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Tiffany B. Saul

Tiffany B. Saul


Tiffany Saul is a doctoral student in biological anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, working under the direction of Dr. Dawnie Steadman. Tiffany completed her Bachelor of Science in anthropology and Master of Science in biology at Middle Tennessee State University. At the University of Tennessee, she is an active member of the Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA), and has served as Graduate Student Senate representative (2014-2015) and treasurer (2015-2016) for the organization. She also served on the DDHR Conference steering committee. Tiffany worked with Dr. Giovanna Vidoli and the Forensic Anthropology Center to create a high school internship program for area schools. She has served in several roles with the Forensic Anthropology Center, including Volunteer Coordinator, Donor Correspondence, and Research Assistant.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Tiffany’s research interests include a variety of biological anthropology topics related to identification, trauma analysis, and the role of anthropologists in humanitarian and human rights responses, including disaster response and human rights investigations. She has completed the Anthropology Department’s certificate program in Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights. Her dissertation project examines the effects of taphonomic processes upon isotope ratios of human hair and how geographic travel predictions from human remains may be impacted by postmortem changes.


2013-2017 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Anthropology, University of Tennessee

2010-2013 Master of Science (MS) in Biology, Middle Tennessee State University

1998-2002 Bachelor of Science (BS) in Anthropology, Middle Tennessee State University

Awards and Recognitions

Walter Leitner Award (2013, 2015, 2016)

IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications, and Systems Best Paper Award (2016)

Simon Beckett Student Paper Prize (2016)


2017. Sauerwein KA, Saul TB, Steadman DW, Boehnen C. The Effects of Decomposition on the Efficacy of Biometrics for Positive Identification. Journal of Forensic Sciences. Forthcoming November 2017.

2017. Berryman, HE, Berryman JF, Saul TB. Bone trauma analysis in a forensic setting: theoretical basis and a practical approach for evaluation. In Boyd C and Boyd D, eds. Forensic Anthropology: Theoretical Framework and Scientific Basis. West Sussex: Wiley, forthcoming.

2016. Berryman HE, Dunkley MP, Saul TB. William M. Bass. In: Jackson, J, editor. Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology. New York: Oxford University Press.

2015. Berryman HE, Saul TB. Skeletal evidence of violent sexual assault in remains with excessive evidence of scavenging. In: Passalacqua NV, Rainwater C, editors. Skeletal trauma analysis: case studies in context.

Conference Presentations

2018. Saul TB, Gordon GW, Tipple BJ, Chesson LA, Steadman DW, Wescott DJ. Taphonomic effects on isotope ratios of human hair. Abstract submitted for presentation at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Seattle, WA.

2018. Yan W, Mockus A, Saul TB, Steadman DW. Curating forensic image collection using machine learning. Abstract submitted for presentation at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Seattle, WA.

2017. Gordon GW, Saul TB, Steadman DW, Wescott DJ, Knudson K, Anbar, A. The isotopic taphonomy of human remains. The 12th International Symposium on Applied Isotope Geochemistry in Copper Mountain, CO.

2017. Gordon GW, Saul TB, Steadman DW, Knudson K, Wescott DJ. Preservation of hair stable isotope signatures during freezing. Poster presented at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in New Orleans, LA.

2016. Bolme DS, Tokola RA, Boehnen CB, Saul TB, Sauerwein KA, and Steadman DW. Environmental effects on biometrics during natural human decomposition. Paper presented at the 8th IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems 2016, Buffalo, NY.

2016. Saul TB, Sauerwein KA, Steadman DW, Boehnen C. Postmortem identification from physiological biometrics: a study of fingerprints, irises, and facial images. Poster presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Las Vegas, NV.

2015. Saul TB and Tuller H. Theory in the applied field: the forensic anthropologist as a technician or translator? Paper presented at the 2nd Conference of Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights in Knoxville, TN.

2015. Sauerwein KA, Saul TB, Steadman DW, Boehnen C. The effects of decomposition upon the efficacy of biometrics for positive identification. Poster presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Orlando, FL.

2013. Saul TB, Peres TM. Data collection before reburial: making the most of modern technologies to virtually curate ancient artifacts. Poster presented at the 70th Annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Tampa, FL.

2013. Hodge SC, Saul TB. Bioarchaeological investigations at Fernvale, a Middle Tennessee Archaic site. Poster presented at Invited Symposium at 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Knoxville, TN.

2014. Berryman HE, Dunkley MP, Saul TB. Forensic science in community service, teaching, and research as a catalyst for student success. Critical Conversations: An Interdisciplinary Journal; Journal of the Tennessee Board of Regents State University & Community College System of Tennessee.

2013. Saul TB. Say yes! CLA College of Liberal Arts Magazine, Middle Tennessee State University 2: 28-32.

2012. Hodge SC, Saul TB. Fernvale (40WM51): bioarchaeology on the Late Archaic frontier. Paper presented at 69th Annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.

2012. Saul TB. The Late Archaic frontier: evaluating evidence for trophy taking at the Fernvale site (40WM51). Poster presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association in Portland, OR.

2012. Saul TB, Berryman HE. The role of oral and labial devices in the identification of human skeletal remains. Poster presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Atlanta, GA.

2012. Deter-Wolf A, Hodge SC, Saul TB. The Henry County skull: skeletal, cross cultural, and iconographic examinations of a unique Tennessee artifact. Paper presented at 24th Annual Meeting of Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology in Nashville, TN.

2011. Saul TB, Berryman HE. Forensic anthropology and the identification of human remains. Workshop presentation for the National Girls Collaborative Project Regional Conference.

2011. Carey AN, Saul TB, Vaden N, Nicholas C, Farone MB, Farone AL, Myles EL, Sadler KC. Engaging high school students in original scientific research. Poster presented at the National Science Foundation GK-12 Projects Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

2011. Saul TB, Hobbs V, Ustynov, S. Experiences as a visiting scientist through the NSF GK-12 program. Fifth Annual Mathematics and Science Research Conference.

2010. Saul TB. Comparative analysis of osteometric techniques within a prehistoric population. Scholars Week Poster Session, Middle Tennessee State University.

2010. Saul TB. Problems with estimation of sex in subadult human remains. Paper presented at Scholars Week, Middle Tennessee State University.

Invited Talks

2017. Saul TB. Isotope Analysis for the Identification of Human Remains. TN-IAI Annual Conference. Nashville, TN, July 20, 2017.

2017. Saul TB. Forensic Anthropology and Isotope Analysis. Mesa Police Department Forensic Science Unit, Mesa, AZ, May 11, 2017.

2016. Saul TB. Biological Anthropology and Forensic Applications. Sewanee, The University of the South, September 9, 2016.

2016. Saul TB. Forensic Anthropology and Research at the Body Farm. Invited lecture at Brentwood Public Library, November 6, 2016

2016. Saul TB. Forensic Anthropology at The University of Tennessee. Guest lecture at Volunteer State Community College, September 28, 2016.

2015. Saul TB. Becoming a Forensic Anthropologist. Keynote Address for the First Annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference, Maryville College.

2013. Saul TB. On FIRE with Forensics: An Interactive Educational Symposium. HOSA 36th Annual National Leadership Conference.

2011. Saul TB, Frisby D. Expedition Peleliu: survey of a World War II battlefield in the Pacific theater. Invited lecture, Middle Tennessee State University College of Liberal Arts.

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