Scott I. Fairgrieve

Dr. Scott Fairgrieve is a tenured full professor and was the Founding Chair of the Department of Forensic Science at Laurentian University, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He was originally trained in Physical Anthropology at Erindale College (now University of Toronto at Mississauga – UTM), University of Toronto (Hons. B.Sc.) from 1982 to 1986, under the supervision of Dr. Jerry Melbye of the Department of Anthropology. Upon graduation, Dr. Fairgrieve pursued his M.Phil. in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, England. His thesis, was supervised by Professor James Garlick of the Department of Physical Anthropology. Subsequently, Dr. Fairgrieve pursued his Ph.D. in human skeletal biology, under the supervision of Dr. Jerry Melbye, at the University of Toronto. He was trained in Forensic Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., by Dr. Douglas H. Ubelaker and instructed by Dr. William Bass from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. In 1991 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. He was the lead in the department’s successful bid to be the first in Canada to offer FEPAC (Forensic Science Programs Accreditation Commission) accredited degrees. Director of the Forensic Osteology Laboratory, he is the Forensic Anthropology consultant to the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, working with the Northeast Regional Forensic Pathology Unit in Sudbury, Ontario. Dr. Fairgrieve is published in the areas of forensic anthropology, microscopy of bone, and the analysis of intentionally burned human remains. In 2008 published through CRC Press a book on Forensic Cremation Recovery and Analysis. He has testified as an expert witness in Canada for the Crown and the United States for the defense in the Casey Anthony case and the Steven Avery case, among others. Crown and defense regularly seek out Dr. Fairgrieve to consult on death investigations and criminal trials.