Kari Bruwelheide is a forensic anthropologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Like the forensic anthropologists at the fictional "Jeffersonian Institute" on the series Bones, Kari helps law-enforcement agencies identify human skeletal remains and determine cause of death. The similarities end there, she says, but she finds her work more exciting than anything on TV, even the very cold cases—some as old as 10,000 years! She and her colleagues are currently solving mysteries from the days of the earliest English settlements in America. They continue to discover new ways to interpret evidence from bones and burials.
Kari received an M.A. in physical anthropology from the University of Nebraska in 1992 and began her career at the Smithsonian that year. She is co-curator of the popular exhibition Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake.