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Research

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)

Teaching

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

Teaching

Deputy Principal for Public Engagement

Biography

Deputy Principal for Public Engagement

Director of CAHID

Certified Forensic Anthropologist.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

Bachelor of Science, University of Aberdeen

Keywords

  • QM Human anatomy
  • Forensic anthropology

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Projects 2014 2026

Research Output 1988 2018

Femur
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Growth Plate
Epiphyses
Hospital Radiology Department
certification
anthropology
best practice
expert
settling

Judicial primers—A unique collaboration between science and law

Black, S. & Nic Daeid, N., 1 Aug 2018, In : Forensic Science International. 289, p. 287-288 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

1 Citations (Scopus)
26 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
Nose
Population
Skull
Sex Characteristics
Dental Schools
2 Citations (Scopus)
73 Downloads (Pure)

Body farms

Black, S., Dec 2017, In : Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology. 13, 4, p. 475-476 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File

Prizes

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

Sue Black (Recipient), 2016

Prize: National/international honour

honor
anthropology
university teacher
expert

High Commendation Manchester Police

Sue Black (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Other distinction

police

Royal Society of Medicine Jephcott Gold Medal

Sue Black (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 1996 2016

  • 2 Public engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Other
  • 1 Schools engagement

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)
2015

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

XIth European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association

Sue M. Black (Participant)
14 Aug 199618 Aug 1996

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Press / Media

CAHID Awarded Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education

Sue Black

25/11/13

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

CAHID AWARDED QUEEN’S ANNIVERSARY PRIZE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

Sue Black, Caroline Wilkinson & Roger Soames

22/11/13

2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Appin murder public engagement event

Caroline Wilkinson & Sue Black

4/09/135/09/13

5 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

CSI Appin

Sue Black

11/08/1312/08/13

5 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Corstorphine Hill body

Caroline Wilkinson, Lucina Hackman & Sue Black

1/07/1317/07/13

31 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Thesis

Age estimation in the living: a test of 6 radiographic methods

Author: Hackman, S. L. M. R., 2012

Supervisor: Black, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

An anthropological investigation into the facial preservation of ceremonial tsantsa and commercial shrunken heads

Author: Houlton, T., 2015

Supervisor: Wilkinson, C. (Supervisor) & Black, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

A qualitative and quantitative investigation of structural morphology in the neonatal ilium

Author: Cunningham, C. A., 2009

Supervisor: Black, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

A qualitative and quantitative investigation of the functional morphology of the juvenile scapula

Author: O'Malley, A. S., 2013

Supervisor: Black, S. (Supervisor) & Soames, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

Criminal dismemberment: Determining and defining commonly available cutting implements and the analysis of kerf morphology on proxy mediums

Author: Thomson, G., 2018

Supervisor: Black, S. (Supervisor) & Keatch, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy