The term "Applied Forensic Science" describes the majority of research conducted at the Applied Anatomical Research Center.


Bytheway, JA and SM Pustilnik “Glycoproteinous adhesion deposits by Balanus improvisus on human skeletal and dental remains: A case report” J Forensic Sci Jan 2013

JA Aitkenhead-Peterson, CG Owings, MB Alexander, N Larison, JA Bytheway “Mapping the extent of human cadaver decomposition islands with soil chemistry” For Sci Int October 2011 online

Rippley A, NC Larison, KE Moss, JD Kelly, JA Bytheway, “Scavenging Behavior of Lynx rufus on Human Remains during the Winter Months of Southeast Texas” J Forensic Sci. March 2012

Lindgren NK, J Kelly, AD Archambeault, S Bucheli, JA Bytheway “Exclusion of forensically important flies due to burying behavior by the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) in southeast Texas” For Sci Int. June 2010 online.

Lindgren, N.K., S.R. Bucheli, A.D. Archambeault, B.C. Rahlwes and J.R. Willett. Four forensic entomology case studies: behavioral observations on seldom reported cadaver fauna with notes on relevant previous occurrences and ecology. (Submitted to Forensic Science International: 17 Aug 2012)

Rippley AD, Yu CC, Bytheway JA. Examination of postmortem hair banding [Capstone Research Project]. College of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science Program, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville (TX), 2012.


AARC is dedicated to providing research opportunities for national and international investigators pursuing medical or scientific research. Research can be conducted in the Outdoor Research Facility or the Forensic Anthropology Laboratory.

Researchers interested in AARC as a research source, can contact the AARC Director, Dr. Joan Bytheway via e-mail or, phone 936-294-2310 or 936-294-4814, or fax 936-294-2311.

For consideration:

  1. Complete the Research Proposal Request Form
  2. Return to or
  3. AARC Research Committee will review the proposal and inform you of their decision within a brief period of time
  4. Depending on the research project, usage fees may be applied

While at AARC researchers must: