People

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
Director – Veterinary Forensic Sciences

Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D.
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Florida

Assistant Director
Director – Forensic Medicine Distance Education
Lerah Sutton, Ph.D.
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Florida

Director and Forensic Analyst – Wildlife Forensic Sciences
Susan Underkoffler, M.F.S.
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Florida

Operations Manager
Ricardo Camacho
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Florida

Distance Education Programs Administrator, Instructional Designer II
Narasi Ramachandran
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Florida

Forensic Analyst and Geneticist
AnnMarie Clark, MS
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Florida

FEMORS Program Administrator
Kendra Smith, MFS.
Program Administrator
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Florida

Forensic Specialists

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

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

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

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

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

Sharon Plotkin, M.S.
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Florida

Eileen Roy-Zokan, Ph.D.
Wildlife Forensic Scientist
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Florida

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

Emeritus Faculty

Michael W. Warren, Ph.D., D,ABFA
Associate Professor and Program Director, Emeritus
Department of Anthropology
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
University of 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.