Dr. Emily Holland

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Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology

Forensic Anthropologist



A little about me
I started at Brandon University in 2014 and am quite happy to be here! I am a biological anthropologist with a focus in juvenile osteology, growth and development, mortality bias, population health and the archaeology of children and childhood. I am also a trained Forensic Anthropologist with case experience in BC, Ontario and Manitoba. I recently spent a month with the Forensic Anthropology Unit of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. This opportunity was an important part of my training and development as a Forensic Anthropologist and provided the opportunity to work directly with Medical Examiners at autopsy and with accredited Forensic Anthropologists. Currently, I am an ongoing consultant for Drag the Red; a community organization that is devoted to dragging the Red River and searching the associated shoreline for evidence of missing people. I am also available as a resource to local and federal law enforcement.

In addition, I am a consultant for the Manitoba Museum and the Historic Resources Branch of Manitoba. In this position I conduct the required skeletal analysis of archaeological individuals to ensure their repatriation.

I am committed to a high level of teaching and research and seek as many opportunities as possible to incorporate my students into the practical applied component of my work. If you have any questions about biological or forensic anthropology please don’t hesitate to email me! I look forward to hearing from you.

Academic Degrees
PhD (University of Toronto)
MA (University of Manitoba)
HBSc (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Research Interests
Bioarchaeology: growth and development, population health, child health and adult morbidity and mortality,  children and childhood, palaeopathology and the application of technology to documenting and analyzing human skeletal remains

Forensic Anthropology: methods of skeletal analysis, identification and interpretation of neglect and abuse in juvenile skeletal remains, identification and interpretation of trauma, mapping and excavating outdoor crime scenes and graves, incorporating technology into grave documentation and courtroom presentations

Professional Affiliations
Canadian Society for Forensic Science
Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology
Manitoba Archaeology Society
American Association of Physical Anthropologists
Palaeopathology Association

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