Liverpool Skylilne

Natural Sciences and Psychology

Miss Kirstie Scott

Miss Kirstie Scott

Telephone: 0151 231 2753

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Biography

My research interests lie in the study of the natural environment pertaining to scenes of crime or forensic interest. I am particularly focused on forensic ecology and the examination of environmental indicators (soil, pollen, diatoms etc.) following their transfer and persistence as forensic trace evidence. My broader interests include trace evidence analysis, aquatic ecology, evidence interpretation, and environmental change.

I am a Lecturer in Forensic Bioscience at LJMU and teach on a diverse range of Biology, Forensic Science, and Forensic Anthropology BSc and MSc modules including Forensic Bioscience, Wildlife Forensics, Trace Evidence Analysis, Forensic Microscopy, Forensic Science, and Forensic Science Research Methods..

Degrees

2017, University College London, United Kingdom, PhD, Environmental Forensic Science
2013, University College London, United Kingdom, MRes, Security and Crime Science
2011, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, M.A. (Oxon), Geography

Publications

Journal Articles

Scott KR, Morgan RM, Jones VJ, Dudley A, Cameron NG, Bull PA. 2017. The Value of an Empirical Approach for the Assessment of Diatoms as Environmental Trace Evidence in Forensic Limnology Archaeological and Environmental Forensic Science, 1 :49-78

Levin EA, Morgan RM, Scott KR, Jones VJ. 2017. The transfer of diatoms from freshwater to footwear materials: An experimental study assessing transfer, persistence, and extraction methods for forensic reconstruction Science & Justice, >DOI

Scott KR, Morgan RM, Jones VJ, Cameron NG. 2017. The transferability of diatoms to clothing and the methods appropriate for their collection and analysis in forensic geoscience Forensic Science International, 241 :127-137 >DOI

Internet Publications

Scott KR. 2016. How microscopic algae are helping forensic teams catch criminals

Editorials and letter to the editor

Scott KR, Morgan RM, Jones VJ, Cameron NG. 2015. Reply to A. Dragutinovic, 'A reply to: The transferability of diatoms to clothing and the methods appropriate for their collection and analysis in forensic geoscience Forensic sci. Int. 241 (2014) 127-137' FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 247 :E26-E27 >DOI >Link

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

Conference name: Forensic Geoscience: Future Horizons, Position: Organising Committee

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: Aquatic ecology in forensic science and crime reconstruction, Conference title: Forensic Archaeology, Anthropology, & Ecology Symposium, Place/location of conference: London, UK, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Diatoms in forensic geoscience: an investigation into the transfer and collection of aquatic and terrestrial diatoms from clothing for use in forensic investigation., Conference title: British Diatom Meeting, Place/location of conference: The Lake District, UK, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Forensic implications of diatom seasonality: the transfer and persistence of diatom particulates on clothing, Conference title: British Diatom Meeting, Place/location of conference: Hay-on-Wye, Wales, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The application of diatom analysis in forensic geoscience: developing a new technique for the comparative assessment of trace evidence., Conference title: International Symposium of the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, Place/location of conference: Adelaide, Australia, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Forensic applications of diatom analysis: a ‘new’ technique for the assessment of environmental trace evidence., Conference title: The changing face and pace of trace evidence: The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Annual Autumn Conference, Place/location of conference: Leicester, UK, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The forensic implications of diatom seasonality: directing a new technique for the ecological assessment of trace evidence in forensic geoscience., Conference title: Forensic Geoscience: Future Horizons, The Geological Society, Place/location of conference: London, UK, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The use of optical techniques for the analysis of diatom traces in forensic investigation, Conference title: Inter/Micro conference, McCrone Research Institute, Place/location of conference: Chicago, Illinois, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Developing the techniques available for the collection and analysis of forensic trace evidence in freshwater crime scene environments, Conference title: National Institute of Justice Impression Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium, Place/location of conference: San Antonio, Texas, US, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The transfer and persistence of diatom particulates on clothing: forensic implications for the analysis of aquatic trace evidence, Conference title: 7th European Academy of Forensic Science conference, Place/location of conference: Prague, Czech Republilc, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Examining the temporal variation of diatoms as trace evidence indicators: implications for forensic ecology., Conference title: International Symposium of the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, Place/location of conference: Auckland, New Zealand, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: A multidisciplinary approach to the collection and analysis of aquatic trace evidence from clothing exhibits, Conference title: International Symposium of the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, Place/location of conference: Auckland, New Zealand, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Recommendations for the forensic investigation of freshwater crime scene environments., Conference title: International Symposium of the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, Place/location of conference: Auckland, New Zealand, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Other invited event:

Title of event: Aquatic forensic geoscience, Location: University College London, Description: Invited lecture

Title of event: Environmental forensic science, Location: University of Portsmouth, Description: Invited lecture

Title of event: Biological analyses of soils, sediments, and earth surface materials in forensic geoscience., Location: The University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, Description: Invited lecture

Title of event: Diatoms as environmental indicators in forensic science, Location: UCL Environmental Change Research Centre, Description: Invited lecture

Title of event: Environmental forensic science: The case for diatom analysis, Location: The University of Central Lancashire, Description: Invited lecture

Public engagement:

Venue/location: Reading, UK, Title of the activity: Institute of Environmental Sciences Soapbox Science, Type of activity: Demonstration, Audience type: Wider public, Your role in the activity (e.g. organiser, invited speaker, participant etc.): Invited Speaker

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: Associate Fellow (Higher Education Academy)