Spencer Jay Turkel, Ph.D
Spencer Turkel

Department of Life Sciences

Manhattan Campus
Edward Guiliano Global Center, room 402A

Phone: 212.261.1643
Email: sturkel@nyit.edu


A.B. (Anthropology), Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY
M.A & Ph.D. (Anthropology), Cornell University

Research and Professional Experience

  • Archeological fieldwork in Middle East; Eastern and Southwestern USA; France ranging in time from Pleistocene to recent
  • Forensic Anthropology and Archeology
  • Functional Anatomy
  • History and Philosophy of Biology


  • 2010: Turkel, et al., 1981 Glenohumeral Joint article recognized as #72 among the 100 classic papers in orthopaedic surgery by J. C. Kelly, et al.; J Bone Joint Surg [Br], 2010;92-B:1338-43.
  • 1998: President's Service Award "For Outstanding Record of Long Term Service and Devotion to the NYIT Community", New York Institute of Technology
  • 1990: Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the disciplines of Science and Mathematics, School of Arts, Sciences, and Communication, New York Institute of Technology


General Biology; Human Gross Anatomy; Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy; Histology; Pathology; Anthropology; Medical Anthropology; Human Evolution; Evolutionary Biology

Research Focus

  • Anatomy
  • History and Philosophy of Biology

Selected Publications

  • 2000: Unusual Infant Death: Dog Attack or Postmortem Mutilation Following Child Abuse? The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 21(4): 389-394 (with L. Buscoli; M. Taff; J. Peterson; J. Taylor)
  • 1995: Estimation of Time Elapsed Since Death Through the Use of the Bryophyte Reproductive Cycle. In B. Jacob and W. Bonte, eds., Advances in Forensic Sciences, Proceedings, International Association of Forensic Sciences, Dusseldorf, Germany. IV: 144-146 (with W.R. Buck and J.V. Taylor).
  • 1989: Congenital Abnormalities in Skeletal Populations, in Mehmet Yasar Iscan and Kenneth A.R. Kennedy, eds.; Reconstruction of Life From the Skeleton. NYC: Alan R. Liss, Inc. pp. 109 127.
  • 1981: The Stabilizing Mechanisms Preventing Anterior Dislocation of the Glenohumeral Joint. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 63A(8):1208 1217. (with M. Panio, J. Marshall, and F.G. Girgis)

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • Council on Nutritional Anthropology
  • Society for Medical Anthropology
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