Liverpool Skylilne

Natural Sciences and Psychology

Dr Kirstie Scott

Dr 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

Academic appointments

Teaching Fellow (Forensic Science), University College London, 2016 - 2017

Publications

Journal article

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 publication

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

Editorial/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 presentation:

Aquatic ecology in forensic science and crime reconstruction, Forensic Archaeology, Anthropology, & Ecology Symposium, London, UK, Oral presentation 12/06/2017

Examining the temporal variation of diatoms as trace evidence indicators: implications for forensic ecology., International Symposium of the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, Auckland, New Zealand, Oral presentation 18/09/2016

A multidisciplinary approach to the collection and analysis of aquatic trace evidence from clothing exhibits, International Symposium of the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, Auckland, New Zealand, Oral presentation 18/09/2016

Recommendations for the forensic investigation of freshwater crime scene environments., International Symposium of the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, Auckland, New Zealand, Oral presentation 18/09/2016

The transfer and persistence of diatom particulates on clothing: forensic implications for the analysis of aquatic trace evidence, 7th European Academy of Forensic Science conference, Prague, Czech Republilc, Oral presentation 06/09/2015

Developing the techniques available for the collection and analysis of forensic trace evidence in freshwater crime scene environments, National Institute of Justice Impression Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium, San Antonio, Texas, US, Oral presentation 24/08/2015

The use of optical techniques for the analysis of diatom traces in forensic investigation, Inter/Micro conference, McCrone Research Institute, Chicago, Illinois, Oral presentation 08/06/2015

The forensic implications of diatom seasonality: directing a new technique for the ecological assessment of trace evidence in forensic geoscience., Forensic Geoscience: Future Horizons, The Geological Society, London, UK, Oral presentation 03/12/2014

Forensic applications of diatom analysis: a ‘new’ technique for the assessment of environmental trace evidence., The changing face and pace of trace evidence: The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Annual Autumn Conference, Leicester, UK, Oral presentation 07/11/2014

Forensic implications of diatom seasonality: the transfer and persistence of diatom particulates on clothing, British Diatom Meeting, Hay-on-Wye, Wales, Oral presentation 24/10/2014

The application of diatom analysis in forensic geoscience: developing a new technique for the comparative assessment of trace evidence., International Symposium of the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, Adelaide, Australia, Oral presentation 31/08/2014

Diatoms in forensic geoscience: an investigation into the transfer and collection of aquatic and terrestrial diatoms from clothing for use in forensic investigation., British Diatom Meeting, The Lake District, UK, Oral presentation 25/10/2013

Public engagement:

Reading, UK, Institute of Environmental Sciences Soapbox Science, Demonstration, Wider public, Invited Speaker 24/06/2016

Conference organisation:

Forensic Geoscience: Future Horizons, Organising Committee

Other invited event:

Aquatic forensic geoscience, University College London, Invited lecture

Environmental forensic science, University of Portsmouth, Invited lecture

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

Diatoms as environmental indicators in forensic science, UCL Environmental Change Research Centre, Invited lecture

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

Teaching qualification:

Associate Fellow (Higher Education Academy)