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Academic Biography

Rhys Williams is a Lecturer in Forensic Science in the School of Health and Life Sciences, Teesside University.

Before coming to Teesside to complete his PhD and provide teaching support, Rhys studied Forensic Anthropology at the University of Central Lancashire. Rhys has published in peer-reviewed journals about 3D imaging, public engagement, and elemental analysis of archaeological soil.

Summary of Research Interests

Rhys’ main research areas focus on developing new methods toward the visualisation and presentation of archaeological material.

Rhys’ expertise and interests include:-

  • 3D and digital visualisation technologies
  • Characterisation and elemental analysis of soil
  • Decomposition and taphonomic processes
  • Public engagement and science communications
  • Biological profiling of skeletal remains

Research Projects & External Funding

1. Preservation processes – Vindolanda

Rhys is a member of the Teesside University Bioarcheology (TUBA) research group that works in collaboration with The Vindolanda Trust. This project investigates the chemical and microbiological characteristics of the preservation at Vindolanda.

2. Digital imaging and public engagement

Rhys is involved in 3D imaging and digitisation projects with the aim to enhance public engagement of museum material

3. Mapping of archaeological sites

Rhys works with collaborators and external partners to provide elemental analysis and subsequent mapping of archaeological sites to enhance and support the archaeological interpretations.

External Roles and Professional Activities

Member and blog administrator of Teesside University Bioarchaeology (TUBA) research group

Postgraduate representative, Teesside University Student Experience Sub-Committee

Academic Achievements

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic Responsibilities

PhD Researcher

Supporting the teaching of the science department

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Advanced Analytical Techniques

Anatomy and Physiology

Data Analysis - Chemical Science, Forensic and Scene Science, Life Sciences

Introduction to Forensic Science

Investigations in Forensic Chemistry

Forensic Analytical Chemistry

Forensic Analytical Techniques

Forensic Evidence and Recovery

Forensic Ecology

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Teesside University

6 Feb 201716 Jan 2021

Award Date: 19 Feb 2021

Master, University of Central Lancashire

Sep 2015Sep 2016

Award Date: 15 Sep 2016

Bachelor, University of Central Lancashire

Sep 2012May 2015

Award Date: 22 May 2015


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