Nicholas V. Passalacqua

Nicholas V. Passalacqua

Nick Passalacqua is a deploying forensic anthropologist with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC CIL). Nick received his B.A. in Anthropology at Michigan State University in 2005, his M.S. in Anthropology from Mercyhurst College (now Mercyhurst University) in 2007, another M.A. in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2011, and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State in 2012. Prior to his work at the JPAC CIL, Nick served as a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Legal Medicine - North Branch (Porto, Portugal); worked as a bioarchaeologist for the Medieval Spanish archaeological sites of the Castro de Chao Samartín, Iglesia de El Salvador, and San Julian de Viñon; instructed mass fatality incident response courses for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA); assisted with numerous years of Mercyhurst University’s summer short courses in forensic anthropology; and instructed three semesters of anthropology courses as adjunct faculty at Lansing Community College. Nick’s research interests include: age-at-death estimation, skeletal trauma and taphonomy, paleodemography, and paleopathology. Dr. Passalacqua’s bioarchaeological dissertation research focused on issues of health and demography in Medieval Asturias, Spain. Nick has publications in such journals as: The Journal of Forensic Sciences, The International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, and The American Journal of Physical Anthropology, as well as chapters in such books as: The analysis of burned human remains, Age estimation of the human skeleton, and A companion to forensic anthropology.

Affiliations and Expertise

POW/MIA Accounting Command's Central Identification Laboratory, HI, USA