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Kirstie Scott

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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

Research Presented at the National Institute of Justice and FBI Trace Evidence Symposium (2011): “Trace materials on footwear – Science or Ichnomancy?”

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

Crime Time: Advances in Temporal Forensic Investigations conference, Huddersfield, UK (November, 2013)

British Diatom Meeting, Lake District, UK (October, 2013)

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

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

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