Associate Professor of Forensic Anthropology

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

vertebrate osteology, zooarchaeology, taphonomy, and paleoecology


Archaeological projects in the Bolivian Andes (Tiwanaku and related sites), taphonomy of early hominin sites in South Africa, the Paleolithic of northern Jordan, and forensic taphonomy in New England.


Dr. Pokines is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. He has over 17 years of experience as a Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Archaeology. Dr. Pokines received his B.A. degree in anthropology and archaeology from Cornell University, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of Chicago, and A.B.F.A. Board certification in forensic anthropology.

He is also the Forensic Anthropologist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Boston.

Recent Publications and Peer-Reviewed Reports

  1. Berger JM, Pokines JT, Moore TL. Analysis of Class Characteristics of Reciprocating Saws. J Forensic Sci. 2018 Feb 21.

  2. Pollock CR, Pokines JT, Bethard JD. Organic staining on bone from exposure to wood and other plant materials. Forensic Sci Int. 2018 Feb; 283:200-210. .

  3. Yucha JM, Pokines JT, Bartelink EJ. A Comparative Taphonomic Analysis of 24 Trophy Skulls from Modern Forensic Cases. J Forensic Sci. 2017 Sep; 62(5):1266-1278. ;.

  4. Brennaman AL, Love KR, Bethard JD, Pokines JT. A Bayesian Approach to Age-at-Death Estimation from Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder in Modern North Americans. J Forensic Sci. 2017 May; 62(3):573-584.
  5. Newcomb AM, Pokines JT, Moore TL. Taphonomic Effects of Mechanical Plowing on Buried Juvenile-Sized Remains. J Forensic Sci. 2017 01; 62(1):67-73.

  6. Pokines JT, Sussman R, Gough M, Ralston C, McLeod E, Brun K, Kearns A, Moore TL. Taphonomic Analysis of Rodentia and Lagomorpha Bone Gnawing Based Upon Incisor Size. J Forensic Sci. 2017 01; 62(1):50-66.