Consulting and Community Services

AARC provides faculty who are experts in the fields of forensic anthropology and forensic entomology to serve as consultants to law enforcement agencies or for presentations to community groups. Out of respect for the families of those who donated loved ones to the facility, no tours are permitted of the Outside Research Facility. Tours of the Forensic Anthropology Laboratory are considered on a case-by- case basis.

Dr. Joan Bytheway has consulted with several law enforcement agencies in the Houston area on cases and she was a Forensic Anthropologist/Lab Analyst for a project in Baghdad, Iraq involving the reconstruction and analysis of skeletal remains of individuals of the Iraqi population found in mass graves. She produced a number of technical forensic reports which led to the conviction of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Dr. Sibyl Bucheli has served as an expert witness in criminal cases to establish the time of death in homicide cases.

In addition to the faculty, forensic science students have also assisted police in the search for evidence or sketetal remains at large crime scenes.

Consultation Fees

Recovery + Analysis$1500 + mileage, per diem, housing
Human Skeletal Analysis$1000 or $150 / hour (1 hour minimum) + expenses
Human vs nonhumanNo fee unless additional information requested ($50.00 for report)
Consultation$150 / hour + expenses (1 hour minimum)
Expert Witness$300 / hour + expenses (1 hour minimum)
Car travel$0.575 / mile
Photographs$1.00 / picture
Histology slides$50.00 / slide

To request a consultation or speaker, contact

Dr. Joan Bytheway
Forensic Anthropologist
936-294-2310 or 936-294-4814

Dr. Sibyl Bucheli
Forensic Entomologist