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Senior Lecturer in Geosciences, Keele University

Apart from research-led teaching, I undertake collaborative research with forensic colleagues at Keele University and with other UK and global University researchers, as well as with commercial partners and search practitioners. We look to both locate and characterise a variety of near-surface buried objects, which can vary from detecting utility pipes and abandoned mines, to locating environmental contamination and forensic objects of interest. Forensic objects of interest are many, from weapons used in crimes to unmarked graves in church graveyards and clandestine graves of murder victims. This varied role keeps Masters and PhD student busy and brings together multi-disciplinary research teams from different institutions to solve difficult real-world problems.
I am a member of K-PAC (Keele Policing Academic Collaboration Research Group) and both the Near-Surface Geophysics and Forensic Geoscience Speciality Sub-Groups of the Geological Society of London, a not-for-profit organisation whose aims are to improve knowledge and understanding of the Earth, promote science education, awareness, professional excellence and ethical standards for the public good.

Experience

  • 2006–present
    Senior Lecturer in Geosciences, Keele University
  • 2005–2006
    PDRA, Liverpool University
  • 1998–2002
    TA/RA, Heriot-Watt University

Education

  • 2012 
    Keele University, MA in Teaching & Learning in HE
  • 2003 
    Heriot-Watt University, PhD
  • 1996 
    Royall Holloway University of London, BSc Geology

Publications

  • 2020
    Geophysical monitoring of simulated homicide burials for forensic investigations, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-64262-3
  • 2020
    Testing application of GIS, forensic geomorphology and ERT to investigate suspected clandestine grave sites in Colombia, South America, https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.14168
  • 2019
    Wildlife crime: use of geoscience surveys and geophysics to assist badger sett investigations, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2018.10.026
  • 2019
    The search for “Fred”: an unusual vertical burial no-body case, https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.14035
  • 2018
    GPR and electrical resistivity surveys to detect & characterise a Spanish Civil War mass burial, Northern Spain, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2018.03.034
  • 2018
    Geophysical assessment of illegally buried toxic waste for a Legal Enquiry: A case study in Northern Ireland, UK, https://doi.org/10.1080/15275922.2018.1519740
  • 2018
    Geophysical investigations of WW2 UK air-raid shelters, https://doi.org/10.1080/15740773.2018.1583472
  • 2017
    Multidisciplinary investigations at P.O.W. Camp 198, Bridgend, S. Wales: Site of a mass escape in March 1945, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15740773.2017.1357900
  • 2017
    The use of geoscience methods for aquatic forensic searches, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.04.012
  • 2017
    Determining geophysical responses from burials in graveyards and cemeteries, https://doi.org/10.1190/GEO2016-0440.1
  • 2016
    Discovery of a mass grave from the Spanish Civil War using GPR and forensic archaeology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.05.040
  • 2015
    Detecting and characterising of Black Death burials by multi-proxy geophysical methods, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.04.010
  • 2012
    The use of geoscience methods for terrestrial forensic searches, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2012.05.006
  • 2010
    Electrical resistivity survey to search for a recent clandestine burial of a homicide victim, UK, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.04.023

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Geologist by the Geological Society of London

Research Areas

  • Other History And Archaeology (2199)
  • Soil Sciences (0503)
  • Physical Geography And Environmental Geoscience (0406)
  • Geophysics (0404)
  • Geology (0403)

Honours

2012 William Smith Fund Award by the Geological Society of London