There are various disciplines in forensic science that I’m often asked about from students. Each month AWIFS will continue to feature a female forensic scientist that will provide our visitors with more insight about their job duties. So, you don’t have to take my word for it-meet Donna!
Donna A. Fontana is the Forensic Anthropologist for the New Jersey State Police. Since 1981, she has been providing assistance to New Jersey law enforcement agencies and county medical examiners in the forensic anthropological analysis of human skeletal remains. Such analysis includes the determination and estimation of age, sex, race, stature and other information which may contribute to identification and cause of death. She provides on-scene assistance in the search for and identification of buried, hidden, or scattered human remains. She is also responsible for the controlled excavation and recovery of human remains. She is skilled in three-dimensional clay facial reconstruction and also assists in reconstruction composite drawings of the face based upon analysis of the skull.
Donna is a Fellow in the Physical Anthropology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She also is a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT)
Region 2, and has worked in the identification process of victims of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 in New York City, American Airlines Flight 587 on November 12, 2001 in Queens, New York as well as EgyptAir 990 plane crash on October 31, 1999 off Rhode Island.