Department of Anthropology
Les Fitzpatrick’s research interests center around the application of stable isotope analysis for geographic mobility and dietary profile development in both bioarchaeological and forensic applications, and the application of mechanics of materials principles to human skeletal trauma analysis. She actively collaborates with bioarchaeology colleagues in Spain and Croatia on a variety of stable isotope related projects. Within the United States, she works with academic colleagues and medicolegal professionals on both open and cold forensic cases to provide stable isotope analyses (particularly those associated with geographic origin and mobility) as well as skeletal trauma interpretations. Fitzpatrick earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Wyoming, an M.A. in anthropology from Georgia State University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds a teaching certificate in special education from the University of Georgia. Currently, she is pursuing an M.P.H. in epidemiology with a focus on infectious disease epidemiology from the University of South Florida. Fitzpatrick teaches The Human Story: Evolution, Fossils and DNA; Introduction to Forensic Anthropology; and Demography, Diet, Disease.