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Transcript: Role of the Isotope Analyst

Dr. Lynne Bell: My role in forensic anthropology is very much hinged around place and environment. I am very interested in looking at people's life history. So that means: where did these people come from? Where did they spend their time? Did they live in multiple locations? One of the key applications in forensics and one of the key questions is, not just who is this person (which is really important), but where did this person come from? In Vancouver for instance we have a lot of cold cases. We also have a lot of migrants coming in and so it's possible that we're going to have situations where a missing person report will not match to a local area and you have to look elsewhere. A lot of my research is geared towards trying to figure out from the human tissues we're left with, can we deduce where this person lived?

  • Role of the Isotope Analyst
  • Information from Teeth
  • Information from Tissue and Bone
  • Geographical Origin of the Victim
  • Our Environments Build Our Tissues