Soren Blau

Dr Soren Blau is the Senior Forensic Anthropologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) where she has been employed since 2005. She is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University, Founding Fellow Faculty of Science, The Royal College of Pathologists of Australiasia and a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship (2013). Soren undertakes domestic forensic anthropology casework, including Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) and provides expert evidence in the magistrates’ and supreme courts. Soren has participated in the recovery and analysis of human remains from archaeological and forensic contexts in numerous countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Guam, Indonesia, Israel, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.

Soren has undertaken consultancies for the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF), and delivered training to forensic practitioners and related stakeholders in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Uganda and Botswana. In addition to peer reviewed journal publications, Soren co-edited a book entitled Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology (2009) which is currently being revised for a second edition.

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Deadly secrets—the science of decomposition

Deadly secrets—the science of decomposition
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