Laboratory research interests and expertise

Human Identification, Skeletal Identification, Forensic Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Skeletal Analysis, Osteology, Anatomy, Human variation, Radiographic Comparison, Osteometric Sorting, Mass Graves, Sex estimation, Age estimation, Ancestry estimation, Stature estimation, Trauma, Craniofacial Identification, Skull, Face, Facial approximation, Craniofacial superimposition.

Shape Analysis, Morphometrics, Anthropometry, 3D Scanning, Stereophotogrammetry, Geometric Morphometrics, Elliptical Fourier Analysis.

Medical Imaging, Ultrasound, Radiography, X-Rays, Optics, Photography.

R, Biostatistics, Mecanotronics.

Facilities

The HuCS-ID Lab works closely with the SBMS Gross Anatomy Facility (GAF) and its anatomical resources. In fact, our forensic anthropology lab is physically part of the UQ School of Anatomy and the GAF, such that we are authorized by the state regulator to use GAF anatomical specimens. The UQ School of Anatomy is one of the largest anatomy Schools in Australia and with HuCS-ID Lab assistance, it is the only anatomy school of its kind in the country to possess a library of skeletons from modern-day contemporary donors traceable to single separate individuals of origin.

The HuCS-ID Lab is well-equipped with the usual forensic anthropology precision instruments of osteometric boards, calipers and anthropometry devices employed in forensic anthropology (e.g., GPM, Mopec).

The laboratory holds a broad range of 3D scanning devices to include: Artec Spider, Einscan, Next Engine, and Di3D Stereophotogrammetry. The Di3D equipment is housed and operated in a separate dedicated video green-room. Professional-grade camera equipment is used throughout the laboratory, including Canon 6D and Nikon D780 full-frame DSLRs. We use Metashape for photogrammetry and Kaiser copy stand for detailed skeletal photography.

For larger datasets and computational analysis, lab members have access to our own in-lab 2.7 GHz machine with 96GB RAM.

Being on UQ St Lucia Campus, we are only just down the road from the UQ Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI), which offers a large array of medical imaging technology and is where we undertake our CT and MRI scans for research.

We operate one of craniofacial identification’s best known resource hubs, CRANIOFACIALidentification.com, and craniofacial identification’s only online data repository for facial soft tissue thicknesses (FSTT), nicknamed the C-Table as short for the Collaborative FSTT Data Store.