Forensic Science Faculty

Dr. Lesley Gregoricka in the classroom.

Dr. Lesley Gregoricka is a biological anthropologist and associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work who specializes in bioarchaeology and biogeochemistry to interpret past behaviors using ancient human skeletal remains.  She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Gregoricka currently teaches a variety of hands-on courses in forensic anthropology and human osteology, and involves students in local forensic cases.

Learn more about Dr. Gregoricka's work with the Mobile Police here!


Dr. Sarah Koon-Magnin

Dr. Sarah Koon-Magnin is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice who focuses on the crime control legislation and the victimization experience. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Missouri and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Crime, Law, and Justice from The Pennsylvania State University. She regularly teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice (a requirement for the minor) and Introduction to the Offender (an upper-division elective for the minor).


Erica Lawton
Ms. Erica Lawton holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master of Science in Forensic Science from Oklahoma State University. Ms. Lawton has worked as a forensic scientist for over 15 years, court qualified in firearms, toolmark, shoe, and tire examination. She has testified in criminal cases for state, federal, and international courts. She currently works for the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. In addition, Ms. Lawton has served many national and international organizations such as the Firearms and Toolmarks Subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), the Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE), ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the International Association for Identification (IAI), and the Florida Division of the IAI (FDIAI).


Ms. Stephanie Fisher
Ms. Stephanie Fisher is an adjunct instructor with the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, and also works as a forensic scientist with Spectra Analysis Instruments, specializing in forensic controlled substance analysis. She received her BS in Chemistry and Biology from the University of South Alabama and also holds a BA in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration. Before teaching at the University of South Alabama, Ms. Fisher worked as a forensic scientist for eight years with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Mobile, AL.