Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility (STAFS)

The Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility (STAFS) is a willed-body donor facility recognized by the Anatomical Board of Texas that accepts human body donations for the purposes of scientific research. STAFS seeks to advance academic and technical knowledge in the application of forensic science disciplines to crime scenes and criminal activities. The Facility’s predominant focus of study is the application of forensic sciences to the human body and the evidence that can be acquired from careful recognition, collection, and preservation of that evidence.

Popularly known as "the body farm", STAFS is one of four such research facilities in the United States to dedicate itself to the study of human decomposition. Bodies donated to the STAFS facility are a valuable component of the Facility’s research. The skeleton of each donation is also very valuable, and it is made a permanent part of the STAFS Donated Skeletal Collection for further research, education, and training purposes by investigators, students, law enforcement officials, and forensic practitioners.

STAFS participates in interdisciplinary studies and supports and collaborates on research with other universities in Texas, such as Texas A&M University and the University of Houston.

For more information, please visit the STAFS website at