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The C. A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory personnel are funded by multiple sources and include the director, program assistant, half-time laboratory technician, post-doctoral fellow, and as many as eight graduate students.

The Forensic Toxicology Laboratory technical personnel are funded by multiple sources and include the director, laboratory manager, four chemists, and one graduate student.

The Veterinary Forensic Sciences faculty and staff are funded from multiple sources and include the associate director, forensic analyst, administrative assistant, and graduate student.

Faculty and Staff

Director
Bruce A. Goldberger, Ph.D.
Forensic Toxicology Laboratory
Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
College of Medicine
P.O. Box 100275
Gainesville, FL 32610-0275

Associate Director
Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D.
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
College of Medicine
4800 SW 35th Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608

Forensic Medicine Distance Education
Lerah Sutton, Ph.D.
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
College of Medicine
4800 SW 35th Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608

Forensic Analyst, Wildlife Forensic Sciences Distance Education
Susan Underkoffler, M.F.S.
Wildlife Forensic Sciences Program Director
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
College of Medicine
4800 SW 35th Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608

Operations Manager
Ricardo Camacho
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine

Distance Education Programs Administrator, Instructional Designer II
Narasi Ramachandran
Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
College of Medicine
P.O. Box 100275
Gainesville, FL 32610-0275

Forensic Analyst and Geneticist
AnnMarie Clark, MS
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
College of Medicine
P.O. Box 100275
Gainesville, FL 32610-0275

FEMORS Program Administrator
Kendra Smith, MFS.
Program Administrator
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
College of Medicine
P.O. Box 100275
Gainesville, FL 32610-0275

Forensic Specialists

Adrienne Brundage, Ph.D.
Forensic Entomologist
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
University of Florida

Kenneth Cohrn, DDS, D-ABFO
Forensic Odontologist
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine

David Hall, Ph.D.
Forensic Botanist
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine

Erin Kimmerle, Ph.D.
Forensic Anthropologist
University of South Florida

Rich Merritt, Ph.D.
Forensic Entomologist
Michigan State University

Sharon Plotkin, M.S.
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
College of Medicine
P.O. Box 100275
Gainesville, FL 32610-0275

John Schultz, Ph.D.
Forensic Anthropologist
University of Central Florida

W.R. Maples

William R. Maples, Ph.D. (1937-1997)

This center is named for Dr. William R. Maples, a pioneer in the field of Forensic Anthropology and Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Florida.

Born in Dallas, Texas on August 7, 1937, William R. Maples developed an early interest in human identification and medico-legal issues. He received his Master’s Degree in 1962, and was chosen to serve as manager of the Darajani Primate Research Station in Kenya. He initiated studies in Africa toward his doctoral degree which he received from the University of Texas in 1967.

Dr. Maples began his teaching career at Western Michigan University. In 1968, he joined the faculty of the University of Florida where he eventually rose to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor. Maples served as chair of the Anthropology Department in 1973, and in 1978 was named Curator of Physical Anthropology at the Florida State Museum (The Florida Museum of Natural History). During the 1970’s, Dr. Maples began consulting with Florida’s medical examiners, bringing his expertise in the identification of age, race, sex, stature, and cause of death to crime and accident investigations. Dr. Maples developed a relationship with the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory providing oversight, expertise and consultation involving military personnel missing or killed in action during the Second World War,  Korean War and Vietnam conflict. Maples provided expert opinion and Congressional testimony which helped shape the reformation and professional mission of that laboratory.

Maples brought compassion and scientific rigor to the more than 1,200 cases with which he was involved during his twenty-eight year career. A pioneer in the field of forensic anthropology, Maples was nationally and internationally respected for his analysis of human skeletal material. He participated in a number of current and historical high profile investigations including President Zachary Taylor, Medgar Evers, Francisco Pizzaro, and The Elephant Man – Joseph Merrick. In 1992, Maples supervised a team of forensic scientists that identified the remains of the last Russian monarch, Czar Nicholas II, and his family, who were killed by revolutionaries in 1918. Maples was internationally renowned, but was also involved locally and assisted with many investigations including the 1990 Gainesville student murders.

Though diagnosed with brain cancer in 1995, Dr. Maples continued working for the next two years. During his final year, Maples assisted medical examiners in Dade County identifying victims of the ValuJet airline disaster in the Everglades.