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Biography

Rebecca holds a BSc(Hons) and MSc in Forensic Anthropology from the University of Dundee and Lincoln respectively. During her education, she developed a research interest in the use of histology in forensic anthropology.

Rebecca was then employed as a SNA International Forensic Anthropologist for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Hawaii. She was a member of the Commingled Human Remains Project dedicated to the resolution and identification of commingled U.S. military remains following the Battle of Tarawa during World War II. Rebecca conducted histology casework in addition to research into the impact of taphonomic history when conducting histological and isotopic analyses on bone. She was also certified in the comparison of antemortem chest radiographs to the postmortem radiographs for identification purposes. 

Rebecca has recently returned to the University of Dundee to begin her PhD project on the juvenile skeletal response to changing biomechanical forces at the talocrural joint throughout development.

Research

Rebecca has a research background in the application of histology in forensic anthropology. Her undergraduate degree thesis examined the use of histology in forensic anthropology for identification purposes, while her MSc thesis comprised of research into the histological differentiation between human and non-human bone. She currently has ongoing research at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Hawaii examining the importance of taphonomic history when conducting histological and isotopic analyses of bone, in addition to research into the resolution of commingling of the knee joint.

She is currently applying her imaging expertise to her PhD project on the juvenile skeletal response to changing biomechanical forces at the talocrural joint throughout development.

Teaching

Rebecca assists in teaching anatomy and forensic anthropology within CAHID. This includes demonstrating for both undergraduate and undergraduate forensic anthropology and anatomy classes, in addition to medical and dental students.

Research interests

Forensic anthropology, anatomy, osteology, histology, imaging, juvenile development, commingling

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, University of Lincoln

Sep 2015Nov 2017

Award Date: 17 Nov 2016

Bachelor of Science

Sep 2011Jun 2015

Award Date: 25 Jun 2015

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Research Output

The Importance of Taphonomic History When Conducting Histological and Isotopic Analyses of Bone

Reid, R., Jans, M., Chesson, L., Taylor, R. & Berg, G., 17 Feb 2020.

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The Identification of U.S. Military Personnel Following the Battle of Tarawa

Reid, R., 2019, p. 15. 1 p.

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