Samuel Rennie

Dr Samuel Rennie

  • Senior Lecturer in Forensic Investigation
  • Christchurch House C106, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Samuel Rennie is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Investigation in the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at Bournemouth University.

He is a Biological and Forensic Anthropologist with interests in both Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) and Palaeomigration of the Americas. He completed his PhD in Biological/Physical Anthropology in 2018 at Liverpool John Moores University where he focussed on sex determination of skeletal remains using multivariate statistics and their effects on population specific standards.

Sam has worked as a forensic anthropologist and search and recovery specialist in DVI incidents on an international platform. He is a certified Forensic Anthropologist (FA-III) in the UK and a member of the UK - DVI Forensic Anthropology Cadre.

The other side of his research is biostatistics, or more precisely the application of multivariate analysis and how they can be used within biological anthropology and other fields of research.


Current research areas:

1) Validating methods used for biological profiling within forensic anthropology

2) 2D/3D Geometric Morphometric Analysis

3) Palaeomigration of the Americas

Journal Articles


  • Rennie, S.R., Gonzalez, S. and Johnson, J., 2019. Tracking early human migrations through the Americas. In: American Association for Physical Anthropology.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Principles and Methods in Human Osteology (Teaching Team)
  • Management of Natural Disasters (Invited Lectures)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • International Investigations (Unit Lead)
  • Functional Anatomy (Unit Lead)
  • Forensic Research Project (Teaching Team)
  • Forensic Science (Teaching Team)
  • Forensic Laboratory Skills (Teaching Team)
  • Forensic Biology (Teaching Team)
  • Principles in Biological Anthropology (Teaching Team)


  • Currency Detection Dogs (Home Office, 01 May 2023). In Progress
  • Ancient Migrations through the "Mesoamerican Corridor" (ACORN, 01 Feb 2022). Awarded

External Responsibilities

  • Coventry University, External Examiner - BSc Forensic Science (2023-2027)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Radiation Protection Supervisor, Faculty of Science and Technology, BU
  • Programme Leader, BSc (hons) Forensic Biology
  • Member, Human Osteology Team

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Surveying techniques for forensic anthropology - British Association for Forensic Anthropology
  • Ancestry Estimation: Considerations for using Ancestry Estimation Software - British Association for Forensic Anthropology
  • Ixchel (Chan Hol III): Her meaning to the Peopling of the Americas

Conference Presentations

  • American Association of Physical Anthropology, Cranial Morphological Variation in the Americas: Where does Mexico fit in?, 11 Apr 2018, Austin, Texas, USA
  • American Association of Physical Anthropology, A Preliminary Analysis on the Cranial Variation within Prehistoric Mexico, 19 Apr 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • American Association of Physical Anthropology, Geographic and temporal variation in morphological sexing traits of the pelvis, 13 Apr 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • American Academy of Forensic Science, A new statistical approach to morphological sexing of South African remains, 24 Feb 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Consultancy Activities

  • International Response Team Member, Disaster Response. Blakes Emergency Services


  • PhD in Biological/Physical Anthropology (Liverpool John Moores University, 2018)
  • BSc (Hons) in Forensic Anthropology (Liverpool John Moores University, 2012)


  • Forensic Anthropologist (Cert FA-III) (Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), 2021)


  • Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, Member (2021-),
  • British Association for Forensic Anthropology, Member,
  • Royal Anthropological Institute, Fellow,

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