Small differences in the average weight of common elements occur naturally in the environment.
Elemental signatures are locked into our bones, teeth, and hair as they grow, reflecting the environment we live in.
When remains of service members are returned to the USA, this information can help establish their identity.
You can help
By filling a bottle or sharing extracted teeth, you can help us map these chemical signatures to make IDs.
Gabe is Professor of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah and has 20 years of experience applying isotope data to environmental and forensic problems.
Rich's expertise includes spatial analysis and modeling of isotopes in environmental research.
Kirsten has a background in forensic identification using stable isotopes.
Alejandro has used isotope data to reconstruct the diet and movements of ancient humans.
Francesca has forensic research experience including work with blood splatter and isotope analysis of teeth.
Stephannie's prior experience includes using isotopes to map dietary differences among socioeconomic groups within the Salt Lake Valley.
Sagarika brings expertise in sample collection, preparation, and isotope analysis to the FIND-EM project.
Salt Lake City, USA
If you are interested in providing samples in support of project FIND-EM please let us know where you are located and which of our sample types you could collect.