Chemistry and Forensic Science Colloquium

Forensics Seminar: Student research makes a difference: forensic geophysics controlled research and casework

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As part of the School of Science and Technology Chemistry and Forensic Science Colloquium Dr Jamie Pringle, Keele University presents: Student research makes a difference: forensic geophysics controlled research and casework.

  • From: Wednesday 30 January 2019, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 30 January 2019, 2 pm
  • Location: CTLP06, Clifton Teaching and Learning Building, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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Event details

As part of the School of Science and Technology Chemistry and Forensic Science Colloquium Dr Jamie Pringle, Keele University presents: Student research makes a difference: forensic geophysics controlled research and casework.

Abstract

The use of forensic geoscientific techniques and methods in the search for clandestinely buried objects is increasing, as locating forensically important materials is crucial for criminal and civil convictions to proceed. Current best practice search methods suggest a phased approach, moving from large-scale remote sensing methods to ground reconnaissance and control studies before full searches are initiated.

Near-surface geophysical methods rely on there being a detectable physical contrast between the target and background (or host) materials. These have been used to locate clandestine graves in a number of criminal search investigations, some of which will be reported here.  Geophysical surveys collected over simulated burials have also been undertaken to collect control data, both to predict anomalies and to assist interpretation, although responses vary both temporally after burial and between different study sites.

This presentation will show examples of both, and of how student-led collaborative research has made a real difference to pushing forward this field of forensic geophysics recently.

This seminar is hosted by Jennifer Miller

All welcome.

For any queries please contact Dr Matthew Addicoat

Location details

Room/Building:

CTLP06, Clifton Teaching and Learning Building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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