Paul S. Martin, M.A.
Paul S. Martin, M.A. is an anthropologist and K9 handler for History Flight, Inc. with K9 Ziva,
where they assist in the search and recovery of missing American Service Members from foreign
conflicts. He also provides archaeological consulting services through Martin Consulting. He is
an affiliate of the Society of American Archaeology, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists,
and is the past president of the National Network of Canine Detection Services. He is a member of
the AAFS Standards Board Consensus Body for Dogs and Sensors. He is the cofounder of HRD
Specialized K9 Training that was established in 2002.
He earned his B.S. in Anthropology with a concentration in Forensic Anthropology at Western
Carolina University in 2011 and his M.A. at the University of Mississippi in 2015. He is currently
a Ph.D. student at the University of Memphis in the Department of Earth Sciences, where his
dissertation research is centered on Cadaver Dogs and Ground-Penetrating Radar.
Since 1997, he has been involved with search and rescue, and has specialized in human remains
recovery since 2000. He has worked cases and consulted for numerous agencies on the local, state,
and national levels in regard to the recovery of human remains. He has presented research to
American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Society for American Archaeology, United South and
Eastern Tribes, NSDA, Southeastern Section meeting of the Geological Society of America, NASAR,
and the Mississippi Archaeology Association. In 2011, he helped to develop Cadaver Dog Training
offered through the Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOREST) at Western Carolina University.
This was the first university based program in the country where he served as the coordinating
instructor for two different courses there.
He was affiliate faculty to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at WCU from 2012-2017 and
was an assistant instructor for the Field Recovery of Human Remains class from 2012-2015. His
major research interests in forensic anthropology include taphonomy, cadaver dogs, geophysical
survey methods, recovery, mapping, soil analysis, and theory. He is currently working with his
fifth and sixth canine partner in the field of human remains detection.