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 have also started HuddersFIELD, an outdoor taphonomy facility at the University of Huddersfield, which is used 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 spear-heading the campaign to establish a Human Taphonomy Facility (commonly known as a 'Body Farm') in the UK. Read more about the HTF4UK campaign.


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, published by Wiley in 2017. More about the book 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 70 to date. I have successfully supervised three PhD students to completion, and co-supervised and been Internal or External Examiner for many more.

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