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The Time of the Crime: Temporal Soil Forensic Science

1997 …2023

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Work includes using Geology in forensic sciences, both in the search for hidden objects (bodies, buried materials) and in trace evidence analysis.

I currently supervise three PhD students. 1.  Ben Rocke (crime scene mapping and sampling); 2. Amy Lally (Deglaciation in Iceland); 3. Amy O'Keefe (Multi-proxy Spatial Approach to Mapping Water)


Research Statement


  • Geoforensics Impact Statements in UK Government Research Excellence Framework (2014 and 2021).
  • Published over 170 peer-reviewed papers and one book.
  • Completed ~200 consultancy projects, mainly on Geoforensics.
  • Collaborative projects in 10 countries worldwide, Training Officer for the IUGS-funded Initiative on Forensic Geology
  • Teaching includes geology, geomorphology, GIS, climate change, field classes throughout the UK, Ireland, Mediterranean, Geoforensics, Masters in Climate Change.


- Non-destructive analysis for landscape, forensic, archaeological, geological and geomorphological research.

- Triassic climate change.

- Forensic research. Multiproxy methods (remote sensing, geophysics, landscape interpretation) for the search of buried and sunk items. Trace evidence analysis methods for criminal investigations.

- Consultancy for engineering companies, the police and environment agencies and the Independent Commission for the Recovery of Victims Remains.


GGY1007 Earth Fire and Ice

GGY2002 Landscapes & Geographic Information Systems

GGY3049 Geoforensics

The Science of Climate Change (Masters)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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