Dr. Eric Bartelink

Dr. Eric Bartelink

See also: Dr. Bartelink's website

Contact Information

Phone:(530) 898-4905
Email: ebartelink@csuchico.edu
Office: PLMS 107


  • B.S., 1995, Central Michigan University
  • M.A., 2001, California State University, Chico
  • Ph.D., 2006, Texas A&M University

Research Interests

Bioarchaeological interests:
I completed my doctoral work in biological anthropology at Texas A&M University (2006). My research examined Paleodiets, skeletal and dental health, and evidence of interpersonal violence in the prehistoric San Francisco Bay area and Central Valley of central California. This research focuses on the analysis and interaction of diet, health, and warfare among prehistoric California foragers as studied through stable isotope analysis and paleopathological and nutritional stress indicators. I have conducted research on prehistoric and historic human skeletal remains from California, American Samoa, and Nevada.

Forensic anthropology interests:
My interests in forensic anthropology relate to taphonomy, trauma analysis, and in the application of stable isotope analysis for identification of unknown individuals. In the past, I assisted with mass grave excavations in Bosnia-Herzegovina for the United Nations ICTY forensic team (2000) and in the World Trade Center Victim Identification effort (2002-2003) in New York City..

Selected Publications


2014    Christensen AM, Passalacqua NP, Bartelink EJ. Forensic Anthropology: Current Methods and Practice. ISBN-13: 9780124186712. Elsevier Science/Academic Press.

2011    Waters MR, Pevny CD, Carlson DL, Dickens WA, Smallwood AM, Minchak SA, Bartelink EJ, Wiersema JM, Wiederhold JE, Luchsinger HM, Alexander DA, Jennings TA.  Clovis Lithic Technology: Investigation of a Stratified Workshop at the Gault Site, Texas. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX.  ISBN-10: 1603442782.

Articles and Book Chapters

2015    Bartelink EJ, Sholts S, Milligan CF, Van Deest TL, Wärmländer S. A Case of Contaminated Cremains: Detection through Metric and Chemical Analysis. (In press) Journal of Forensic Sciences.

2015    Baez-Molgado S, Bartelink EJ, Jellema LM, Spurlock L, Sholts SB. Classification of Pelvic Ring Fractures in Skeletonized Human Remains. (In Press) Journal of Forensic Sciences.

2014    Bartelink EJ. Blunt Force Trauma Patterns in the Human Skull and Thorax: A Case Study from Northern California. Skeletal Trauma Analysis: Case Studies in Context, Passalacqua N, Rainwater C, editors. Wiley-Blackwell. (In Press)

2014    Mundorff AZ, Bartelink EJ, Murad TA. Sexual Dimorphism in Finger Breadth Measurements: A Tool for Sex Estimation from Fingerprints. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 59(4):1-7.

2014    Eerkens JW, Bartelink EJ, Gardner K, Carlson T. Stable Isotope Perspectives on Hunter-Gatherer Violence: Who’s Fighting Whom? In Violence and Warfare Among Hunter-Gatherers, Jones TL, Allen, M, editors.  Left Coast Press.

2014    Perrone A, Finlayson J, Bartelink EJ, Dalton K. Application of X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) for Sorting Commingled Human Remains. Commingled Human Remains: Methods in Recovery, Analysis, and Identification. Adams BJ, Byrd JE, editors. Elsevier Science.

2014    Beasley MM, Bartelink EJ, Taylor L, Miller R. Comparison of Transmission FTIR, ATR, and DRIFT: Implications for Assessment of Bone Bioapatite Diagenesis. Journal of Archaeological Science 46:16-22.

2014    Bartelink EJ, Willits N, Chelotti K. A Probable Case of Acromegaly from a Prehistoric Central California Windmiller Site.  International Journal of Paleopathology 4:37-46.

2014    Bright L, Bartelink EJ. Health and Nutritional Status at the Encinosa Site (CA-SOL-451): Bioarchaeological Interpretations and Regional Comparisons. Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly. 49(1&2):85-104.

2014    Bartelink EJ, Berry R, Chesson LA. Stable Isotopes and Human Provenancing. Advances in Forensic Human Identification, Mallett X, Blythe T, Berry R, editors. Taylor and Francis; pp. 157-184.

2013    Eerkens JW, Bartelink EJ. Sex-Biased Weaning and Early Childhood Diet Among Middle Holocene Hunter-Gatherers in Central California. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 52:471-483.

2013    Bartelink EJ, Andrushko V, Bellifemine V, Nechayev I, Jurmain RJ. Violence and Warfare in the Prehistoric San Francisco Bay Area, California: Regional and Temporal Variations in Conflict. In: The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict, Knüsel C, Smith M. editors, Taylor and Francis, Oxford; pp. 285-307.

2013    Báez-Molgado S, Meza Peñaloza A, Spradley K, Bartelink EJ.  Analysis of Bone Healing in a Post-Operative Patient: Skeletal Evidence of Medical Neglect and Human Rights Violations. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 58(4):1050-1054.

2013    Eerkens J, Bartelink EJ, Gardner K, Wiberg R. The Evolution of a Cemetery: Rapid Change in Burial Practices in a Middle Holocene Site in Central Alta California. California Archaeology. 5(1):3-35.

2013    Eerkens JW, Mackie M, Bartelink EJ. Brackish Water Foraging and Isotopic Landscapes in Central California: Dietary Reconstruction in a Late Holocene Hunter-Gatherer Population on Suisun Marsh. Journal of Archaeological Science. 40:3270-3281

2013    Beasley MM, Martinez A, Simons DD, Bartelink EJ.  Paleodietary Analysis of a San Francisco Bay Area Shellmound: Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis of Late Holocene Humans from the Ellis Landing Site (CA-CCO-295). Journal of Archaeological Science 40:2084-2094.

2011    Eerkens JW, Berget A, Bartelink EJ. Estimating Weaning and Early Childhood Diet from Serial Micro-samples of Dentin Collagen. Journal of Archaeological Science 38:3101-3111.

2011    Bartelink EJ, Wright LE. Benign Mandibular Tumours: Two Case Studies from the Maya Lowland Site of Tikal, Guatemala. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 21:351-359.

2011    Van Deest T, Murad TA, Bartelink EJ. A Re-examination of Cremains Weight: Sex and Age Variation in a Northern California Sample. Journal of Forensic Sciences 56:344-349.

2010    Yoder CJ, Bartelink EJ. Effects of Different Sample Preparation Methods on Stable Carbon and Oxygen Isotope Values of Bone Apatite: A Comparison of Two Treatment Protocols. Archaeometry 52:115-30.

2010    Broughton JM, Cannon MD, Bartelink EJ. Evolutionary Ecology, Resource Depression, and Niche Construction Theory in Archaeology: Applications to Central California Hunter-Gatherers and Mimbres-Mogollon Agriculturalists. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 17:371-421.

2009    Jurmain R, Bartelink EJ, Leventhal A, Bellifemine V, Nechayev I, Atwood M, DiGiuseppe D.  Paleoepidemiological Patterns of Interpersonal Aggression in a Prehistoric Central California Population from CA-ALA-329.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 139:462-73.

2009    Bartelink EJ. Late Holocene Dietary Change in the San Francisco Bay Area: Stable Isotope Evidence for an Expansion in Diet Breadth. California Archaeology 1(2):227-52.

2009    Zelson Mundorff A, Bartelink EJ, Mar-Cash E.  DNA Preservation in Skeletal Elements from the World Trade Center Disaster: Recommendations for Mass Fatality Management.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 54:739-45.