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Kelly Cheshire

Me and Rubes

MRes/PhD TITLE
The evaluation of analytical chemistry techniques for forensic provenance and interpretation of soil/sediment samples.

PREVIOUS DEGREE
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science.
MRes Security and Crime Science.

PREVIOUS JOBS
120 hour placement with West Midlands Police Forenisc Unit - here I had the opportunity to work in central submissions, ballistics, digital forensics and crime scene analysis.

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...
Telford, Shropshire.

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC
After the completion of my undergraduate dissertation I wanted to pursue research in forensic geoscience while incorporating a multidisciplinary aspect which the UCL SECReT course allows me to do.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
I am interested in analytical chemistry techniques such as XRF, ICP-MS, ICP-AES, IRMS, QEMSCAN and others and how they may be applied to the analysis of geological, anthropogenic and other environmental trace materials. In my MRes/PhD project I will be testing these techniques in order to establish to what degree they can be effectively distinguish between samples taken from a discrete location and assessing samples of mixed provenance. In particular I will be trying to discriminate between particulate materials that are contributed pre-, syn- and post- forensic event in order to identify a more accurate route history for a suspect, victim or artefact with a specific focus on the historical illicit trafficking cases of nuclear materials.

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING
Baking, exercise at the gym, watch films (action/comedy/horror), read graphic novels or books with a crime/thriller genre and play computer games.

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS
To continue research into the use of analytical chemistry techniques in a forensic context, either in industry or academia.

WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM
I am currently funded by AWE Plc and ESPRC but would invite any other organisations or professionals to get in contact if they are interested in my research area.

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
None to date.

CONFERENCES ATTENDED
Spring Conference - "Document Examination: More than just handwriting analysis", Menzies Strathallan Hotel, Birmingham, 4th April 2011.
7th Security Research Conference, Future Security, Bonn, Germany, 4-6th September 2012.
Forensics Europe Expo and Counter Terrorism Expo, London, April 24-25th 2013.
7th International Crime Science Conference, London, 16th July 2013.