I am a Lecturer in Forensic Bioscience at the School of Natural Sciences & Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University. My research interests lie in the study of the natural environment pertaining to scenes of crime or forensic interest. Despite my past interests in the forensic study of pollen and soil mineralogy (quartz grain surface texture analysis), my current focus is on the role of diatoms and other types of algae as trace evidence indicators in freshwater crime scene environments.
Any forensic event happens in a certain place at a certain time and I am interested in using environmental microscopy to answer such questions as: when, why, how, and what happened during a crime?; Can we exclude a suspect from a crime scene using existing geographical reconstruction techniques?; How can we improve our understanding of environmental trace evidence dynamics?
During my research career, I have developed new techniques in the field of forensic limnology and diatom analysis. This has led to a broader interest in aquatic forensics (i.e. those crime scenes in and around water) and environmental trace evidence applications. I hold a PhD in Environmental Forensic Science (UCL), an MRes in Security and Crime Science (UCL), and an honorary MA in Geography (University of Oxford).