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Kirstie Scott

PhD TITLE

"Applications of diatom analysis in forensic geoscience: developing a new technique for the comparative assessment of trace geological evidence"

MRes TITLE

"An investigation into the transferability and collection of diatom trace evidence from clothing: implications for the development of an independent analytical geoforensic technique"

PREVIOUS DEGREES

B.A. (Hons) Geography, University of Oxford (Hertford College)

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...

Blackburn, Lancashire

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC

The SECReT programme allows me to pursue my individual research interests in a dynamic environment where I can develop a multidisciplinary knowledge of Security and Crime Science. The programme also appealed to me due to its close connections with industry professionals and academics from different disciplines.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests are based on the forensic application of trace geological and environmental evidence to criminal investigation. I am specifically interested in assessing the spatial distribution of diatoms in a range of environmental scenarios, as well as the change in diatom evidence dynamics over time. My work is directed towards assessing the evidential value of diatom particulates to criminal investigation, due to both its natural abundance and its exotic nature as an ‘environmental indicator.’

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING

Meet with friends, visit a pub or two, travel the world, shopping, listen to music...

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS

I would like to pursue a career in industry in which I can apply my forensic research to improve the evidential value in the presentation, analysis, and interpretation of trace physical evidence.

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

I would like to work with a partner organisation interested in trace evidence dynamics, working alongside them on joint research ventures and benefiting from their expertise

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

Scott, K. R., Morgan, R. M., Jones, V. J., & Cameron, N. G. (2014). The transferability of diatoms to clothing and the methods appropriate for their collection and analysis in forensic geoscience. Forensic Science International, 241, pp. 127-137

Scott, K. R., Morgan, R. M., Jones, V. J., & Cameron, N. G. (2014). A reply to: "The transferability of diatoms to clothing and the methods appropriate for their collection and analysis in forensic geoscience." A response. Forensic Science International, In press

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

Oral Presentation: Scott, K.R., Morgan, R.M., Jones, V.J., Cameron, N.G. (2014). The forensic implications of diatom seasonality: directing a new technique for the ecological assessment of trace evidence in forensic geoscience. Forensic geoscience: future horizons, London, UK, 3rd December.

Oral Presentation: Scott, K.R., Morgan, R.M., Jones, V.J., Cameron, N.G. (2014). Forensic applications of diatom analysis: a ‘new’ technique for the assessment of environmental trace evidence. The changing face and pace of trace evidence: The Forensic Science Society annual autumn conference, Leicester, UK, 7th-8th November

Oral Presentation: Scott, K.R., Jones, V.J., Morgan, R.M., Cameron N.G. (2014). Forensic implications of diatom seasonality: the transfer and persistence of diatom particulates on clothing. British Diatom Meeting, Hay-on-Wye, Wales, UK, 24th-26th October Awarded John Carter prize for best postgraduate presentation

Poster Presentation: Scott, K.R., Morgan, R.M., Dudley, A., Jones, V.J., Cameron, N.G. (2014). Experimental considerations of the transfer and persistence of diatoms to clothing. 22nd International Symposium of the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Society, Adelaide, Australia, 31st August-4th September. Poster nominated for an award in the "Botany, Entomology, and Wildlife Forensics" session

Keynote Oral Presentation: Scott, K.R., Morgan, R.M., Jones, V.J., Cameron, N.G. (2014). The application of diatom analysis in forensic geoscience: developing a new technique for the comparative assessment of trace evidence. International Symposium of the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Society, Adelaide, Australia, 31st August-4th September

66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, USA (February, 2014)

Poster Presentation: Scott, K.R., Morgan, R.M., Jones, V.J., Cameron, N.G. (2013). An investigation into the transferability and collection of diatom trace evidence: implications for the development of an independent geoforensic analytical technique. Crime Time Conference, Huddersfield, UK, 4th-5th November

Oral Presentation: Scott, K.R., Jones, V.J., Morgan, R.M., Cameron N.G. (2013). 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

International Crime Science Conference, London, UK (July, 2013)

Forensic Europe EXPO Conference, London, UK (April, 2013)

Future Security Conference, Bonn, Germany (Sept, 2012)

FURTHER RESEARCH

Dudley, A., Scott, K.R., Morgan, R.M., Bull, P.A. (2014). An investigation into the tenacity of diatoms as a form of trace evidence and their application to forensic geoscience. Forensic geoscience: future horizons, London, UK, 3rd December

Diatom images presented in: Lowe, J.J., & Walker, M.J.C. (2014) Reconstructing quaternary environments. 3rd edition, Routledge.

Morgan, R.M., McCulloch, G., Scott, K.R., Jones, V.J., Cameron, N.G. (2013) Developing the forensic applications of the organic component of sediments. The 2nd International Conference of Engineering Geophysics, Al Ain, UAE, 24-27th November

Morgan, R.M., Scott, K.R., Ainley, J, Bull, P.A. (2011). Trace Materials on Footwear – Science or Ichnomancy? National Institute of Justice Trace Evidence Symposium, Kansas City, USA, 8th-11th August