Instructor of Anthropology
- Biological Anthropology
- Introduction to Anthropology
- Forensic Anthropology
- Human Biological Variation
- Human Osteology and Anthropology
- Teeth: Evolution, Variation, and Use (Winter Term 2019)
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.
Maier, Christopher, and G. Richard Scott. Examining the frequency of crenulated premolars and their association with crenulated molars. HOMO. February. http://www.schweizerbart.de/papers/homo/list/prepub
Maier, Christopher, Alba Craig, and Donovan Adams. Language Use in Ancestry Research and Estimation. Journal of Forensic Sciences 66(1): 11-24.
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
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.
Maier, Christopher. Evaluating mixed methods models for the estimation of ancestry from skeletal remains. Forensic Anthropology 2(1): 45-56.
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.