College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

Tyler O`Brien

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Faculty - Associate Professor of Anthropology


Physical Anthropology


2003 Ph.D. Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton, NY. Title: Cranial Microvariation in Prehistoric South Central Andean Populations: An Assessment of Morphology in the Cochabamba Collection, Bolivia; 1994 M.A. Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Title: Human Soft-tissue Decomposition in an Aquatic Environment and Its Transformation into Adipocere; 1991 B.A. Department of Anthropology, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY.

Research Interests

Human Osteology, Forensic Anthropology, Cranial Modification, Bioarchaeology, Argentina

Selected Publications

PUBLICATIONS: (* works with undergraduate students)

Cocilovo, JA; Varela, HH and O’Brien, TG. (2010) Effects of artificial cranial deformation in the morphogenesis of the skull in the South Central Andes. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology (early view at website for IJO, see DOI: 10.1002/oa.1141)

O’Brien, TG and O’Brien, NR. (accepted for publication and currently being tested) Forensic Science Education Module: The New York Vikings: a forensic study in Anthropology, Archaeology and Geology. Ward’s Natural Science Company: Rochester, NY.

Cocilovo, JA; Varela, HH and O’Brien, TG (2010) La divergencia genética entre poblaciones del área andina centro meridional evaluada mediante rasgos no métricos del cráneo. Revista Argentina de Antropología Biológica, 11: (pages not identified yet).

Varela, HH; O’Brien, TG and Cocilovo, JA (2008) The genetic divergence of prehistoric populations of the south central Andes as established by means of craniometric traits. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 137:274-282.

* O’Brien, TG and Sensor, IL-A (2008) On the effect of artificial cranial deformation on determining age by cranial suture closure. Growth, Development and Aging, 71:17-27.

* O’Brien, TG and Kuehner, A (2007) Waxing grave about adipocere: soft tissue change in an aquatic context. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 52(2):294-301.

* O’Brien, TG and Sensor, KP (2004) On the classification of abnormal head shape: interpreting artificial cranial deformation and craniosynostosis. Journal of Paleopathology, 16(1):27-51.

O’Brien, TG and Sanzetenea, R (2002) Deformación Craneana Artificial: Un estudio de la colección de Ibarra Grasso de Cochabamba. Boletin del INIAN – Museo. Serie Arqueologia Boliviana. Año 4, No. 26, Enero-Febrero. Museo Arqueológico de la Universidad Mayor de San Simon, Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Killoran, PE; Tarricone, F and O’Brien, TG (2001) Disturbing Cemeteries: Invisibility, History and Demographics of the Broome County, New York Poor House. Northeast Anthropology. 61:49-62.

Salinas C, E; Mendoza Ch, JQ; Miranda, R; Rico C, H; German T, O; Collazos M, L; O’Brien, TG; and Sanzetenea, R. (2000) Antropología Física: Identificación de las características intrínsecas y extrínsecas de los cráneos del Museo de Antropología y Arqueología de la Universidad Mayor Real y Pontificia de San Fransisco Xavier de Chuquisaca. Avances de Investigación Arqueología, No. 3. Coordinación de Investigación Arqueología, U.M.R.P.S.F.X.CH. Sucre, Bolivia.

O’Brien, TG (1997) Movement of Bodies in Lake Ontario. In: Haglund, W and Sorg, M (eds). Forensic Taphonomy: The Postmortem Fate of Human Remains. CRC Press: New York, NY. pp.559-565.

Killoran, PE; O’Brien, TG and Versaggi, NM (1997) Cultural Resource Site Examination, 1997- 1998 Highway Program, Pauper’s Cemetery Site (Subi - 1755, NYSM #10531), PIN 9500.63.311, NY State Route 81, Town of Dickinson, Broome County, New York. Public Archaeology Facility, Binghamton University, NY.

O’Brien, TG (1996) Informe Bio-antropológico Esqueletal y Forensico. In: Isbell, WI (ed). Informe del Proyecto Arqueológico Iwawi Temporada 1996. Presentado a la Subsecretaria de Patrimonio de la Secretaria Nacional de Cultura y a la Dirección Nacional de Arqueología/ Antropología. pp. 15-24.

● Works in progress
O’Brien, TG and Burkholder, J (in revision) Skeletal markers of occupational stress in a prehistoric Andean highlander: an ethnomusicological and bioarchaeological investigation.

O’Brien, TG and Stanley, A (in revision) Boards and cords: quantifying artificial cranial deformation.

* O’Brien, TG and Schmitz, L. Multiple skeletal pathologies associated with hard labor in an early 20th century flour mill – a case study. Intended journal: Journal of Paleopathology.


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