Teacher of the Year" at the University of Indianapolis, where he also received the Brooker Teaching Award for the Sciences in 1993. In his spare time he plays guitar in his church band and enjoys birding and hiking with his family.


(1985) BA in Anthropology & Psychology, University of Maine at Orono
(1990) MA in Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton
(1992) PhD in Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton
(1996) Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (DABFA)

Selected Publications

MS Megyesi, SP Nawrocki, & NH Haskell (2005). Using accumulated degree-days to estimate the postmortem interval from decomposed human remains. Journal of Forensic Sciences 50(3):618-626.

D Osborne, T Simmons, & SP Nawrocki (2004). Reconsidering the auricular surface as an indicator of age at death. Journal of Forensic Sciences 49(5):1-7.

J Schultz, M Williamson, SP Nawrocki, A Falsetti, & M Warren (2003). A taphonomic profile to aid in the recognition of human remains from historic and/or cemetery contexts. Florida Anthropologist 56(2):141-147.

M Williamson, SP Nawrocki, & T Rathbun (2002). Variation in midfacial tissue thickness of African-American children. Journal of Forensic Sciences 47(1):25-31.

C Schmidt, SP Nawrocki, M Williamson, & D Marlin (2000). Obtaining fingerprints from mummified tissues: A method for tissue hydration adapted from the archeological literature. Journal of Forensic Sciences 45(4):874-875.

SP Nawrocki (1998). Regression formulae for the estimation of age from cranial suture closure. In Forensic Osteology: Advances in the Identification of Human Remains, ed. by K. Reichs, pp. 276-292. C.C. Thomas, Springfield IL (2nd edition).

SP Nawrocki (1997). Analysis of the human remains. In Hopewell in Mt. Vernon: A Study of the Mt. Vernon Site (12-Po-885), pp. 11-66. General Electric Company.

SP Nawrocki, J Pless, D Hawley, & S Wagner (1997). Fluvial transport of human crania. In Forensic Taphonomy: The Postmortem Fate of Human Remains, ed. by W. Haglund & M. Sorg, pp. 529-552. CRC Press, Boca Raton.

SP Nawrocki (1995). Taphonomic processes in historic cemeteries. In Bodies of Evidence: Reconstructing History Through Skeletal Analysis, ed. by A. Grauer, pp. 49-66. Wiley-Liss, New York.

SP Nawrocki (1993). The concept of race in contemporary physical anthropology. In The Natural History of Paradigms: Science and the Process of Intellectual Evolution, ed. by J. Langdon & M. McGann, pp. 222-234. University of Indianapolis Press.

SP Nawrocki (1991). A Biomechanical Model of Cranial Vault Thickness in Archaic Homo. Doctoral Dissertation in Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton (G. P. Rightmire, Chair).

SP Nawrocki (1990). Cranial Vault Thickness in Homo. Master's Thesis in Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton (G. P. Rightmire, Chair).