Provenancing humans: the real uncertainty of stable isotope data

Research output: ThesisMasters Thesis


Stable isotope profiling is a relatively new technique within the field of human identification. It allows forensic investigators to deduce information pertaining to an individual’s geographical provenance, recent movements, and even dietary intake. Human identification requires the development of new methods able to overcome the issues associated with traditional techniques such as the degradation of DNA samples in aqueous environments, and the extreme fragmentation of skeletal material. Stable isotope profiling is a rapid, cost effective, and accurate technique capable of assisting forensic investigations by focussing resources and providing additional information to the biological profile provided by the anthropologist. Variation in the isotopic composition of local tap water arises as a result of mass-dependent fractionation processes occurring within the hydrologic cycle. These processes occur constantly as water
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMaster of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Dundee
  • Meier-Augenstein, Wolfram, Principal Supervisor, External person
  • Black, Sue, Principal Supervisor, External person
  • Stewart, Derek, Advisor, External person
  • Hopkins, David, Advisor, External person
Award date26 Jun 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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