Dr Samantha Rowbotham
Dr Samantha Rowbotham is a Forensic Anthropologist with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. She also holds an Adjunct Research Fellow appointment with the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University, and is a Forensic Anthropology Trainee with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (Faculty of Science). Samantha was a recipient of a VESKI Victoria Fellowship (2017) and the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences ‘Oscar Rivers Schmalzbach’ Research Fellowship (2019).
Samantha’s research interests primarily lie in strengthening the evidence base for the analysis and interpretation of skeletal trauma in medico-legal contexts. Some of her work includes: investigating the skeletal fracture patterns and morphologies resulting from fatal falls, differentiating fatal unintentional short falls from non-accidental injury in infants, and investigating the skull fractures resulting from fatal assaults.
In addition to publishing this research in peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Samantha also supervises Honours students and undergraduate student research projects; coordinates the VIFM Research Seminar Series; convenes short courses in anthropology; and is the lead editor of the Australasian Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology Newsletter.
Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and History from the University of Queensland (2010); a Master of Archaeological Science (Research with First Class Honours) from the Australian National University (2012), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Medicine from Monash University (2018). Since 2009 she has been involved with archaeological excavations, osteology research and bioarchaeology teaching projects in Asia, Europe, Central America and Australia. From 2014 to 2017 she assisted with forensic anthropology casework in Victoria, and since 2018 she has undertaken forensic anthropology case work for the VIFM.