Dr. Scott I. Fairgrieve, Ph.D.


Dr. Fairgrieve was originally trained in Physical Anthropology at Erindale College, University of Toronto (Hons. B.Sc.) from 1982 to 1986.  His fourth year independent study project, entitled “Torture, Mutilation, Murder and Cannibalism at the Suanaktuk Site”, was supervised by Dr. Jerry Melbye of the Department of Anthropology.  This was later published (see list of publications).  Upon graduation, Dr. Fairgrieve pursued his M.Phil. in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, England.  His thesis, entitled “The Pasamayo Crania of the Hutchinson Collection, a Pathological and Nutritional Assessment” was supervised by Professor James Garlick of the Department of Physical Anthropology.  Subsequently, Dr. Fairgrieve returned to pursue his Ph.D., once again under the supervision of Dr. Jerry Melbye.  Dr. Fairgrieve’s doctoral thesis is entitled, “Amino Acid Residue Analysis of Type I Collagen in Human Hard Tissue: An Assessment of Cribra Orbitalia in An Ancient Skeletal Sample from Tomb 31, Site 31/435-D5-2, Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt.”  Prior to defending his Ph.D., Dr. Fairgrieve, completed a short course on Forensic Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C.  This training program was directed by Dr. Douglas H. Ubelaker and included instruction from Dr. William Bass from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee.  This training was completed under a Smithsonian Institution scholarship.  Also prior to graduation, Dr. Fairgrieve secured a cross-appointment between the Anthropology Program and the Department of Biology at Laurentian University.  Since obtaining his Ph.D. in 1993, Dr. Fairgrieve has steadily conducted research in human skeletal biology and forensic anthropology with numerous publications and research projects.  In 1998, he founded the “Forensic Biology Option” within the Honours B.Sc. in Biology at Laurentian University.  In 2004, Dr. Fairgrieve became the founding Chair of the Department of Forensic Science at Laurentian University.  As Director of the Forensic Osteology Laboratory, he is the Forensic Anthropology consultant to the Northeast Regional Forensic Pathology Unit (Directed by Dr. Martin Queen), located at the Sudbury Regional Hospital.  Dr. Fairgrieve is published in the areas of forensic anthropology, microscopy of bone, and the analysis of intentionally burned human remains.  He has testified in court for the Crown in Canada and for the defence in the United States.

Contact Information:

Dr. Scott I. Fairgrieve

Department of Forensic Science

Laurentian University,

Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6


Phone: 705-675-1151 ext. 4209

FAX:  705-671-6619

Email: sfairgrieve@laurentian.ca

Web: laurentianforensicscience.ca