Staff profile

Kathleen Blake

Assistant Professor


Contact

310a Mahar Hall
315.312.3061
kathleen.blake@oswego.edu

Office hours

Monday, Wednesday 1:45-2:45 pm

I am a bioarchaeologist and forensic anthropologist associated with the Anthropology Department at the State University of New York at Oswego. My forensic research focuses are sexual dimorphism in subadults and growth and development of the pelvis. My research in bioarchaeology includes trauma and muscle stress markers, primarily in rural Early Medieval Europe. I have worked on excavations in Jordan and Illinois as well as conducted research in Wales, Scotland, at the Maricopa County Forensic Science Center, the Smithsonian Museum Natural History and the Natural History Museum in Cleveland. Osteological consultations include both Forensic Anthropology and bioarchaeological analyses. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and my MA at Northern Illinois University.

Research

  • bioarchaeology
  • forensic anthropology
  • growth and development
  • human variation
  • sexual dimorphism
  • trauma and violence
  • muscle stress markers

Publications

  • 2006- Mehrer, M.M., K.M. Righeimer, K.A. Atwell, T. Thomas, and K.S. Blake. Phase I Archaeological Investigation of the Hoover Property, Kendall County, Illinois. Contract Archaeology Program, Northern Illinois University, Department of Anthropology, Project Completion Report, Volume 16, Number 2. DeKalb.
  • 2006- Mehrer, M.M., K.M. Righeimer, K.A. Atwell, T. Thomas, K.O. Fay, and K.S. Blake. Phase IIII Archaeological Mitigation of the Philipp and Magdalena Munch Site (11-K-751), Kane County, Illinois. Contract Archaeology Program, Northern Illinois University, Department of Anthropology, Project Completion Report, Volume 16, Number 2. DeKalb.
  • 2006- Blake, K.S. Glass Vessels. In: Phase III Archaeological Mitigation of the Lawler-Burns Site (11-K-752), Kane County, Illinois, M. Mehrer, K. Righeimer, K. Atwell, K.S. Blake, K.O. Fay, and T. Thomas. Contract Archaeology Program, Northern Illinois University, Department of Anthropology, Project Completion Report, Volume 16, Number 4. DeKalb. pp. 71-96. Technical Reports
  • 2007- Blake, K.S. Glass Vessels. In: Phase III Archaeological Mitigation of the Scofield Site (11-Ke-407), Kendall County, Illinois, M. Mehrer, K. Righeimer, K. Atwell, K.O. Fay, K.S. Blake, and T. Thomas. Contract Archaeology Program, Northern Illinois University, Department of Anthropology, Project Completion Report, Volume 17, Number 1. DeKalb. pp. 65-88.
  • 2010- Blake, K.A.S., and Kemp, B. Bioarchaeological and osteological analysis of human and faunal remains from 98th Street Archaeological Site 46KA9, Kanawha County, WV. Report prepared for Horizon Research Consultants, Inc., Morgantown, WV. Abstracts
  • 2014- Blake, K. Analysis of Non-Metric Subadult Sex Determination Traits in Four Samples of Known Age and Sex: Sex Determinants or Population Variants?, Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 20:408.
  • 2016- Blake, K., Gaffney, H., and Hartnett-McCann, K. Metric Assessment of the Pubic Bone to Determine the Accuracy of Known and Novel Points for Sex Estimation. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 22:148-9. Robinson, B. and Blake, K. Effects of Scavenging Birds and Insects on Decomposition Time of Pig Carcasses at Rice Creek Field Station. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 22:59.
  • 2017- Blake, K. Biology of the Fetal Period: Interpreting Life from Fetal Skeletal Remains. In Han S, Betsinger TK, and Scott AB; The Fetus: Biology, Culture, and Society. Berghahn Books (Under Contract – Peer review process complete, due Fall)
  • Article In Review Blake, K and Hartnett-McCann, K. Metric assessment of the pubic bone to determine the accuracy of known and novel data points for sex estimation. Journal of Forensic Sciences Books/Chapters/Edited Volume

Conferences

  • 2005- Blake, K.S. Trauma in an Early Medieval Welsh Cemetery. 74th American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Milwaukee (poster).
  • 2007- Blake, K.A.S. A Glimpse into the Daily Activities of an Early Medieval Welsh Community. 34th Paleopathology Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia (poster).
  • 2010- Blake, K.A.S. Judd, M.A., Mooney, M.P. Are all measures created equal?: Comparison of direct, photographic, and radiographic measurements of pelvic bones. 79th American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Albuquerque (poster).
  • 2011- Blake, K.A.S. Differences in subadult pubic body widths and the implication for sex determination. 80th American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Minneapolis (poster).
  • 2013- Blake, K. Biology of the fetal Period: Influences from the Womb. Invited speaker, “Four Fields of the Fetus” session, 112th American Anthropological Association meeting in Chicago (podium).
  • 2014- Lucera, A. and Blake, K. A morphometric analysis of subadult sciatic notch shape. 83rd American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (poster). Peshniak, R. and Blake, K. A metric assessment of iliac crest curvature as a method for subadult sex determination. 83rd American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (poster). Blake, K.A.S. Analysis of nonmetric subadult sex determination traits in four samples of known age and sex: Sex determinants or population variants? 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Forensic Scientists, Seattle (poster).
  • 2015- Robinson, B. and Blake, K. The Effects of Avian Scavenging on the Decomposition of Sus scrofa. At SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, The College at Brockport, SUNY. (podium). Robinson, B., Blake, K., and M Schummer. Effects of scavenging birds and insects ondecomposition time of pig carcasses at Rice Creek Field Station. Quest Scholarly Symposium, SUNY Oswego.
  • 2016- Blake, K., Gaffney, H., and Hartnett-McCann, K. Metric Assessment of the Pubic Bone to Determine the Accuracy of Known and Novel Points for Sex Estimation. 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Forensic Scientists, Las Vegas (poster). Robinson, B. and Blake, K. Effects of Scavenging Birds and Insects on Decomposition Time of Pig Carcasses at Rice Creek Field Station. 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Forensic Scientists, Las Vegas (poster).

Awards and honors

New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Visiting Scientist, Forensic Anthropology Fellowship Program, 2013.

Education

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
MA, Anthropology, Northern Illinois University