I am currently Principal Enterprise Fellow (equivalent to Reader/Associate Professor) in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Huddersfield.


My research pages, including a list of my publications, can be found here.

Forensic Taphonomy

I instigated and managed the creation of the Forensic Fieldwork Facility at my previous university, Cranfield University. It was an outdoor laboratory specifically designed for decomposition and taphonomy research, designed for scientifically rigorous analysis of taphonomic processes and large mammal decomposition in a controlled environment.

I am currently in the process of establishing a taphonomy facility at the University of Huddersfield, which will be for advanced forensic taphonomy and decomposition research, teaching, excavation courses and much more...

I am a member of the Burial Research Consortium. The website has a lot of details about our research into human and porcine decomposition in a variety of conditions.

I am currently supervising a PhD student in 'Identification and Quantification of the Gaseous Products of Decomposition'.


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and passionate about improving the quality of forensic science teaching in schools, further education and higher education establishments. I gained my PG Cert in Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education in 2011.

I am currently Editor-in-Chief of a new book about Forensic Science Education, due to be published by Wiley in 2015. More about the book project can be found here.

I currently run the MSc in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Huddersfield, and lead the
following modules:

Forensic Osteology (30 credits)
Death and Decomposition (15 credits)

I teach on the following modules on other courses:
Post-Mortem Interval Estimation
Crime Scene Science Awareness
Practical Forensic Science
Essential Biology for Forensic Scientists
Specialist Forensic Workshops

I also supervise undergraduate and MSc dissertations, and have successfully supervised approximately 50 to date.

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