• 1516 Citations
  • 23 h-Index
1988 …2020

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Personal profile


My research is multidisciplinary, covering a wide variety of subjects including the detailed gross, microscopic and biomolecular analysis of adult and juvenile  remains to establish all aspects of biological and personal identity including the sex, age at death, and disease and trauma status of the individual. We are working on some new and exciting multidisciplinary approaches to identification all underpinned by anatomical information and understanding.

Current and recent MSc projects:

  • Grant Thomson: Body recovery from hostile environments (graduated 2011)
  • Briony MacDonald-MacMillan: Surface markings in hand identification (graduated 2011)
  • Katie Nicol Baines: Knuckle creases in hand identification
  • Nigel Humphreys: Forensic matching centres

Current and recent PhD projects:

Other projects:

  • ISEC - Innovation in forensic anatomical identification - combating the sexual exploitation of children. DrHelen MeadowsEilidh FergusonHarriet Stratton
  • Dr J BikkerFP7 grant – FASTID.  Partners Interpol, PlassdataFraunhoffer Institute, BKA and Crabbe Consulting
  • Dr Roos Eisma: Remote forensic anthropology reporting
  • Dr Craig Cunningham: Micro CT and the developing ilium
  • Prof Manuel Trucco: Hand image automation
  • Dr Niamh NicDaeid (Strathclyde): Fatal fire investigations – SUII grant
  • Prof Fiona Raitt, Prof Pamela Ferguson, Prof Colin Aiken, Forensic Regulator: Scots law of evidence – relevance to the digital age – SUII grant
  • Universities of Southampton, Warwick, Leicester, Bath and Canterbury: Investigation of super identity.EPSRC grant.
  • Prof Andreas Melzer (IMSAT): Thiel cadavers as a model for interventional radiology procedures (MRC-DPFS funded project)


I try to lecture at all levels of our different programmes but tend to concentrate more heavily on Honours' and Master's teaching.


Deputy Principal for Public Engagement


Deputy Principal for Public Engagement

Director of CAHID

Certified Forensic Anthropologist.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

Bachelor of Science, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Jan 1982


  • QM Human anatomy
  • Forensic anthropology

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Research Output

Facial average soft tissue depth variation based on skeletal classes in Indonesian adult population: A retrospective lateral cephalometric study

Sarilita, E., Rynn, C., Mossey, P. A., Black, S. & Oscandar, F., Mar 2020, In : Legal Medicine. 43, p. 1-7 7 p., 101665.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Expert Witness, Forensic Science and the Criminal Justice Systems of the UK

    Hackman, L. (ed.), Raitt, F. (ed.) & Black, S. (ed.), 29 May 2019, 1 ed. United States: CRC Press. 162 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Prizes

    ACPO Police Commendation for UK DVI Training

    Hackman, Lucina (Recipient) & Black, Sue (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Chief Constable High Commendation

    Hackman, Lucina (Recipient) & Black, Sue (Recipient), 14 Oct 2016

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Damehood in HM The Queen’s 90th birthday Honours.

    Black, Sue (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: National/international honour

  • High Commendation Manchester Police

    Black, Sue (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Royal Society of Medicine Jephcott Gold Medal

    Black, Sue (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    The 2016 Jephcott Lecture: the real world of forensic anthropology

    Sue M. Black (Lecturer)

    8 Mar 2016

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

    Advisor to UN on Minnesota Protocol

    Sue M. Black (Advisor)


    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Friday Fry Up Club

    Sue M. Black (Interviewee)

    31 Jan 2014

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

    Welcoming talk at Braeview Schools Outreach

    Sue M. Black (Presenter)

    1 Nov 2013

    Activity: Other activity typesSchools engagement

    Press / Media

    CAHID Awarded Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education

    Sue M. Black


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research


    Sue M. Black, Caroline Wilkinson & Roger Soames


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Appin murder public engagement event

    Caroline Wilkinson & Sue M. Black


    5 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other

    CSI Appin

    Sue M. Black


    5 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Corstorphine Hill body

    Caroline Wilkinson, Lucina Hackman & Sue M. Black


    31 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research