Megan Quick CV


Since 2016           Liverpool John Moores University

PhD Thesis: Predicting Improved Near-Suface Geophysical Methods for Forensic Investigations (working title)

Supervised by Dr David Jordan, Dr Matteo Borrini and Prof Chris Hunt.


2015-2016            Liverpool John Moores University, MSc, Forensic Anthropology, Distinction

Courses: Included but not limited to Geoforensic Excavation, Advanced Osteology and Skeletal Pathology, Taphonomy and Trauma, Human Identification and Forensic DNA, Law and Court Room Skills.

MSc Thesis: Sex Estimation from the clavicle: Testing different osteometric instruments and discriminant function and a British Medieval sample. Supervised by Dr Matteo Borrini

2011-2014            Liverpool John Moores University, BSc, Forensic Anthropology, 1st class (Hons)

Courses: Included but not limited to Forensic Geoscience, Advanced Forensic Anthropology, Palaeopathology, Human Variation and Identification, Forensic Bioscience, Forensic and Anthropological Genetics.

BSc: Stature and sex estimation by discriminant function analysis using femoral measurements between and urban and an agricultural British Medieval population. Supervised by Prof Isabelle De Groote

Research Experience

July 2019             Waterloo Uncovered, Belgium

Invited by Waterloo Uncovered to conduct surveys at Mont-Saint-Jean, Hougoumont Farm and Frischermont, sites of the Battle of Waterloo, to locate buried structures and features using near-surface detection methods.

January 2018      NERC Geophysics Skills Development for Environmental Scientists, Keele University

A 5-day skills theory and practice workshop to gain practical experience of geophysical data collection, analysis and interpretation under commercial conditions, and to understand the real-world application of environmental geophysics for research and career development. The course equipped me with the skills to design, plan, organise, collect, process and interpret near-surface geophysical data.

Teaching Experience

September 2017 – Present          Teaching Support Officer/Demonstrator

Alongside my PhD research, I provide student support for various undergraduate Natural Sciences course modules such as Genetics and Evolution; Palaeopathology; Introduction to Archaeology; GIS, Geography and Beyond; Excavation and Analytical Techniques. As a result, I have gained experience of both of both teaching small and large groups of students, providing tailored support to individuals, and facilitating group exercises which further strengthened my communication and interpersonal skills.

June 2016 – Present       Site supervisor/osteoarchaeologist. The Poulton Research Group

I have returned multiple times each year which involved supervising student groups throughout the Summer Field School, Easter Field School, LJMU BSc and MSc Field Schools, and South Connecticut State University Field School on the medieval graveyard. I demonstrate how to excavate a burial, identify the different skeletal elements, provide a biological profile of the skeletal remains, survey and record the burial including any associated finds.       


Laboratory and technical skills – experience in biological profiling of skeletal remains (non-metric and metric), use of near-surface detection methods (GPR, electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility), competent in the use of various lab equipment.

Communication and interpersonal skills – writing literature reviews, lab reports and assimilating complex information. Public speaking (seminars, oral presentations, poster presentations, networking).

IT and analytical skills – competent user of all Microsoft programmes, SPSS and basic functions of GIS. Learning the basics of code in Python. Confident using processing software for near-surface detection methods (GPR Slice, RES2D).

Organisational skills – effective organisation and planning skills to manage commitments of part-time employment and part-time studies.



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