Faculty & Staff - Dr. Marcella H. Sorg
Research Associate Professor,
Margaret Chase Smith Center,
Department of Anthropology,
Climate Change Institute
My research focus is in forensic anthropology, particularly the taphonomy of human remains in terrestrial and marine contexts. I am a practicing, board certified forensic anthropologist, consultant to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Maine and other states since 1977. With a theoretical base in human variation and genetic demography, I have also conducted studies of several historic Maine populations, including Acadians of the St. John Valley, Franco-Americans of the Old Town area, and inhabitants of Vinalhaven Island. In addition, I have been active in the descriptive analysis of prehistoric osteological collections from Maine and New Hampshire. See also Margaret Chase Smith Center.
Sorg, M.H. and Haglund, W.D. (eds.) (forthcoming book) Advances in Forensic Taphonomy. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Rebmann, A., David, E. and Sorg, M.H. (forthcoming book) Cadaver Dog Handbook: A Forensic Guide to Training, Handling, and Searching. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Sorg, M.H., David, E. and Rebmann, A. (1998) “Cadaver dogs, taphonomy, and postmortem interval in the Northeast.” In K.J. Reichs (ed.), Forensic Osteology: Advances in the Identification of Human Remains. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, pp. 120-144.
Haglund, W.D. and Sorg, M.H. (eds.) 1997 Forensic Taphonomy: The Postmortem Fate of Human Remains. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Sorg, M.H. et al. 1997 “Forensic taphonomy in marine contexts.” In W.D. Haglund and M.H. Sorg (eds.), Forensic Taphonomy: The Postmortem Fate of Human Remains. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, pp. 567-604.
Bonnichsen, R. and Sorg, M.H. (eds.) 1989 Bone Modification. Orono, ME: Center for the Study of the First Americans.
Sorg, M.H. 1983 “Isonymy and diabetes prevalence in the Vinalhaven Island Population.” Human Biology 55(2):305-311.
Sorg, M.H. and Craig, B.C. 1983 “Patterns of infant mortality in the Upper St. John Valley French population: 1791-1838.” Human Biology 55(1):101-113.
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Margaret Chase Smith Center
University of Maine
York Village 4
Orono, Maine 04469
Department of Anthropology
University of Maine
5773 S. Stevens Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5773