Short CV/Education and training

  • 1982
    Completed UG degree in human anatomy from the University of Aberdeen

  • 1986
    Completed PhD in human anatomy from University of Aberdeen

  • 1986 – 1992
    Lecturer in human anatomy at St Thomas' Hospital School of Medicine

  • 1992 – 2003
    Various contracts with Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UN in relation to identification of victims and perpetrators.

  • 1999
    Lead forensic anthropologist for the British forensic team in Kosovo and deployment to Sierra Leone and Grenada

  • 2003
    Two tours to Iraq / Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee.

  • I am Director and Dean of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and Deputy Principal for public engagement for the University of Dundee.

  • In 2005 I deployed to the aftermath of the Asian tsunami.

  • I hold directorship of a number of companies.

Selected publications

  • Cunningham, C. and Black, S.M. (2013). The Vascular Collar of the Ilium – Three-dimensional Evaluation of the Dominant Nutrient Foramen. Clinical Anatomy 26(4): 502-508.

  • Hackman, L. and Black, S. (2013). Age estimation from radiographic images of the knee. Journal of Forensic Sciences DOI:10.1111/1556-4029.12077.

  • Black, S.M., MacDonald-McMillan, B. and Mallett, X. (2013). The incidence of scarring on the dorsum of the hand. Int J Led Med. DOI: 10.1007/s00414-013-0834-7

  • Jackson, G. and Black, S. (2013). Use of data to inform expert evaluative opinion in the comparison of hand images – the importance of scars. Int J Leg Med. DOI: 10.1007/s00414-013-0828-5

  • Black, S., MacDonald-McMillan, Mallett, X., Rynn, C. and Jackson, G. (2013). The incidence and position of melanocytic nevi for the purposes of forensic image comparison. Int J Leg Med. DOI: 10.1007/s00414-013-0821-z

  • Davies, C., Hackman, L. and Black, S. (2013). The persistence of epiphyseal scars in the Adult tibia. Int J Leg Med. DOI: 10.1007/s00414-013-0838-3

  • Davies, C., Hackman, L., and Black, S. (2013) The utility of the proximal epiphysis of the 5th metatarsal in age estimation. Journal of Forensic Sciences. DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.12069

  • Davies, C., Hackman, L. and Black, S. (2013). A test of the Whitaker scoring system for estimating age from the bones of the foot. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 127, Issue 2 (2013), Page 481-489. DOI: 10.1007/s00414-012-0777-4

  • Black, S.M., Creese, S., Guest, R.M., Pike, B., Saxby, S., Stanton Fraser, D., Stevenage, S.V., & Whitty, M.T. (2012). SuperIdentity: Fusion of Identity across Real and Cyber Domains. Refereed Proceedings of ID360: Global Issues in Identity, Texas, April 23-24th, 2012.

  • Black, S.M., Sutherland, G., Mallett, X. and Hackman, L. (2011). The UK DVI Casebook. Taylor and Francis, London.

  • Black, S.M. and Ferguson, E. (2011). Forensic Anthropology 2000 – 2010. CRC Press, Florida.

  • Black, S.M., Aggrawal, A. and Payne-James, J. (2010). Age evaluation in the living for medico-legal purposes. Wiley, London.

  • Black, S.M., Walker, G., Hackman, L and Brooks, C. (2010). DVI ? A practitioner's guide. Dundee University Press, Dundee.


Selected projects

Current research projects

  • The development of a unique biometric for the identification of perpetrators of child sexual abuse from images

  • Age estimation from the living

  • The development of the juvenile pelvis with implications for surgical implantation

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellow Royal Society Edinburgh

  • Fellow Royal Anthropological Institute

  • Fellow Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

  • Hon Fellow Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

  • Member (and founder) British Association for Human Identification

  • Member (and founder) British Association for Forensic Anthropology

  • Member Anatomical Society

  • Member Clinical Anatomy

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Strong communication skills


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