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 dissertation research examined paleodiets and skeletal and dental health in the prehistoric San Francisco Bay area and lower Sacramento Valley of central California.  This research focuses on the analysis and interaction of diet and health 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 potential of applications 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

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

Bartelink EJ, Wright LE. (In press, 2011). Benign Mandibular Tumors: Two Case Studies from the Maya Lowland Site of Tikal, Guatemala. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

Van Deest T, Murad TA, Bartelink EJ. 2011. A Re-examination of Cremains Weight: Sex and Age Variation in a Northern California Sample. Journal of Forensic Sciences 56(2):344-349.

Broughton JM, Cannon MD, Bartelink EJ. 2010. 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.

Yoder CJ, Bartelink EJ. 2010. Effects of Different Sample Preparation Methods on Stable Carbon and Oxygen Isotope Values of Bone Apatite: A Comparison of Two Treatment Protocols. Archaeometry 52(1):115-130.

Bartelink EJ. 2009. Late Holocene Dietary Change in the San Francisco Bay Area: Stable Isotope Evidence for an Expansion in Diet Breadth. California Archaeology 1(2):227-252.

Jurmain R, Bartelink EJ, Leventhal A, Bellifemine V, Nechayev I, Atwood M, DiGiuseppe D. 2009.  Paleoepidemiological Patterns of Interpersonal Aggression in a Prehistoric Central California Population from CA-ALA-329.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 139(4):462-73.

Zelson Mundorff A, Bartelink EJ, Mar-Cash E. 2009. DNA Preservation in Skeletal Elements from the World Trade Center Disaster: Recommendations for Mass Fatality Management. Journal of Forensic Sciences 54(4):739-45.

Budimlija ZM, Prinz MK, Zelson Mundorff A, Wiersema JM, Bartelink EJ, MacKinnon G, Nazzaruolo BL, Estacio SM, Hennessey MJ, Shaler RC. 2003. World Trade Center Human Identification Project: Experiences with Individual Body Identification Cases. Croatian Medical Journal 44(3):259-63.