Vincent Stefan

Professor Department of Anthropology Lehman College and The Graduate Center City University of New York

Education

Ph.D. 2000, University of New Mexico

Contact

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Tel: (718) 960-7728

Fax: (718) 960-8406

Overview of Research

My basic interest is in documentation and analysis of contemporary and prehistoric human skeletal variation. This interest in biological anthropology has led me to study fossil, prehistoric, and contemporary human remains, and to apply this knowledge of human variation in the analysis of prehistoric human remains, as well as to cases of medicolegal significance (forensic cases). I have used my knowledge of human variation and population genetics to evaluate the origins and evolutionary prehistory of the Rapanui (Easter Islanders). Current projects include the continued analysis of the prehistoric Rapa Nui, Marquesans, and other Polynesian populations, incorporating both biological and ethnographic data. I have ongoing involvement in forensic anthropology, in the areas of research and as a consultant to the Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester County Medical Examiner offices, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the Centre for International Forensic Assistance, Dept. of Forensic Medicine and Science, Glasgow, Scotland. In 2005 I earned the distinction of being certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (DABFA).

Publications

In Press “The determination of homicide vs. suicide in gunshot wounds”, In D.L. Martin & C.P. Anderson (Eds.), Forensic and Bioarch Approaches to Interpreting Violence. Cambridge University Press.

2012 “Stable Isotope Analysis of Native American Remains from Shelter Island, N.Y”, Suffolk County Archaeology Association Newsletter, 38(2):2-5.

2011 “Stable Isotope Analysis of Shelter Island, NY Native American Remains”,Northeast Anthropology 75/76:59-72, 2008. (issue dates are behind schedule)

2006 “Brief Communication: Rotation of the Maxillary Premolars: Evidence in Support of Premolar Morphogenic Fields”, Dental Anthropology Journal 19:70-73.

2005 “Henderson Island Crania and the Settlement of East Polynesia” [with co-authors M.I. Weisler and S.L. Collins], In C.M. Stevenson, J.M. Ramírez, F.J. Morin, & N. Barbacci (Eds.), The Reñaca Papers. VI International Congress on Easter Island and the Pacific. (pp. 201-212). Los Osos: Easter Island Foundation.

2005 “Polynesian Nasal Morphology: Indication of Cold Adaptation”, In C.M. Stevenson, J.M. Ramírez, F.J. Morin, & N. Barbacci (Eds.), The Reñaca Papers. VI International Congress on Easter Island and the Pacific.  (pp. 213-222). Los Osos: Easter Island Foundation.

2005 “Anthropological Reconstruction of Individual Death Histories from Skeletonized Human Remains: Symmetrical Fracturing of the Skull from Midline Contact Gunshot Wounds” [with co-authors T.W. Fenton, L.A. Wood and N.J. Sauer], Journal of Forensic Sciences 50:274-285. DOI: 10.1520/JFS2004198.

2004 “Assessing Intra-sample Variation: Analysis of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Museum Cranial Collections Example,”. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 124:45-58. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.10331.

2003 “Cranial Variation in the Marquesas Islands” [with co-author P.M. Chapman], American Journal of Physical Anthropology 121:319-331.

2003 “Coronal Cleft Vertebra Initially Suspected as an Abusive Fracture in an Infant” [with co-authors P.A. Aronica-Pollack and J. McLemore], Journal of Forensic Sciences 48:836-838.

2002 “Henderson Island Crania and their implications for Southeastern Polynesian Prehistory” [with co-authors S.L. Collins and M.I. Weisler], Journal of the Polynesian Society 111:371-383.

2001 "Origin and Evolution of the Rapanui of Easter Island," pp. 495-522 in Pacific 2000: Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress on Easter Island and the Pacific, C.M. Stevenson, G. Lee, and F.J. Morin, eds. Los Osos: Easter Island Foundation.

2001 "Cranial and Facial Form Descriptions and Comparisons of Several Polynesian and Peruvian Samples" [with co-authors C.M. Clow, G.W. Gill, and D.W. Owsley], pp. 437-446 in Pacific 2000: Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress on Easter Island and the Pacific, C.M. Stevenson, G. Lee, and F.J. Morin, eds. Los Osos: Easter Island Foundation.

2000 "The Skeletal Manifestation of Bear Scavenging" [with co-authors E.A. Carson and J.F. Powell], Journal of Forensic Sciences 45:515-526.

2000 "Analysis of Rapanui Cranial Collections: Museum Sample Variation," pp. 133-143 in Archaeology of Easter Island: Research on Early Rapa Nui Culture, C.M. Stevenson and W.S. Ayers, eds. Los Osos: Easter Island Foundation.

1999 "Craniometric Variation and Homogeneity in Prehistoric/Protohistoric Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Regional Populations," American Journal of Physical Anthropology 110:407-419.

1998 "La Quina 9 and Neandertal Mandibular Variability" [with co-author E. Trinkaus], Bulletin et MŽmoires de la SociŽtŽ d'Anthropologie de Paris, n.s., 10:293-324.

1998 "Discrete Trait and Dental Morphometric Affinities of the Tabun 2 Mandible" [with co-author E. Trinkaus], Journal of Human Evolution 34:443-468.

1998 "Craniometric Variability Among Prehistoric Easter Island Regional Populations and Their Discrimination [with co-authors G.W. Gill and D.W. Owsley], pp. 151-155 in Easter Island in Pacific Context South Seas Symposium: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Easter Island and East Polynesia, C.M. Stevenson, G. Lee, and F.J. Morin, eds. The Easter Island Foundation Occasional Papers 4. Los Osos: Easter Island Foundation.