D. Jeffrey Meldrum
(born 1958) is a tenured Associate Professor
of Anatomy and Anthropology and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University
. Meldrum is also Adjunct Professor of Occupational and Physical Therapy and Affiliate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Idaho Museum of Natural History
. Meldrum is considered to be among the world's foremost experts on the Sasquatch
Meldrum received his B.S.
in zoology specializing in vertebrate locomotion at Brigham Young University
(BYU) in 1982, his M.S.
at BYU in 1984 and a Ph.D.
in anatomical sciences, with an emphasis in biological anthropology, from State University of New York at Stony Brook
in 1989. He held the position of postdoctoral visiting assistant professor at Duke University Medical Center
from 1989 to 1991. Meldrum worked at Northwestern University
's Department of Cell, Molecular and Structural Biology for a short while in 1993 before joining the faculty of Idaho State University where he currently teaches.
Meldrum’s interest in the Sasquatch took off after being shown 15-inch footprints by Paul Freeman, in a plowed field near Walla Walla, Washington. Although initially believing the tracks to be forgeries, upon further examination noticed what he believes is evidence of a high degree of flexibility in the print and a mid-tarsal break, traits he has come to believe belong to Bigfoot.
Meldrum has published several academic papers ranging from vertebrate evolutionary morphology, the emergence of bipedal locomotion in modern humans and Sasquatch and is a co-editor of a series of books on paleontology. Meldrum is the author of the 2006 book Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science (ISBN 0-7653-1216-6), a companion volume to the Discovery Channel documentary of the same name.