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Hester Miles

Developing analytical Blood Pattern Analysis (BPA) techniques for environmentally altered bloodstains; and examining the range and influence of visualization methods available for BPA presentation in the context of jury decision making.

FIRST DEGREE

BA Geography, University of Oxford

MRes Security and Crime Science, UCL

PREVIOUS JOBS

N/A

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...

London, England

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC

To pursue research opportunities in the field of Forensic science, more specifically fluid forensics and blood pattern analysis (BPA).

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Forensic science, provenance and persistence of trace evidence, fluid forensics, blood pattern analysis (BPA), crime scene reconstruction, the psychology of juror decision making and use of visualization methods in presenting complex scientific evidence in the courtroom environment.

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING

Travel, play sports including hockey, present a weekly Sub-Saharan African music show on student radio.

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS

To be able to utilise my specific forensic expertise to regional security and crime related problems in Sub-Saharan Africa, possibly in the context of humanitarian crimes.

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

A global organisation with a focus on tackling criminal networks alongside individuals behaviour.

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

"The influence of fabric surface characteristics on satellite bloodstain morphology". March, 2013. Science & Justice. (In Review)

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Successful completion of IABPA Approved Basic Blood Pattern Analyst Training Course (40+hr training), with Miami Dade Police Department. March 2011.

Provisional Member of IABPA (International Association of Blood Pattern Analysts).

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

European Security Conference. Stockholm, Sweden. September 2009.

National Environmental Crime Conference. UCL. October 2009.

3rd European IABPA conference. Lisbon, Portugal. May 2010. 

4th International Crime Science Conference "Driving Science Into Policy". UCL. July 2010. 

5th International Crime Science Conference "Security at the Technology Frontier". UCL. July 2011. 

Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science Seminar, London. July, 2011: Delivered seminar on "Science & Practice of BPA" to an academic audience.

IABPA Annual Conference. Tucson, Arizona. October 2012. Delivered presentation on "Developing the analysis of Environmentally Altered Bloodstains".

UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, London. February, 2013. Delivered lecture on "The importance of evidence dynamics to interpretation of pattern evidence: Blood Pattern Analysis".

School of Geography, OUCE, University of Oxford, Oxford. March, 2013. Delivered lecture on "The importance of evidence dynamics to interpretation of pattern evidence: Blood Pattern Analysis".