Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology, Teesside University

Tim Thompson is a Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology and Associate Dean in the School of Health & Life Sciences. In 2014, Tim was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy for excellence in teaching and support for learning in higher education.

Before coming to Teesside, Tim studied for his PhD at the University of Sheffield (Faculty of Medicine) and was a Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee.

Tim has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books and is a renowned expert on heat-induced apatite and crystallinity changes in bone. His latest book is 'Human Remains: Another Dimension - the application of imaging to the study of human remains'. Prior to this, he published the book 'The Archaeology of Cremation: Burned Human Remains in Funerary Studies', and was co-author of 'Human Identity and Identification' with Dr Rebecca Gowland (Durham University) and senior editor for the book 'Forensic Human Identification'.

Externally, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the 'Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine' and is on the editorial boards for the 'Journal of Forensic Sciences' and 'Human Remains and Violence: an Interdisciplinary Journal'. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Science & Justice' for three years. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and the Royal Anthropological Institute and a Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE, Tim is a practicing forensic anthropologist who has worked at home and abroad in a variety of forensic contexts.

Summary of Research Interests
Tim's main areas of research focus on the human body and how it changes, particularly in the modern context. Here, most of his research examines the effects of burning on the skeleton and the development of new analytical tools to examine this challenging biomaterial through our 'Analytical Instrumentation, Measurement and Control Engineering' research theme. Tim is also interested the recording and visualisation of forensic evidence and heritage artefacts, and the resolution of commingled graves from contexts of mass violence.

Various projects are currently underway in all of these areas, involving leading researchers in a variety of UK and overseas academic institutions.


  • 2007–present
    Associate Dean and Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology, Teesside University
  • 2004–2007
    Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology, University of Dundee