Christopher A. Maier

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Forrer (FO) 101


  • Ph.D. in Anthropology; University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.A. in Anthropology; Louisiana State University
  • B.A. in Anthropology; University of North Carolina Wilmington
Christopher Maier standing in quad

Courses offered

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Teeth: Evolution, Variation, and Use (Winter Term 2019)
  • Human Biological Variation (coming Spring 2019)

Research Interests

My research interests are in assessing population affinity from the skeleton, and improving the methods through which physical anthropologists do that. Foremost in that interest, is exploring the application of different statistical methods and new visualization technologies to expand those methods currently in use. My focus has been on understanding extant human skeletal and dental variation to aid in the construction of the biological profile in forensic anthropology. My current work is in refining cranial morphoscopic methods, and increasing the use of the dentition in forensic contexts.

Selected Publications

In review
Maier, Christopher. Evaluating mixed methods models for the estimation of ancestry from skeletal remains. submitted to Forensic Anthropology, September 2018.

Maier, Christopher, Donovan Adams. Technical Note: Standard Dimensions and Definitions for the Human Palate. Forensic Anthropology 1(4):215-220.

Pilloud, Marin A., Christopher Maier, G. Richard Scott, Heather J.H. Edgar. Molar crenulation trait definition and variation in modern human populations. HOMO; DOI 10.1016/j.jchb.2018.06.001.

Pilloud, Marin A., Christopher Maier, G. Richard Scott, Joseph T. Hefner. Advances in Cranial Macromorphoscopic Trait and Dental Morphology Analysis for Ancestry Estimation. In: Krista Latham, Eric Bartelink, Michael Finnegan, editors, New Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification. San Diego, CA, Academic Press.

Pink, Christine, Christopher Maier, Joseph T. Hefner, Marin A. Pilloud Cranial Nonmetrics and Morphoscopic Datasets. In: Marin A. Pilloud and Joseph T. Hefner, editors, Forensic and Bioarchaeological Perspectives on Biological Distance. San Diego, California: Academic Press, pp 91-108.

Scott, G. Richard, Christopher Maier, Kelly Heim.  Identifying and Recording Key Morphological (Nonmetric) Crown and Root Traits. In: Joel D. Irish and G. Richard Scott, editors, A Companion to Dental Anthropology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, pp 247-264.

Maier, Christopher, Kang Zhang, Mary H. Manhein, Xin Li. Palate Shape and Depth: A Shape-Matching and Machine Learning Method for Estimating Ancestry from Human Skeletal Remains. Journal of Forensic Sciences 60(5):1129-1134.

Albert, A. Midori and Christopher Maier.  Technical Note: Epiphyseal Union of the Cervical Vertebral Centra: Its Relationship to Skeletal Age and Maturation of Thoracic Vertebral Centra.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 58(6): 1568-1574.