Dr Kirstie Scott

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

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 the development of molecular protocols for environmental analysis in forensic science.

I am a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Bioscience at LJMU and teach on a diverse range of Biology, Forensic Science, and Forensic Anthropology undergraduate and postgraduate modules including Forensic Bioscience, Wildlife Forensics, Trace Evidence Analysis, 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

Journal article

Scott KR, Jones VJ, Cameron NG, Young JM, Morgan RM. 2021. Freshwater diatom persistence on clothing II: Further analysis of species assemblage dynamics over investigative timescales Forensic Science International, 326 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Scott KR, Jones VJ, Cameron NG, Young JM, Morgan RM. 2021. Freshwater diatom persistence on clothing I: A quantitative assessment of trace evidence dynamics over time. Forensic Science International, 325 :110898-110898 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Morgan RM, Scott KR, Ainley J, Bull PA. 2019. Journey history reconstruction from the soils and sediments on footwear: An empirical approach Science and Justice, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Scott KR, Morgan RM, Cameron NG, Jones VJ. 2019. Freshwater diatom transfer to clothing: Spatial and temporal influences on trace evidence in forensic reconstructions Science and Justice, DOI Author Url Public Url

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 DOI

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 Author Url Public Url

Scott KR, Morgan RM, Jones VJ, Cameron NG. 2014. 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 Author Url Public Url

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 Author Url

Conference publication

Morgan R, McCulloch G, Scott K. 2013. Developing the forensic applications of the organic component of sediments 2nd International Conference on Engineering Geophysics,

Morgan R, McCulloch G, Scott K. 2013. Developing the forensic applications of the organic component of sediments 2nd International Conference on Engineering Geophysics, DOI

Conference presentation:

Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS) of diatom and bacterial DNA: a new approach for freshwater trace evidence analysis, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Oral presentation. 2021

Diatom DNA: development of a novel MPS protocol for trace evidence analysis, 22nd Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS 2020), Oral presentation. 2020

Integrating microscopy with multiple molecular markers to enhance the exclusionary analysis of freshwater forensic samples, 22nd Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS 2020), Oral presentation. 2020

The recovery of diatom traces from external human tissues – implications for forensic taphonomy in freshwater environments, 22nd Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS 2020), Oral presentation. 2020

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

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. 2016

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 2014

Forensic implications of diatom seasonality: the transfer and persistence of diatom particulates on clothing, British Diatom Meeting, Hay-on-Wye, Wales, Oral presentation. 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. 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. 2013

Other invited event:

Forensic ecology - the case for diatom analysis, Staffordshire University, Invited lecture (2019). 2019

Environmental forensics - research and casework, University of Huddersfield, Invited lecture (2019). 2019

Forensic geoscience in aquatic environments, University College London, Invited lecture (2018). 2018

Forensic palynology, University College London, Invited lecture (2018). 2018

Aquatic forensic geoscience, University College London, Invited lecture (2017). 2017

Environmental forensic science, University of Portsmouth, Invited lecture (2017). 2017

Environmental forensic science: The case for diatom analysis, University of Central Lancashire, Invited lecture (2017). 2017

Diatoms as environmental indicators in forensic science, UCL Environmental Change Research Centre, Invited lecture (2016). 2016

Biological analyses of soils, sediments, and earth surface materials in forensic geoscience., The University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, Invited lecture (2016). 2016

Editorial boards:

Forensic Science International: Synergy, Editorial Board, https://www.journals.elsevier.com/forensic-science-international-synergy. 2018

Public engagement:

Reading, UK, Institute of Environmental Sciences Soapbox Science, Demonstration, Wider public, Invited Speaker. 2016

Teaching qualification:

Associate Fellow (Higher Education Academy). 2016

Conference organisation:

Forensic Geoscience: Future Horizons, Organising Committee. 2014

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