Chris was appointed as a lecturer in forensic anthropology at Keele in 2022, having previously worked at at the University of Sheffield and Glyndwr University teaching and researching in multiple areas of anatomy, anthropology, and bioscience. He graduated from the University of Kent with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Anthropology, before studying for an MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology at the University of Sheffield (a course he would later go on to coordinate). In 2021 Chris was awarded his PhD for work in dental anthropology investigating variation and microevolution in human enamel growth through polarised light microscopy and thin-section histology. Alongside his academic positions, Chris is also a certified forensic anthropologist with the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a Trustee for the British Association for Biological Anthropology. He also works closely with a number of community-led museums and institutions to offer accessible workshops and outreach activities revolving around the fields in which he works.
Research and scholarship
Chris' research focusses on two areas: dental anthropology and forensic pedagogy. Currently in dental anthropology Chris' research involves dental taphonomy, namely investigating how the breakdown of teeth after death may vary under different conditions. He is also continuing to investigate enamel growth patterns in humans within both the context of forensic and biology anthropology. In regards to forensic pedagogy Chris' research is focussed on improving and optimising the standards and efficacy of forensic education when utilising human remains. These wide research areas see Chris regularly collaborating with colleagues across forensic science, bioarchaeology, and gross anatomy.
I would be interested in supervising students with an interest in dental anthropology, human osteology, and forensic anatomy.
Lennard-Jones School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
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