Brittany Walter
Lecturer Anthropology

Bio

I am a board-certified Forensic Anthropologist who works for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) at Offutt AFB, which is an agency of the Department of Defense charged with providing the fullest possible accounting of lost U.S. servicemembers from past conflicts. I have also been lecturing anthropology courses and serving on graduate committees at UNL since 2018.

I have varied experience in the field of biological anthropology, ranging from the analysis of ancient Egyptian remains and medieval Londoners, to forensic archaeological methods and modern forensic cases, among other topics. Since living in Nebraska, I have consulted for the FBI, local law enforcement agencies, the Douglas County Coroner’s Office, and History Nebraska.

Current Research and Projects

Currently, I am continuing to publish research related to my doctoral dissertation that involves evaluating the effect of urbanization and famine on the health and diet of medieval Londoners through mortality analysis and stable isotope analysis.

I also conduct research related to my work at the DPAA with the intent of developing and testing new methods (e.g., age and stature estimation, trauma analysis) that could aid in the identification of fallen U.S. servicemembers.

Courses

ANTH 243 – Basics of Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 462/862 – Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 292 – Pandemics: From Past to Present
ANTH 374 – Primate Behavior & Ecology

Selected Publications

Walter BS, DeWitte SN, Dupras T, Beaumont J. 2020. Dietary variation in an urbanizing city: A temporal analysis of diet in Late Medieval London using stable isotope analysis In The Bioarchaeology of Urbanization, Betsinger, T and DeWitte SN (Eds). Springer Press, New York, NY.

Walter BS, DeWitte SN, Dupras T, and Beaumont J. 2020. Assessment of nutritional stress in famine burials using stable isotope analysis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 172(2) 214–226.

Walter BS and DeWitte S. 2017. Urban and rural mortality and survival in Medieval England. Annals of Human Biology 44(4):338–348. (DOI: 10.1080/03014460.2016.1275792)

Schultz JJ, Walter BS, Healy C. 2016. Long-term Sequential Monitoring of Controlled Graves Representing Common Burial Scenarios with Ground Penetrating Radar: Years 2 and 3. Journal of Applied Geophysics 132:60–74. (DOI:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2016.06.015)

Walter BS, DeWitte S, and Redfern R. 2016. Sex Differentials in Caries Frequencies in Medieval London. Archives of Oral Biology 63:32–39. (DOI: 10.1016/j.archoralbio.2015.11. 024)

Walter BS and Schultz JJ. 2013. Mapping Simulated Scenes with Skeletal Remains Using Differential GPS in Open Environments: An Assessment of Accuracy and Practicality. Forensic Science International 228:33–46. (DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2013.02.027)

Views expressed here are those of the author and not those of the Department of Defense or its components.

Educational Background

  • American Board of Forensic Anthropology Diplomate Certification (No. 133)
  • PhD, Anthropology – University of South Carolina
  • MA, Anthropology – University of Central Florida
  • BA, Anthropology – University of Florida

Research Interests

Biological anthropology; bioarchaeology; paleodemography; hazard model analysis; stable isotope analysis; paleopathology; urbanization; demographic transitions; medieval England; forensic anthropology; forensic archaeology; geophysical forensics, the biological profile

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Curriculum Vitae