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Faculty & Staff - Dr. Marcella H. Sorg


Research Associate Professor,
Margaret Chase Smith Center,
Department of Anthropology,
Climate Change Institute

Professional Interests:

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

Representative Publications:

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.



Telephone: (207) 581-2596 
Fax: (207) 581-1823


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

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