Pamela Mayne Correia, MA

Faculty Service Officer, Faculty of Arts - Anthropology Dept


Faculty Service Officer, Faculty of Arts - Anthropology Dept
(780) 492-0189
1046-1 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4



PAMELA MAYNE CORREIA completed her M.A. at the University of Alberta. Upon completion of the M.A. degree in 1990, she assumed the position of osteology technologist for the Department of Anthropology, the position she held for 18 years. In 2009 she joined the Department as academic faculty in the role of Faculty Service Officer II and was promoted to FSO III in 2016. Her research interests are in the area of the analysis of cremated human skeletal material, trauma analysis, bone taphonomy and in human identification problems related to mass disasters and genocide. She is Curator for the three museum collections managed by the Department of Anthropology. Pamela continues to teach biological anthropology, human osteology, human osteoarchaeology, skeletal trauma analysis, and forensic anthropology. She has supervised the completion of two Masters students within the department of Anthropology, as well as mentored numerous Honours theses. Within the University Mayne Correia has participated on the Executive committee for the Repatriation of Sharphead, and as a member of the Curator’s committee, Policy and Planning Committee, and the Faculty of Arts Equity Discussion Group. Public service includes participation with the Medical Examiner’s Office in Edmonton since 1989 and participation on numerous cases for the RCMP, Medical Examiner, and Archaeological Survey. Since 2014 Ms. Mayne Correia is on the editorial board for the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences Journal. She is the Chair of the Anthropology/Medical/Odontology Section of the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences and a member of the Canadian Association of Physical Anthropology. Ms. Mayne Correia has received several awards in her position here at the University of Alberta, including the J.Lawrence Angel Award (1990), Sigma Xi Nat Rutter Outstanding Technician of the Year Award (2005), and most recently the Curator Hall of Fame Award (2015).


Themes: Applied forensic anthropology; trauma, cremated human remains; human identification problems, bone curatorial issues. Current research: bone diagenesis, including fungal, heat and traumatic damage.

Research Projects

Unidentified Human Remains Project (2015-present)
As a coordinated project between the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and RCMP, all the outstanding human remains cases in the province of Alberta are being reviewed and CPIC Missing persons files are being updated with additional information.  One aspect of this project has been the production of 3D digital files to enable facial reconstructions in the future. 

Biofilm Growth in a Human Skeletal Collection: Challenging current Museum Standards (2009 – present)
This project is a long term study on biofilm growth in bone tissue under differing museum/laboratory storage conditions.
Bone Biodeterioration (2009 to present)
Dr. Pitre and I are continuing to examine the presence, development, and description of biofilm as identified for the first time in human archaeological bone.

Comparative Histology of Burned Mammals (2012 – present)
Horocholyn, Pointer and I are looking at how bone histology is affected by heat in four mammals. The goal is to assess the viability of methods designed to distinguish between the species when unburned, when applied to cremated bone. Cow, Pig, Deer, and Human tissue is compared at 600C, 800C, and 1000C.

A New Method for Transporting and Storing Fragmentary Human Remains (2012 – present)
Sawchuk, Willoughby and I have initiated a 10yr experiment testing a method of storing human remains which may limit biofilm growth (fungal or bacterial) in a collection stored in Africa.

Examination of Pre-cremation Trauma in Cremated Bone (1989 – 1997)
This research assessed the ability to identify traumatic (peri-mortem) fractures in burned bone tissue. Research results produced 1) way to describe the amount of cremation viewed in the remains, 2) a description of the heat fractures identified in the animal model at various temperatures, 3) the conclusion that traumatic fractures can be identified at lower temperatures, but when fragmentation and calcination have progressed, there is a reduced chance of identifying pre-cremation trauma.


Forensic anthropology, human osteology, biological anthropology

Forensic Anthropology

Skeletal Trauma
Human Osteology

Forensic Anthropology
Human Osteoarchaeology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Human Osteology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Skeletal Trauma Analysis
Forensic Anthropology

Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology


ANTHR 494 - Forensic Anthropology

Human skeletal individualization and its application to human death investigation. Prerequisite: ANTHR 390 or consent of Department.

Winter Term 2021
ANTHR 584 - Advanced Topics in Archaeology and/or Biological Anthropology

Consult the Department and/or the schedule of classes for the specific topics offered.

Winter Term 2021

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