Helen Langstaff


Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology
Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee, Dundee
01382 386324

Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology

Dr Langstaff is currently employed as a Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology.
She holds a BSc in Forensic Science from the University of Central Lancashire, an MSc in Forensic Anthropology and a PhD in Forensic Anthropology both from the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Langstaff is Certified as a Level 3 Forensic Anthropologist by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.

I specialise in 3D image capture and analysis utilising CT scans and surface scans of both living people and skeletal remains.  I've focused in two main areas within this; heritability of facial morphology, investigating whether the features of the human face are inherited from parent to child and pair matching of commingled remains, analysing to see if the two bones came from the same individual. Both of these use computer based calculations to assess to similarity between objects.

I am responsible for the BSc Forensic Anthropology programme as well as being the module lead for the 4th year honours projects. I lead and teach the Forensic Osteology modules for the BSc and MSc programmes, which focus on the skeletal anatomy of the human. I teach the methods used to create a biological profile from the human skeleton in the Forensic Human Identification modules and manage the BSc module. In addition to my teaching I am the study abroad link for CAHID students.

•    Karell M.A., Langstaff H.K., Halazonetis D.J., Minghetti C., Frelat M., & Kranioti E.F. (2016) A Novel Method for Pair-matching Using Three-dimensional Digital Models of Bone: Mesh-to-mesh Value Comparison. International Journal of Legal Medicine. 130(5):1315-1322.
•    de Almeida Prado P.S., Garcia-Donas J.G., Langstaff H.K., Cunha E., Kyriakou P. & Kranioti E.F. (2016) Os parietale partitum: exploring the prevalence of this trait in four contemporary populations. Homo-Journal of Comparative Human Biology. 67(4):261-272.
•    Kranioti E.F., García-Donas J.G. & Langstaff H.K. (2014) Sex estimation of the Greek mandible with the aid of discriminant function analysis and posterior probabilities. Rom J Leg Med. 22(2):101-104.
Published Abstracts:
•    Karell M.A., Langstaff H.K., Osipov B., Minghetti C., Frelat M., & Kraniot E.F. (2014) Commingled human remains: A new approach of pair matching using mesh to mesh comparison of 3D surface models. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 153 (S58):155.
•    Langstaff H.K., Kranioti E.F., Kyriakou P., Fleming-Farrell D., Harris S., Migliaccio F., Pacelli C., Samuels C. Castro J., Roig J. & Márquez-Grant N. (2010) The Mediaeval cemetery (10th-13th centuries) of Can Fonoll, Ibiza, Spain. Abstract book, 12th annual meeting of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, Cambridge, 17th-19th September 2010. p33