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Applications of diatom analysis in forensic geoscience: developing a new technique for the comparative assessment of trace geological evidence.
Forensic geoscience is concerned with the analysis of various environmental particulates in order to compare and exclude evidential samples from a common source, or to identify an unknown provenance in a criminal investigation. Current geoforensic enquiry primarily focuses upon the value of such techniques as palynology, quartz grain surface texture analysis, bacterial profiling, and assessment of the geochemical components of soils and sediments. Diatom analysis is, comparatively, an underused method within forensic geoscience, which has masses of potential to provide an independent ecological assessment of trace evidence.
K.R. Scott, R.M. Morgan, V.J. Jones, N.G. Cameron (2014). The transferability of diatoms to clothing and the methods appropriate for their collection and analysis in forensic geoscience. Forensic Science International (in press)
Diatom images presented in: J.J. Lowe, M.J.C. Walker. Reconstructing quaternary environments. 3rd edition (2014) Routledge.
Conference Oral Presentation: K.R. Scott, R.M. Morgan, V.J. Jones, N.G. Cameron. Diatoms in forensic geoscience: an investigation into the transfer and collection of aquatic and terrestrial diatoms from clothing for use in criminal investigation. UCL Environmental Change Research Centre seminar series, 6th February 2014
Conference Poster Presentation: K.R. Scott, R.M. Morgan, V.J. Jones, N.G. Cameron. An investigation into the transferability and collection of diatom trace evidence from clothing: implications for the development of an independent geoforensic analytical technique. Crime Time: Advances in Temporal Forensic Investigations, Huddersfield, UK, 4th-5th November 2013
Conference Oral Presentation: K.R. Scott, R.M. Morgan, V.J. Jones, N.G. Cameron. Diatoms in forensic geoscience: an investigation into the transfer and collection of aquatic and terrestrial diatoms from clothing for use in criminal investigation. British Diatom Meeting, Lake District, UK, 25th-27th October 2013
R.M. Morgan, G. McCulloch, K.R. Scott, V. Jones, N. Cameron. Developing the forensic applications of the organic component of sediments. The 2nd International Conference of Engineering Geophysics, Al Ain, UAE, 24-27th November 2013
R.M. Morgan, J. Ainley, K.R. Scott, P.A. Bull. Trace Materials on Footwear – Science or Ichnomancy? National Institute of Justice Trace Evidence Symposium, Kansas City, USA, 8th-11th August 2011
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