Paige is a PhD Researcher in Forensic Science, Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, supervised by Dr Neil Pickles and Dr Christopher Rogers (University of Wolverhampton), and a Lecturer in Bioscience.

Thesis title/work in progress: 

The development and review of a new taphonomic framework for the assessment of cadaver decomposition in the United Kingdom

Why did you choose this topic and what are your research interests? 

I joined the Forensic Science programme in September 2016. Like most, I was interested in Crime Scene Investigation – partly because of the TV shows, but mostly because I did not realise the vast nature of Forensic Science. At the end of Level 4, I had the opportunity to travel to the USA. While there, we visited several museums and memorial sites that had links to what we were learning on the degree. We also had a tour around the Riverbend maximum-security prison in Nashville, TN. My highlight, however, was the day we spent at the Forensic Anthropology Research Centre at the University of Tennessee. This was where I first learnt of taphonomy and the incredible research that was happening in the area – stood in the middle of what is most commonly known as a ‘Body Farm’. Ever since this trip, much of my research has focused on the factors that affect the rate of decomposition and how we can measure it. 

What do you hope to do in the future, and what opportunities are you looking for?

I am interested in taphonomy from both a forensic perspective and a paleontological perspective; this is mostly because I am fascinated by dinosaurs. Since starting my PhD, I have been actively engaging with conferences in both disciplines to better understand taphonomy as a whole. Through my PhD, I hope to develop and review a method for quantifying decomposition more accurately in the UK and develop an open-access taphonomic database to bring researchers one step closer to developing a universal method for estimating the postmortem interval.