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Dr. Amy Z. Mundorff



  • Ph.D. 2009, Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
  • M.A. 1999, Anthropology, California State University, Chico
  • B.A. 1991, Anthropology, Syracuse University, Syracuse

Research Interests

Dr. Mundorff is a biological anthropologist who specializes in forensic anthropology and disaster victim identification management (DVI/DVM).  Her research concentrates on the scientific process and management aspects of both locating and identifying the deceased from mass fatality events and gross violations of human rights. Specific research foci include developing non-destructive techniques for locating clandestine graves and examining fracture patterns in plane crash victims. Recent DVI management work includes an NIJ-funded study examining differing DNA yield rates from skeletal elements over increased post mortem intervals (with co-PI Jon Davoren). Prior to academics, Amy worked as the forensic anthropologist for the New York City's Medical Examiner's Office (1999-2004).

Selected Publications

Mundorff AZ, Davoren JM. 2014. Examination of DNA Yield Rates for Different Skeletal Elements at Increasing Post Mortem Intervals. Forensic Science International: Genetics 8:55-63.

Mundorff AZ, Kiley S, Latham KE, Haak W, Gilson T. 2013. Individualizing unidentified skeletal remains: A differential diagnosis combining pathological changes and biomolecular testing. Journal of Forensic Identification 63(6):617-632.

Vidoli GM, Mundorff AZ. 2012. Victim Fragmentation Patterns and Seat Location Supplements Crash Data: American Airlines Flight 587. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine 83(4):412-417. DOI: 10.3357/ASEM.3155.2012

Mundorff AZ. 2012. Integrating Forensic Anthropology into Disaster Victim Identification. Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology 8(2):131-139 DOI 10.1007/s12024-011-9275-0

Sledzik P, Dirkmaat D, Mann R, Holland T, Mundorff AZ, Adams B, Crowder C, DePaolo F. 2009. Disaster Victim Recovery and Identification: Forensic Anthropology in the Aftermath of September 11th. In, Hard Evidence: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology, edited by D.W. Steadman, pp. 289-302. 2nd ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River.

Mundorff AZ, Bartelink EJ, Mar-Cash E. 2009. DNA Preservation of Skeletal Elements from the World Trade Center Disaster: Recommendations for Mass Fatality Management. Journal of Forensic Sciences 54(4): 739-745.

Mundorff AZ. 2008. Anthropologist-Directed Triage: Three Distinct Mass Fatality Events Involving Fragmentation of Human Remains. In, Recovery, Analysis, and Identification of Commingled Human Remains, edited by B. Adams and J. Byrd, pp. 123-144. Humana Press, Totowa.

Mundorff AZ, Shaler RC, Bieschke E, Mar-Cash E. 2008. Marrying Anthropology and DNA: Essential for Solving Complex Commingling Problems in Cases of Extreme Fragmentation. In, Recovery, Analysis, and Identification of Commingled Human Remains, edited by B. Adams and J. Byrd, pp. 285-300. Humana Press, Totowa.

Mundorff AZ, Vidoli G, Melinek J. 2006. Anthropological and Radiographic Comparison of Vertebrae for Identification of Decomposed Human Remains. Journal of Forensic Sciences 51(5):1002-1004.


Mass Grave Research Project

Amy Z. Mundorff

Contact Information

Dr. Amy Z. Mundorff
Assistant Professor
250 South Stadium Hall
Knoxville, Tennessee

Phone: 865-974-8120