Forensic students dig for the truth

Last week, Forensics students in David Hsiao’s class at Harborfields High School were treated to a visit by a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation educator, Mr. Ron Gelardi, for a special presentation on forensic anthropology. Mr. Gelardi, brought with him 30 mammalian skulls to demonstrate different ways to identify which animal the skulls belonged to including teeth structures, eye placements, and more. The class also learned techniques that forensic specialists use to determine the race, sex, and age of human skulls.

The hands-on lesson allowed students to access various skulls and use the techniques and skills they’ve acquired in the class to classify the different species of animals. After visiting the high school, Mr. Gelardi visited OMS to help Mr. Hsiao’s seventh-grade students determine the diet, species and other characteristics of animal skulls.