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

Courses offered

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

Research interests

My research interests are broadly in human cranial and dental variation. My focus has been on understanding extant variation to aid in the construction of the biological profile in forensic anthropology, particularly in the realm of population affinity. Within those topics I am interested in exploring new methods of statistical analysis appropriate to the categorical and ordinal data generated from the analysis of non-metric traits. Currently, I am working in a more theoretical vein, examining the meanings behind ancestry terminology, and interrogating the utility and appropriateness of ancestry estimation in general. In the future, I plan to incorporate three-dimensional and digital technology into my skeletal research.

Selected publications

  1. 2021
    Maier, Christopher, and G. Richard Scott. Examining the frequency of crenulated premolars and their association with crenulated molars. HOMO. February.
  2. 2020
    Maier, Christopher, Alba Craig, and Donovan Adams. Language Use in Ancestry Research and Estimation.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 66(1): 11-24.
  3. 2020
    Maier, Christopher, and Rebecca L. George. Examining differences in presumed migrants from Texas and Arizona using cranial and dental data. Forensic Anthropology 3(1): 17-128
  4. 2019
    Maier, Christopher, Jelena Dumančìć, Hrjove Brkić, Zvonimir Kaic, and G. Richard Scott. Tooth Crown Morphology in Turner and Klinefelter’s Syndrome Individuals from a Croatian Sample. Acta Stomatologica Croatica 53(2): 106-118.
  5. 2019
    Maier, Christopher. Evaluating mixed methods models for the estimation of ancestry from skeletal remains. Forensic Anthropology 2(1): 45-56.
  6. 2018
    Maier, Christopher, Donovan Adams. Technical Note: Standard Dimensions and Definitions for the Human Palate. Forensic Anthropology 1(4):215-220.
  7. 2018
    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.
  8. 2017
    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.
  9. 2016
    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.
  10. 2016
    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.
  11. 2015
    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.
  12. 2013
    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.