Doctor Hayley Green

Doctor Hayley Green

Academic Course Advisor, Medical Science,
Physical Sciences

Senior Lecturer - Human Anatomy,
Physical Sciences


Dr Hayley Green holds a PhD from the Department of Anatomy, University of New South Wales (2008), where she investigated modern cranial shape differences across the globe using Geometric (3D) Morphometrics. Dr Green also holds a BSc (Hons) from UNSW and a BSc (Anatomy and Histology) from USYD. It was during her undergraduate degree that her passion for human anatomy and forensic anthropology began.

Dr Green has a keen interest in seeking and promoting engaging and active learning methods in human anatomy, particulary at a first year tertiary level.  As a result of her efforts to engage first year students in the discipline of anatomy using innovative active learning techniques, Dr Green received a University Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2015.

Dr Green's primary research passion is in the discipline of Forensic Anthropology. Dr Green's interests are in modern skeletal variation and sexual dimorphism, and more recently, Forensic Taphonomy and time since death estimations in temperate Australian climates. Specifically, Dr Green is leading a research team in multidisciplinary and non-destructive methods of determining time since death at Western Sydney University to compliment forensic anthropological techniques.

At Western Sydney University, Dr Green is involved in the teaching and unit development of first year human anatomy and third year Forensic Anthropology, and more recently,led the development and implementation of the new industry co-developed and co-taught degree program BMedSc (Forensic Mortuary Practice) in collaboration with the Forensic and Analytical Sciences Service 9FASS) and the NSW department of Forensic Medicine.

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  • PhD University of New South Wales

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences (2019)
  • Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) (2009)
  • Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB) (2013)


  • Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Western Sydney University) 2015-12-18


  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Human skeletal variation
  • Taphonomy and PMI estimation
  • First year engagement and retention
  • Teaching and Learning in Human Anatomy

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Physical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences


  • School of Science Indigenous Strategy Committee


Phone: (02) 4620 3697
Location: 21.1.10

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300825 Introduction to Anatomy, 2016
  • 301120 Forensic Anthropology, 2016
  • 301120 Forensic Anthropology, 2017
  • 301120 Forensic Anthropology, 2018
  • 301120 Forensic Anthropology, 2019
  • 301120 Forensic Anthropology, 2020
  • 301126 Concepts in Human Anatomy, 2017
  • 301126 Concepts in Human Anatomy, 2018
  • 301126 Concepts in Human Anatomy, 2019
  • 301126 Concepts in Human Anatomy, 2020
  • 301127 Mortuary Practice, 2019
  • 301128 Advanced Mortuary Practice, 2019
  • 301128 Advanced Mortuary Practice, 2020
  • 301394 Mortuary Practice, 2020
  • 400881 Functional Anatomy, 2016
  • 400881 Functional Anatomy, 2017


Journal Articles

  • Green, H., Jabez, J. and Nelson, J. (2019), 'Optimizing parameters for the use of alternate light sources in detecting fragmentary bones : a pilot study', Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol 51, no S1 , pp 201 - 204.
  • Chikhani, M., Wuhrer, R. and Green, H. (2018), 'Optimization of sample preparation processes of bone material for Raman spectroscopy', Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol 63, no 6 , pp 1809 - 1812.
  • Green, H. and Dayal, M. (2018), 'A qualitative assessment of student attitudes to the use of body painting as a learning tool in first year human anatomy : a pilot study', International Journal of Anatomy and Research, vol 6, no 2.1 , pp 5134 - 5144.
  • Marhoff-Beard, S., Forbes, S. and Green, H. (2018), 'The validation of 'universal' PMI methods for the estimation of time since death in temperate Australian climates', Forensic Science International, vol 291 , pp 158 - 166.
  • Marhoff-Beard, S., Fahey, P., Forbes, S. and Green, H. (2016), 'Estimating post-mortem interval using accumulated degree-days and a degree of decomposition index in Australia : a validation study', Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol 48, no 1 , pp 24 - 36.
  • Curnoe, D. and Green, H. (2013), 'Vault thickness in two Pleistocene Australian crania', Journal of Archaeological Science, vol 40, no 2 , pp 1310 - 1318.
  • Green, H. (2010), 'A geometric morphometric approach to cranial variation of southeast Asians in a global context', Before Farming, vol 2013, no 1 .
  • Green, H. and Curnoe, D. (2009), 'Sexual dimorphism in Southeast Asian crania : a geometric morphometric approach', HOMO: Journal of Comparative Human Biology, vol 60, no 6 , pp 517 - 534.

Dr Green's expertise are in modern human skeletal variation and more recently, multidisciplinary methods of  time since death estimation in a temperate Australian climate. Dr Green is currently primary supervisor to postgraduate research in time since death estimation from soft tissue changes, factors affecting time since death estimations (taphonomy) in both porcine and human remains and non-destructive methods of determing time since death from skeletonised remains. A number of Dr Green's research projects are in collaboration with the Australian Facility for Taphonomic and Experimental Reseach (AFTER) and the Centre for Forensic Science, UTS.

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Current Projects

Title: The application of Microsoft HoloLens for Forensic Science Training and Proficiency Testing
  • The Mobile Apps Man
Western Researchers: Brenden Riley, Chris Lennard, Val Spikmans, Robert Ebeyan and Hayley Green
Years: 2021-07-28 - 2021-12-15
ID: P00027449
Title: An evaluation of the efficacy of different forensic methods commonly utilised to aid the forensic identification of human remains [via FASS]
  • Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency
Western Researchers: Hayley Green
Years: 2019-02-04 - 2022-02-03
ID: P00025442


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: A multidisciplinary approach to the forensic identification of skeletonised human remains.
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Determining an Accurate Method for Estimating the Post-Mortem Interval of Decomposed Remains Found in a Temperate Australian Environment
Field of Research: Biological Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified; Other Natural And Physical Sciences; Forensic Science
Thesis Title: An assessment of Raman spectroscopy for the estimation of postmortem interval from skeletonised remains
Field of Research: Natural And Physical Sciences
Thesis Title: An investigation of taphanomic changes and decomposition rates of remains after exposure to cold environments: A porcine model.
Field of Research: Natural And Physical Sciences

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