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Dr Ryan Austin

Lecturer in Forensic Science

School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

01752 636700

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Role Summary

I am a Forensic Anthropologist with experience of both domestic and international cases. My current research involves using isotopes in order to determine the degree to which they can provide region of origin information for Missing individuals. As a Lecturer in Forensic Science my role is focused on delivering an informative and engaging experience to students.


  • PhD Forensic Anthropology, University of Lincoln
  • MSc Forensic Anthropology, University of Lincoln
  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and International Business, Keele University


  • Case Assessment and Interpretation
  • Future Forensics
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Mass Disaster Victim Identification


My current research focuses on utilising isotopes for the purposes of geolocation and human provenancing, particularly in humanitarian contexts. At present I am examining the degree to which isotopes can be used in the geolocation of a modern Guatemalan population.


Austin, R, Fowler, G, Cooper, JJ, Perez Tanchez, M, Croxton, R & Evans, J et al. Use of strontium isotope ratios in geolocation of Guatemalan population: Potential role in identification of remains. J Forensic Sci. 2022; 67: 1962– 1970.

Expert Membership of professional bodies

  • Affiliate Member of the Chartered Society for Forensic Sciences
  • Member of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI)
  • Member of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK
  • Member of the British Association for Human Identification (BAHID)

Other Interests

Academically, I am keen to explore collaborations with external partners exploring both traditional and non-traditional anthropological methods.

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