Graduate Programs Coordinator, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Sciences
At WOU since01/09/2006
HobbiesHanging out on a trail, river or lake, yoga mat....
Fun factI have conducted fieldwork in the U.S., Canada, Siberia, and Cyprus with publications on human decomposition and taphonomy, Bronze Age Siberian bioarchaeology, burned human remains and pedagogical methods. My current research involves tracking the level of microbial activity in soils surrounding decomposing humans over time. The goal is to demonstrate that diversity and population levels of bacteria may provide clues to time since death for a time frame that has traditionally been a challenge.
Course scheduleWinter 2023
|20816||CJ328||FORENSIC OSTEOLOGY||-||HYBRD* CRS|
|20818||ANTH328||FORENSIC OSTEOLOGY||-||HYBRD* CRS|
|20815||CJ445||RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE||-||ONLINE CRS|
|20816||CJ328||FORENSIC OSTEOLOGY||T 1000-1150||BELL 329|
|20818||ANTH328||FORENSIC OSTEOLOGY||T 1000-1150||BELL 329|
Areas of responsibility
Associate Professor Criminal Justice Sciences Division
Graduate Coordinator for the Master's in Criminal Justice
Forensic Anthropology Minor Advisor
2005 Ph.D. Bioarchaeology/Forensic Anthropology, University of Alberta
1998 M.A.I.S. Archaeology, Physical Anthropology, and Physical Geography, Oregon State University
1992 B.A. Anthropology, Certificate in 20th Century Studies, Oregon State University, Oregon
Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology
Forensics and the Media
"Race" and Racism
Research Methods in Forensic Science
Forensic Anthropology: Bacterial Communities Associated with Human Decomposition and the Postmortem Interval
- A Big Dig for Pigs to Help Solve Crimes. NPR Here & Now. http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2016/05/11/big-dig-for-pigs
Microbes (and Pigs) Could Provide Clues for Forensic Scientists. OPB Earthfix. http://www.opb.org/news/article/microbes-and-pigs-could-provide-clues-for- forensic-scientists/
Pedagogical Methods in Forensic Science
Grants and funding
2019 WOU Faculty Development Fund Travel Grant 47th Annual meeting of Western Society of Criminology
2018 WOU Faculty Development Fund Travel Grant 46th Annual meeting of Western Society of Criminology
2017 WOU Academic Infrastructure Committee Funding. Relocation and Renovation of Forensic Anthropology Lab/Classroom
WOU Faculty Development Fund Travel Grant. Northwest Anthropology Conference
WOU Faculty Development Fund Travel Grant. 45th Annual Meeting of Western Society of Criminology
2016 WOU Faculty Development Fund Travel Grant. 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology
2013 WOU Faculty Development Grant for Research
WOU Academic Infrastructure Committee Funding, Resources for Forensic Anthropology Lab
WOU Faculty Development Grant for Travel. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting
2009 OSU, Distance Education Program Development Grant
2007–2008 OSU Distance Education Program Development Grant Evolution of People, Society, and Technology, The Biological and Cultural Construction of Race and Forensic Anthropology
2006 OSU Anthropology Department, Research Grant Award
Awards and honors
2019 Nomination for 2019 Outstanding Academic Faculty Advisor of the Year
2015 Nomination for 2015 Outstanding Academic Faculty Advisor of the Year
2008 OSU Vice Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Innovation, Outreach and Engagement
2005 OSU Anthropology Department Outstanding Instructor Award
Graduate courses taught
Graduate Workshop (CJ 608)
Research Methods (CJ 612)
Forensics in the Media (CJ 515)
Publications and Presentations
Refereed Journal Articles
Under Review. Burcham Z., Weitzel M., Hodges L., Deel H., and Metcalf, J. Gravesoil Bacterial Communities Continue to be impacted a Decade AfterSwine Decomposition. Forensic Sciences International.
2015 Brown W., Stanulis R., Weitzel M., and Rodgers K. You Probably Don’t Know Who or What you are Talking About: Cultural and Moral Incompetence in Evaluating the Veteran in the Criminal Justice System. Justice Policy Journal. 12(1).
2014 Weitzel M. Introducing Forensic Anthropology to the Criminal Justice Department: Designing and Effective Curriculum for the Virtual Field and Laboratory. Journal of Criminal Justice Education. 25(3):342-353.
2005 Weitzel M. A Report of Decomposition Rates of a Special Burial Type in Edmonton, Alberta From an Experimental Field Study. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 50(3):641-647.
Refereed Book Chapters
2015 Weitzel M. and H McKenzie. Fire as a Cultural Taphonomic Agent: Understanding Mortuary Behaviour at Khuzhir-Nuge XIV, Siberia. In: Schmidt CW and Symes SA, editors. The Analysis of Burned Human Remains. (Revised ed.) London: Elsevier.
2008 Weitzel M. and Weber A. Mortuary use of Red Ochre: an Experimental Approach. In: Weber AW, Katzenberg MA, and Goriunova OI, editors. Khuzhir-Nuge XIV A Middle Holocene Hunter-Gatherer Cemetery on Lake Baikal, Siberia: Archaeological Materials. Northern Hunter-Gatherers: Research Series. vol. 4, CCI Press, University of Alberta.
2007 Weitzel M. Mortuary use of Fire: an Experimental Approach. In: Weber AW, Katzenberg MA, and Goriunova OI, editors. Khuzhir-Nuge XIV A Middle Holocene Hunter-Gatherer Cemetery on Lake Baikal, Siberia: Osteological Materials. Northern Hunter-Gatherers: Research Series. vol. 3, CCI Press, University of Alberta.
Non-refereed Manuscripts and Reports
2006, 2008, 2009 Weitzel M. Episkopi-Bamboula Description of Skeletal Remains. In: Walberg G. Episkopi-Bamboula Excavation Report. Cyprus Department of Antiquities.
2001 Lieverse A, McKenzie H, and Weitzel M. Salvage and Relocation of the “Old” Garden River Cemetery (Garden River, Alberta). Report for Little Red River Cree Nation. 1-15.
Refereed Magazine Articles
2012–2013 Weitzel M. “Theorizing on the Rise of Forensic Anthropology”. 53(6):S1–S34. Online July 7, 2013.
Weitzel M. “Mad at Hell and We’re Not Going to Take it Anymore! But Mad at Whom and for What Reason?” Anthropology News. 53(6):S1–S34. Online July 7, 2013.
Weitzel M. “Let’s Lead the March of Progress to a Screeching Halt” Anthropology News. 53(4)S1–S56. Online March 24, 2013.
Weitzel M. “Athleticism and Race: The Madness Isn’t Confined to March” Anthropology News. 53(3)S1–S57. Online February 18, 2013.
Weitzel M. “Chiming In on the Bell Curve Again?” Anthropology News. 53(2)S1– S33. November 26, 2012.
Weitzel M. “2012 Teaching Resolutions” Anthropology News. 53(1)S1–S24. Online April 4, 2012.
Weitzel M. “(Embarking on) the Journey is the Destination: How a Brief but Formative Peace Corps Experience Nurtured Scholarship” Anthropology News. 52(9):S1–S34. Online March 21, 2012.
Weitzel M. “Embracing Diversity is Easy in the Oregon Classroom: We Have None” Anthropology News. 52(8): S1–S29. Online May 15, 2012.
Weitzel M. “Why a Discourse on the ‘Debate’ is Essential in Understanding and Advancing Evolutionary Science” Anthropology News. 52(7):S1–S46. Online March 2, 2012.
Weitzel M. “Anthropology and Online Learning: Are Virtual Anthropologists too Plugged in to Connect?” Anthropology News. 52(6):S1–S50. Online February 3, 2012.
2020 Weitzel M. What I've Learned From Teaching a Decade of Race Online. Western Association of Criminal Justice. Webinar.
2019 Weitzel M., Arimoto M., and Michaux M. Reforming Prisoners and Prison: The Healing Garden Project. 47th Annual Conference of the Western Society of Criminology. Honolulu, HI.
2018 Weitzel M. “The Big Pig Dig”: Getting Students Engaged in Forensic Anthropology at Western Oregon University. 46th Annual Conference of the Western Society of Criminology. Long beach, AC. (Session Chair)
2017 Weitzel M. A Ten-Year Study of Soil Bacteria Communities Associated with Cadaver Decomposition in the Pacific Northwest. 2017 Northwest Anthropological Conference. Spokane, WA.
Weitzel M. Meditation/Yoga as a Method of Rehabilitation in Western Prisons: Implications for Recidivism Reduction. 45th Annual Conference of The Western Society of Criminology. Las Vegas, NV.
2016 Weitzel M. Forensic Taphonomy. Advanced Death Investigation Training: Human Remains Recovery and Investigation. Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.
2014 Weitzel M. Forensic Anthropology and the Joint Regional Operation Center (JROC). Law Enforcement-Educator Partnership Breakfast. Beaverton School District.
2013 Weitzel M. Online Pedagogical Methods in Forensic Anthropology: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Field and Lab. 65th Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting. Washington, D.C.
2012 Weitzel M. Forensic Anthropology at Western Oregon University. 1st Annual Oregon Criminal Justice Research Conference. Salem, Oregon.
2009 Weitzel M. From Bugs to Bones: Forensic Anthropology and “Experiments” in Online Learning. Oregon State University. Extended Campus Faculty Forum.
2005 Weitzel M. Replication Experiments as a Method for Understanding Cremation. Poster presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists 74rd Annual Meeting. Milwaukie, Wisconsin.
2013–Present Forensic Anthropologist, Northwest Regional Response Team
2006–2020 Forensic Anthropologist and Victim Assistant, Disaster Mortuary Operations Response Team (DMORT)
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