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James French

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PHD TITLE

The transfer, persistence and secondary transfer of gunshot residue (GSR): Implications for crime reconstruction and forensic protocol studied using Bayesian modelling.

FIRST DEGREE

BA (Hons) Geography, University of Oxford

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...

Windsor, England

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC

The DTC encourages the application of research and expertise from a variety of different disciplines, to the understanding and tackling of real-world, security-related problems. In my case, this is enabling me to carry out research in forensic science which, with input from other disciplines, is aimed at developing novel approaches to trace evidence investigation and improving the accuracy of trace evidence interpretation. I also liked the idea of working with like-minded people from a range of different academic backgrounds.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests surround the transfer and persistence of trace physical materials, namely geoforensic materials such as silt and clay-sized particles, as well as gun-shot residue (GSR). My work is aimed at investigating and improving the accuracy of trace evidence interpretations in real world forensic scenarios, as well as facilitating the presentation of such evidence in a court of law. I am particlularly interested in the application of likelihood ratios and Bayesian networks to the interpretation of complex forensic evidence.

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING

Follow Chelsea FC and play football as much as possible, travelling and holidays (including skiing), reading, walking and keeping fit.

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS

To be involved in the investigation and detection of criminals in a manner which would involve gathering, analysing, interpreting and presenting (trace) evidence/intelligence collected at a range of geographical scales.

WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM

A partner organisation which could potentially provide solutions to methodological issues such as the speed at which samples (tapings) can be processed and analysed. Alternatively, a partner organisation which could provide me with further insights into, and practical experience in, the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of gunshot residue (GSR) evidence.

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

Morgan, R., French, J., O’Donnell, L., and Bull, P. (2010) “The reincorporation and redistribution of trace geoforensic particulates on clothing: An introductory study” Science and Justice 50(4) 195-199

French, J., Morgan, R., Baxendell, P., and Bull, P. (2011) "Multiple transfers of particulates and their dissemination within contact networks" Science and Justice - ARTICLE IN PRESS

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

The Fourth European Security Research Conference, Stockholm, 29-30th September 2009.

National Environmental Crime Conference 2009, British Library, 28th October 2009.

The Forensic Science Society Student Conference - 'Indelible Evidence', UWE, 12th December 2009.

The Fingerprint Society Annual Educational Conference 2010, London, 9-11th April 2010. Delivered research presentation entitled "The reincorporation and redistribution of trace geoforensic particulates on clothing".

2nd London and South East Student Forensic Conference, University of Westminster, 13th April 2011

International Crime Science Conference 2011, British Library, 13th July 2011. Poster presented entitled "The multiple transfer of trace particulates and gunshot residue (GSR): Evidence dynamics, investigative implications and interpretation using Bayesian networks".

BIT's 2nd Annual World Congress of Forensics 2011, Chongqing, China, 15-18th October 2011. Delivered research presentation entitled "Trace evidence dynamics and the secondary transfer of gunshot residue (GSR) ".