Samuel Rennie

Dr Samuel Rennie

  • Lecturer in Forensic Investigation
  • Christchurch House C107, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Samuel Rennie is a 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 is currently a Team Member of Kenyon International Emergency Services and has worked as a forensic anthropologist and search and recovery specialist in DVI incidents. During his time at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), he assisted in the analysis of human remains for forensic casework. He is a certified Forensic Anthropologist (FA-III) in the UK and a member of the UK - DVI Forensic Anthropology Cadre.

He currently is part of an international team looking at palaeomigration of the Americas focussing in Mexico and other Meso-American countries...



Current research areas:

1) Validation of methods used for biological profiling (using multivariate statistics) within forensic anthropology

2) 2D/3D Geometric Morphometric Analysis

3) Palaeomigration of the Americas

Journal Articles

  • Stinnesbeck, W. et al., 2020. New evidence for an early settlement of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico: The Chan Hol 3 woman and her meaning for the Peopling of the Americas. PLoS ONE, 15 (2).
  • Irish, L., Rennie, S., Parkes, G. and Williams, A., 2019. Identification of decomposition volatile organic compounds from surface deposited and submerged porcine remains. Science & Justice.


  • 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 (Unit Lead)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • International Investigations (Unit Lead)
  • Osteomechanics: Form, Function and Variation in the Human Skeleton (Unit Lead)


  • Ancient Migrations through the "Mesoamerican Corridor" (ACORN, 01 Feb 2022). Awarded

Internal Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader, BSc Medical Science

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 - Bournemouth Natural Science Society
  • The Ixchel skeleton and the mystery of America’s early settlers - Café Scientifique (Bournemouth)

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

  • Team Member, Disaster Victim Identification. Kenyon International Emergency Services
  • Forensic Consultant and Trainer, Consultancy and training. Integritas Global Consultancy


  • 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-),
  • American Association of Physical Anthropology, Member,
  • British Association for Forensic Anthropology, Member,
  • British Association for Human Identification, Member,
  • Royal Anthropological Institute, Fellow,

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