Tanya Peckmann

Coord Forensic Science
Faculty of Arts
Anthropology

Faculty Member Information

Biosketch

Dr. Peckmann is an Anthropology professor and experience forensic anthropologist. A regular consultant to the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service, Dr. Peckmann helps Nova Scotia police solve crimes and identify victims—a recent collaboration with the RCMP involved creating a tissue-depth database of Mi’kmaq people, which will help police put together more accurate 3D facial reconstructions to solve missing-persons cases in Indigenous communities. Dr. Peckmann holds an M.A. in Biological Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Biological/ Forensic Anthropology from the University of Cape Town.

Education

Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town Medical School, 2002
M.A., Biological Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Manitoba, 1997
B.A., Socio-cultural Anthropology (Honours), Department of Anthropology, University of Winnipeg, 1994
B.S., Biology (Graduated with Distinction), Department of Biology, University of Winnipeg, 1992

Academic Work Experience

2013 - Present, Coordinator, Forensic Sciences Program, Saint Mary’s University
2011 - Present, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Saint Mary’s University
2011 - Present, Executive Committee, Forensic Sciences Diploma Program, Faculty of Science, Saint Mary’s University
2007 - Present, Executive Committee and Supervisor, M.Sc. Applied Science Program, Faculty of Science, Saint Mary’s University
2005 - Present, Affiliate, Graduate Program, Department of Criminology, Saint Mary’s University
2003 - 2011, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Saint Mary’s University
2002 - 2003, Research Affiliate, Department of Anthropology, University of Manitoba

Non-Academic Work Experience

2005 - 2015, Forensic Anthropology Consultant, Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service

Membership

2002 - Present, African Studies Association
2002 - Present, American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Physical Anthropolgy)
2002 - Present, American Association of Physical Anthropologists
2002 - Present, British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology
2002 - Present, British Association for Human Identification
2002 - Present, Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology
2002 - Present, Canadian Society of Forensic Science
2002 - Present, Centre for African Studies, Harry Oppenheimer Institute, University of Cape Town
2002 - Present, International Association for Identification
2002 - Present, Paleopathology Association

Honours

Swiss Award Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town - 2000
Doctoral Fellowship (1998-2000) Foundation for Research and Development (FRD, South Africa) - 2000
Swiss Award Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town - 1999
Swiss Award Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town - 1999
JW Jagger Centenary Gift Scholarship, Doctoral Fellowship (1998-2000) University of Cape Town - 1998
M.A. thesis research funding Stone Consolidated Ltd (Fort Frances, Ontario) - 1996

Teaching: Course / Program Development

1997/03 - Present, Teaching Experience:

Scholarly Contributions

Book Chapters

Scanlon Joseph, Stoney Christopher, Kramar Kirsten, Peckmann Tanya, Brown Ian, Cormier Cynthia, McMahon Terry, van Haastert Coen. (2011). "Forensics if necessary: similarities and changes in Canadian mass death incidents", Disaster and Emergency Management: The Canadian Context

Journal Articles

Peckmann Tanya, Harris Mikkel, Huculak Meaghan, Pringle Ashleigh, Fournier Michel. "In Vivo facial tissue depth for Canadian Mi’kmaq adults: a case study from Nova Scotia, Canada", Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 29 (Spring - 2015), 43-53
Peckmann Tanya, Orr Kayla, Meek Susan, Manolis Sotiris. "Sex determination from the talus in a contemporary Greek population using discriminant function analysis", Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 33 (Spring - 2015), 14-19
Peckmann Tanya, Orr Kayla, Meek Susan, Manolis Sotiris. " Sex determination from the calcaneus in a contemporary Greek population using discriminant function analysis", Science and Justice (Spring - 2015)
Brown Courtney, Peckmann Tanya. " Decomposition rates and taphonomic changes associated with the estimation of time since death in a summer climate: a case study from urban Nova Scotia", Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal 46:4 (Spring - 2013), 209-230
MacNeil John Alexander Barra, Peckmann Tanya, Mussett Michelle. " Asymmetry in forensic three-dimensional facial reconstruction: An assessment of facial asymmetry in adult First Nations Nova Scotian facial soft tissue depth data", Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal 46:3 (Spring - 2013), 140-164
Peckmann Tanya, Fournier Michel, Manhein Mary, Listi Ginesse. "In Vivo facial tissue depth for Canadian Aboriginal children: a case study from Nova Scotia, Canada", Journal of Forensic Sciences 58:6 (Spring - 2013), 1429-1438
Huculak Meaghan, Peckmann Tanya. " In vivo facial tissue depth measurements of African Nova Scotian children to aid in 3-D forensic facial reconstruction", Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal 45:3 (Spring - 2012), 126-142
Peckmann Tanya, Fournier Michael, Manhein Mary, Listi Ginesse. "Giving voice to Canadian Aboriginal peoples: a collaboration between scholars and Aboriginal communities", Canadian Journal of Native Studies 31:1 (Spring - 2011), 43-50
Stoney Christopher, Scanlon Joseph, Kramar Kirsten, Peckmann Tanya, Brown Ian, Cormier Cynthia, van Haastert Coen. " Steadily increasing control: the professionalization of mass death", Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 19:2 (Spring - 2011), 1-9
Skinner M, Clegg L, Congram D, Katzenberg A, Lazenby R, Mundorff A, Peckmann Tanya, Spense M, Stratten S, Waterhouse K. " Taking the pulse of forensic anthropology in Canada", Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal 43:4 (Spring - 2010), 191-203
Peterson Shawna, Peckmann Tanya. "Utilizing the EM38B Ground Penetrating Radar Device for Forensic Investigations", Identification Canada Journal 31:3 (Spring - 2007), 88-103
Peckmann Tanya. "Death by smallpox: investigating the relationship between anaemia and viruses in 18th and 19th century South Africa", Anistoriton Journal 11 (Spring - 2007)
Peckmann Tanya. "The case of the mysterious ‘button’ in South Africa: how artefacts help date an archaeological site and answer some questions about the ethnic identity of its earliest occupants", Anistoriton Journal 10 (Spring - 2006)
Peckmann T.R. "Possible relationship between porotic hyperostosis and smallpox infections in nineteenth century populations in the northern frontier, South Africa", World Archaeology 35:2 (Spring - 2003), 289-305
Peckmann T.R. "De Tuin: Palaeodemography and life history on a 19th century mission station in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa", American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 30 (Spring - 2000), p.238

Presentation

Peckmann Tanya, Rozendaal Andrew. "Sex Estimation From the Vertebral Foramen of the Seven Cervical Vertebrae: An Analysis of Greek and Portuguese Skeletal Populations", American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Winter - 2015)
Peckmann Tanya, Logar Ciara, Garrido-Varas Claudia, Meek Susan, Miller Paul, Toledo Ximena. "Sex Determination Using Mesio-Distal Dimension of Permanent Maxillary Incisors and Canines in a Modern Chilean Population", American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Winter - 2014)
Mussett Michelle, Peckmann Tanya. "Estimating Sex for African-Americans Using Diagonal Molar Measurements", American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Winter - 2014)
Peckmann Tanya. "Presentation for the Faculty of Science, new incoming students" (Fall - 2014)
Peckmann Tanya. "Dialogues with the dead: the role of forensic anthropology in crime scene investigation", 1 Dental Unit Regional CE Conference (Fall - 2013)
Wood Marnie, Peckmann Tanya, Pringle Ashleigh. "Patterns of Injury in Fatal Coyote Attack: a case study from Nova Scotia, Canada (poster)", American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Winter - 2012)
Bell Ian, Peckmann Tanya. "Estimating Sex From the Human Skeleton: A Validation Study on Recent Scapular Methodologies With Emphasis on Population Diversity", American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Winter - 2012)
Peckmann Tanya. "Why we don't wear Prada to a crime scence?: the realities of forensic anthropology ", Living and Learning Series, Seniors Committee (Fall - 2012)
Peckmann Tanya. "WISE Webinar", Women in Science and Engineering (Spring - 2012)
Peckmann Tanya. "Invited Guest Speaker", Women in Science and Engineering (Winter - 2012)
Peckmann Tanya. "Why we don't wear Prada to a crime scene?: the realities of forensic anthropology", Elder's Learner (Winter - 2012)
Peckmann Tanya. "Why we don't wear Prada to a crime scene? Practical skills for teaching forensic anthropology in a high school classroom", Nova Scotia Social Studies teachers Professional Development Day (Fall - 2011)
Peckmann Tanya. "Stolen Lives: identification of missing peoples of Canadian Aboriginal ancestry", TEDx Halifax Grammar (Fall - 2011)
Peckmann Tanya. "Forensic Anthropology in Nova Scotia", Fatal Fire Investigation Symposium (Spring - 2011)
Peckmann Tanya. "3-D Facial Reconstruction: positive identification of missing peoples of Canadian Aboriginal ancestry", SMU Research Expo (Winter - 2011)
Peckmann Tanya. "Facial Reconstruction: An Acadian Child from the 18th Century ", Nova Scotia Institute of Science (Winter - 2011)
Peckmann Tanya. "Presesntation on "Forensic Anthropolgy", Facutly of Science", SMU Open House (Winter - 2011)
Peckmann Tanya, Fournier Michel, Manhein Mary, Listi Ginesse. " 3-D Facial Reconstruction: positive identification of missing children of Canadian Aboriginal ancestry and fostering self-worth within Aboriginal youth", International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Fall - 2010)
Kristiansen Jeanette, Peckmann Tanya. "A preliminary investigation of bitemarks on human skin: clothed versus unclothed (poster)", American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Winter - 2010)
Fernandes Tricia, Peckmann Tanya. "Taphonomic Patterns: Can Brush Fires Mimic the Natural Decomposition of Heavy Muscle Markers on Bone?", American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Winter - 2010)
Huculak Meaghan, Peckmann Tanya. "In Vivo facial tissue depth measurements of African Nova Scotian children to aid in 3-D forensic facial reconstruction", American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Winter - 2010)
Peckmann Tanya. "Who are you? The History of Facial Reconstruction", Dalhousie Society for the History of Medicine (Fall - 2010)
Peckmann Tanya. "3-D Facial Reconstruction: positive identification of missing peoples of Canadian Aboriginal ancestry", Board of Governers, SMU (Fall - 2010)
Peckmann Tanya. "Facial Reconstruction: An Acadian Child from the 18th Century", West Hants Historical Society (Spring - 2010)
Peckmann Tanya. "What the heck is forensic anthropology? What the heck does a forensic anthropologist do?", Atlantic Canada Death Investigators Seminar, Keynote Speaker (Winter - 2006)
Peckmann Tanya. "Dialogues with the dead: an osteological analysis of the Palaeodemography and life history of the 18th and 19th century Northern Frontier in South Africa", CAPA Conference (Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology) (Fall - 2003)
Peckmann Tanya. "Dialogues with the dead: an osteological analysis of the Palaeodemography and life history of the 18th and 19th century Northern Frontier in South Africa", CAPA (Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology) Conference (Fall - 2002)

Conference Proceedings

Rozendaal Andrew, Peckmann Tanya. "Sex Estimation From the Vertebral Foramen of the Seven Cervical Vertebrae: An Analysis of Greek and Portuguese Skeletal Populations", Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2015 - 2015)
Mussett Michelle, Peckmann Tanya. "Sex Determination in African Americans Using Diagonal Diameter Measurements of Molar Teeth", Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2014 - 2014)
Peckmann Tanya, Logar Ciara, Garrido-Varas Claudia, Meek Susan, Miller Paul, Toledo Ximena. "Sex Determination Using Mesio-Distal Dimension of Permanent Maxillary Incisors and Canines in a Modern Chilean Population", Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2014 - 2014)
Walls Stephen, Peckmann Tanya, Logar Ciara. " Determination of sex from the hyoid bone in a contemporary white population", Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2014 - 2014)
Wood Marnie, Peckmann Tanya, Pringle Ashleigh. "Patterns of Injury in Fatal Coyote Attack: a case study from Nova Scotia, Canada", Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2012 - 2012)
Bell Ian, Peckmann Tanya. " Estimating Sex From the Human Skeleton: A Validation Study on Recent Scapular Methodologies With Emphasis on Population Diversity", Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2012 - 2012)
Kristiansen Jeanette, Peckmann Tanya. "A preliminary investigation of bitemarks on human skin: clothed versus unclothed", Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2010 - 2010)
Fernandes Tricia, Peckmann Tanya. "Taphonomic Patterns: Can Brush Fires Mimic the Natural Decomposition of Heavy Muscle Markers on Bone?", Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2010 - 2010)
Huculak Meaghan, Peckmann Tanya. " In Vivo facial tissue depth measurements of African Nova Scotian children to aid in 3-D forensic facial reconstruction", Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2010 - 2010)
Peckmann Tanya, Fournier Michel, Manhein Mary, Listi Ginesse. "3-D Facial Reconstruction: Using ultrasound technology to aid in positive identification of Indigenous ancestry", Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2006 - 2007)

Service: Institutional Committees

Faculty of Science, Forensic Sciences Diploma Program, Executive Committee , 2010/03 - None (Member)
Saint Mary’s University Faculty Union (SMUFU) Scholarship Committee , 2008/03 - None (Representative)
Nominating Committee for the selection of Chairperson, Department of Anthroplogy, 2008/03 - 2011/03 (Member)
Executive Committee and Supervisor, Faculty of Science, M.Sc. Applied Science program, 2006/03 - None (Member)
University Committee on Student Enrolment, Retention, and Fundraising Committee , 2006/03 - None (Representative)
Senate Committee on Continuing Education , 2006/03 - None (Representative)
Forensic Sciences program representative on the Faculty of Science Outreach/Community Engagement Committee , 2006/03 - None (Representative)
Nominating Committee for the selection of Chairperson, Department of Anthroplogy, 2006/03 - 2010/03 (Member)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Case Report Contributor: Forensic Anthropolgy Case Reports, Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service 2013/02 - 2014/01
External Reviewer, Journal of Forensic Sciences 2012/04 - 2012/04
Case Report Contributor: Forensic Anthropolgy Case Reports, Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service 2012/02 - 2013/01
Reviewer for a new forensic anthropology textbook, Oxford University Press Canada 2011/02 - 2011/02
Case Report Contributor: Forensic Anthropolgy Case Reports, Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service 2011/02 - 2012/01
Contributor at the "Forensic Anthropology in Nova Scotia", Fatal Fire Investigation Symposium 2010/03 - 2010/03
Attendee, American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2010/02 - 2010/02
Case Report Contributor: Forensic Anthropolgy Case Reports, Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service 2010/02 - 2011/01
Contributor at the "Facial Reconstruction: An Acadian Child from the 18th Century", Nova Scotia Institute of Science 2010/02 - 2010/02
Contributor at "Writing demands in the Sciences", TESL, Saint Mary's University for the Department of Anthrpology 2010/02 - 2010/02
Attendee, The Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association Joint Annual Conference. Ethnicity, Governance and Social justice: Linking Canada to the World 2010/01 - 2010/01
Contributor at " Who are you? The History of a Facial Reconstruction", Dalhousie Society for the History of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University 2010/01 - 2010/01
Contributor at "3-D facial reconstruction of an Acadian child: a case study from Nova Scotia, Windsor Historical Society, Nova Scotia 2009/03 - 2009/03
Case Report Contributor: Forensic Anthropolgy Case Reports, Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service 2009/02 - 2010/01
Contributor at "3-D facial reconstruction of an Acadian child: a case study from Nova Scotia, Windsor Historical Society, Nova Scotia 2008/03 - 2008/03
Contributor at "CSI Halifax", World View-View Book, Saint Mary's University 2008/03 - 2008/03
Case Report Contributor: Forensic Anthropolgy Case Reports, Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service 2008/02 - 2009/01
Contributor at "What the heck is forensic anthropology?", Canadian Federation of University Women 2008/02 - 2008/02

Service: Community

Forensic Anthropology Job Shadow, Jennie Newman 2008/01 - 2008/01
Contributor to the presentation on Career Day " What the heck is forensic anthropology? What the heck does a forensic anthropologist do? , Halifax West High School 2007/03 - 2007/03
Non-Animal User Representative , Animal Care Committee 2004/03 - Present