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Geraldine Eleanor Fahy


Personal Information

Nationality: Irish

Date of birth: 22 March 1985


Professional Profile

Trained in many areas of osteological analysis and forensic science, I have significant experience in many areas of physical anthropology including forensic anthropology and osteoarchaeology. I am qualified in many areas of data handling and scientific management. My current research interests combine both the disciplines of primatology and human evolution, and focus on how stable isotope analysis of primatological samples can be used to increase our understanding of human evolution.



09/2010 – Present

PhD Candidate: IMPRS Leipzig School of Human Origins at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
Dept. of Human Evolution & Dept. of Primatology
Research topic: Meat eating in chimpanzees and other primates, supervised by Prof. Mike Richards and Dr. Gottfried Hohmann.

09/2009 – 09/2010

National University of Ireland: Galway
MSc Neuropharmacology [Distinction] Dissertation: The effects of methamphetamines in pregnancy, supervised by Dr. John Kelly
Main fields of study: neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, pharmacology, laboratory methodologies, scientific statistics and data handling.

09/2006 – 09/2007

University of Dundee, Scotland
MSc Human Identification [Distinction]
Dissertation: The changes associated with decomposition in bodies recovered from aquatic environments, supervised by Dr. Caroline Wilkinson.
Main fields of study: methods of identification of the living and identification of the dead.

09/2003 – 06/2006

University of Lincoln, England
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
Dissertation: The relationship between the length of the femur and measurements of body composition, including sex, age, body mass, body weight, height and fat percentage, supervised by Dr. Shamusi Fagbemi.


Work Experience and Qualifications

08/2008 – 12/2008

United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC), Beirut, Lebanon
Forensic Expert

  • Forensic evidence examination, analysis, recording and registration, cataloging firearm and explosive materials, photographing forensic exhibits, photographing biological materials;
  • Preparation of forensic exhibits for transfer to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon;
  • Facial comparison analysis;
  • Producing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP);
  • Establishing guidelines for the formation of a suspect image database.


Galway City Coroner’s Office
Forensic Anthropologist (case-specific consultancy)

  • Forensic autopsy of partially skeletonized human remains;
  • Biological profiling of remains;
  • Examination of trauma and pathologies.

03/2008 – 06/2008

Moore Group Archaeological & Environmental Services, Galway, Republic of Ireland
Archaeological assistant
Excavation duties: excavation of a Neolithic archaeological site

  • On-site finds processing;
  • Context differentiation and recording, section and profile drawing, pre- and post-excavation planning;
  • Geographical Imaging System (GIS) implementation.

Post-excavation duties:
  • Preliminary report writing;
  • Osteological analysis.

09/2007 – 12/2007

United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Office on Missing Persons and Forensics, Prishtina, Kosovo
Volunteer Forensic Anthropology Intern

  • Exhumation of human remains (skeletonized and partially skeletonized);
  • Autopsy of skeletal remains of forensic and archaeological interest;
  • Training and instructing staff on forensic techniques and protocols;
  • Assessment of sites of potential forensic interest.

06/2007 – 08/2007

Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), Den Haag, The Netherlands
Forensic Anthropology Research Intern

  • Reviewing forensic autopsy reports and imagery;
  • Histological examination of forensic tissue samples.

05/2006 – 06/2006

Portuguese Institute of Archaeology (IPA), Belem, Lisbon, Portugal
Human and Dental Osteology Intern

  • Biological profiling of skeletal remains;
  • Examination of skeletal trauma, pathologies and stress markers;
  • Analysis of dental remains.

03/2004 – 03/2006

University of Lincoln Forensic Science Laboratory, Lincoln, England
Forensic Laboratory Assistant

  • Preparation of slides for histological analysis;
  • GC-MS analysis of forensic samples;
  • Processing and recording of forensic samples;
  • Instructing students in appropriate forensic methodologies and protocols and leading forensic workshops.



09/2011 Evolution of Diet: Investigation using Stable Isotope Analysis, IMPRS The Leipzig School of Human Origins, Leipzig, Germany
09/2007 – 12/2007 Training and instructing staff on forensic techniques and protocols, UNMIK, OMPF, Prishtina, Kosovo
03/2004 – 03/2006 Instructing students in appropriate forensic methodologies and protocol and leading forensic workshops, University of Lincoln Forensic Science Laboratory, Lincoln, England


Foreign Languages

  • English: Mother tongue
  • French: Good
    Certificate in modern languages: French (Stage 2)
  • Irish: Good


Information Technology (IT) Skills

I obtained a European Computer Driving License (ECDL) in 2002; I am proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Filemaker Pro(R), Lotus Notes, Internet Explorer, E-FIT and FACES. I am also highly trained in the use of statistical and graphical packages such as GraphPad Prism, SPSS and Minitab to analyse scientific data.


Additional Training and Qualifications


Certificate in archaeological excavation and finds processing (UK)


Expert Witness legal training, including: report writing and presentation of evidence (UK)


Society Membership

  • British Association of Human Identification (UK) (since 2005)
  • Forensic Science Society (UK) (since 2004)