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Conference Outputs


A book has been produced, published by Springer, based upon the keynote presentations plus additional chapters derived from selected offered contributions.

The final programme and Book of Abstracts can be downloaded here.



1. "Soils ain't soils". Context and issues facing soil scientists in a forensic world. James Robertson.

2. Expert scientific evidence in court: the legal considerations. Derek P. Auchie.

3. Some thoughts on the role of probabilistic reasoning in the evaluation of evidence. Colin G.G. Aitken.

4. Microbial community profiling for the characterization of soil evidence: forensic considerations. George F. Sensabaugh.

5. The current staus of forensic soil examination in the Russian Federation. Olga Gradusova and Ekaterina Nesterina.

6. Characterisation and discrimination of urban soils: preliminary results from the Soil Forensics University Network. Andrew R. Morrisson, Suzzane M. McColl, Lorna A. Dawson, Mark J. Brewer.

7. Environmental considerations for common burial site selection after pandemic events. Anna Williams, Tracey Temple, Simon J. Pollard, Robert J.A. Jones, Karl Ritz.



8. A systematic approach to soil forensics: criminal case studies involving transference from crime scene to forensic evidence. Rob W. Fitzpatrick, Mark D. Raven, Sean T. Forrester.

9. Forensic ecology, botany and palynology: some aspects of their role in criminal investigation. Patricia E.J. Wiltshire.

10. Sediment and soil environmental forensics: what do we know? Stephen Mudge.

11. Petrography and geochemical analysis for the forensic assessment of concrete damage. Isabel Fernandes, Maarten Broekmans, Fernando Noronha.

12. Tracing soil and groundwater pollution with electromagnetic profiling and geo-electrical investigations. Kristine Martens, Kristine Walraevens.



13. Locating concealed homicide victims: developing the role of geoforensics. Mark Harrison and Laurance J. Donnelly.

14. Geological trace evidence: forensic and legal perspectives. Antoinette Keaney, Alastair Ruffell, Jennifer McKinley.

15. New observations on the interactions between evidence and the upper horizons of the soil. Ian Hanson, Jessica Djohari, Jennifer Orr, Patricia Furphy, Claire Hodgson, Georgina Cox, Gemma Broadbridge.

16. The forensic analysis of sediments recovered from footwear. Ruth M. Morgan, Jeanne Freudiger-Bonzon, Katharine Nichols, Thomas Jellis, Sarah Dunkerley, Przemyslaw Zelarowski.

17. Using soil and groundwater data to understand resistivity surveys over a simulated clandestine grave. John R. Jervis, Jamie Pringle, John Cassella, George Tuckwell.

18. Spatial thinking in search methodology: a case study of the 'No body murder enquiry', West of Ireland. Jennifer McKinley, Alastair Ruffell, Mark Harrison, Wolfram Meier-Augenstein, Helen Kemp, Conor Graham, Lorraine Barry.

19. Localisation of a mass grave from the Nazi era: a case study. Sabine Fiedler, Jochen Berger, Karl Stahr, Matthias Graw.



20. Research in forensic taphonomy: a soil-based perspective. Mark Tibbett, David O. Carter.

21. Can temperature affect the release of ninhydrin-reactive nitrogen in gravesoil following the burial of a mammalian (Rattus rattus) cadaver? David O. Carter, David Yellowlees, Mark Tibbett.

22. Taphonomic changes to the buried body in arid environments: an experimental case study in Peru. Robert C. Janaway, Andrew S. Wilson, Gerardo Carpio Diaz, Sonia Guillen.

23. Decomposition studies using animal models in contrasting environments: evidence from temporal changes in soil chemistry and microbial activity. Katherine L. Stokes, Shari L. Forbes, Laura Benninger, David O. Carter, Mark Tibbett.

24. Microbial community analysis of human decomposition on soil. Rachel A. Parkinson, Kerith-Rae Dias, Jacqui Horswell, Paul Greenwood, Natasha Banning, Mark Tibbett, Arpad Vass.



25. Analysis of soils in a forensic context: comparison of some current and future options. G. Stewart Walker.

26. Automated SEM-EDS (Qemscan ®) mineral analysis in forensic soil investigations: testing instrumental reproducibility. Duncan Pirrie, Matthew Power, Gavyn Rollinson, Patricia E.J. Wiltshire, Julia Newberry, Holly Campbell.

27. Rapid, reliable and reviewable mineral identification with infrared microprobe analysis. Brooke Weinger, John A. Reffner, Peter R. De Forest.

28. Preservation and analysis of three-dimensional footwear evidence in soils: the application of optical laser scanning. Matthew Bennett, David Huddart, Silvia Gonzalez.

29. Discrimination of domestic garden soils using plant wax compounds as markers. Robert W. Mayes, Lynne Macdonald, Jasmine M. Ross, Lorna A. Dawson.

30. Environmental forensic investigations: the potential use of a novel heavy metal sensor and novel taggants. Patricia Pollard, Morgan Adams, Peter K.J. Robertson, Konstantinos Christidis , Simon Officer, Gopala Prabhu, Kenneth Gow, Andrew R. Morrisson.

31. Separation and concentration of trace evidence from soils using a hydropneumatic elutriation trace evidence concentrator (TEC). Alvin J.M. Smucker, Jay Siegel.



32. Soils in forensic science: underground meets underworld. Andrew D. Barclay, Lorna A. Dawson, Laurance J. Donnelly, David R. Miller, Karl Ritz.



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Session 1 - Environmental Forensics

Session 2 - Criminal Forensics

Session 3 - Geoforensics

Session 4 - Geostatistics, Databases and GIS

Session 5 - Biological and Chemical Analytical Diagnostics

Session 6 - Taphonomy