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Paul Martin M.A.

Paul S. Martin, M.A. is an affiliate of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Society of American Archaeology, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and is the past-president of the National Network of Canine Detection Services. He earned his B.S. in Anthropology with a concentration in Forensic Anthropology at Western Carolina University in 2011 and his M.A. at the University of Mississippi in 2015. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Memphis in the Department of Earth Sciences, where his dissertation research is “Traces of Death: Correlated through a Multidisciplinary Approach.”

Since 1997, he has been involved with search and rescue, and has specialized in human remains recovery since 2000. He has worked cases and consulted for numerous agencies on the local, state, and national levels in regards to the recovery of human remains. He has presented research to American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Society for American Archaeology, United South and Eastern Tribes, NSDA, Southeastern Section meeting of the Geological Society of America, NASAR, and the Mississippi Archaeology Association.


In 2011, he helped to develop Cadaver Dog Training offered through the Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOREST) at Western Carolina University. This was the first university based program in the country, and he currently serves as the coordinating instructor for two different courses of instruction there. He is affiliate faculty to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at WCU and has been an assistant instructor for the Field Recovery of Human Remains class since 2012. His major research interests in forensic anthropology include taphonomy, cadaver dogs, geophysical survey methods, recovery, mapping, soil analysis, and theory. He is currently working with his fifth canine partner in the field of human remains detection.