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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)
- 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
The Science of Climate Change (Masters)
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R6395ARL: Fragility and sustainability in restricted island environments: adaption, cultural change and collapse in prehistory
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A new exposure of the North Curry Sandstone Member (Dunscombe Mudstone Formation, Mercia Mudstone Group: Carnian, Triassic), near Taunton, Somerset (UK): the location of Charles Moore’s vertebrate specimens resolvedDawson, G. J., Burley, S. D., Ruffell, A., Benton, M. J. & Duffin, C. J., 11 Jul 2022, (Early online date) In: Proceedings of the Geologists' Association. 28 p.
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Ruffell, A. & Powell, N., 09 Oct 2021, (Early online date) In: Forensic Sciences. 1, 3, p. 130-137
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Ruffell, A., Rocke, B. & Powell, N., Jul 2023, In: Journal of Forensic Sciences. 68, 4, p. 1379-1385 7 p.
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Pringle, J. K., Ruffell, A., Wisniewski, K. D., Davenward, B., Heaton, V. & Hobson, L., 17 Jun 2023, (Early online date) In: Forensic Science International: Reports. 100324.
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Alastair Ruffell (Peer reviewer)31 Aug 2020
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Laura Basell (Organiser), Michael O'Mahony (Organiser), Jonathan Small (Organiser), Kirsten Cottey (Organiser), Lauren Carberry O'Neill (Organiser), Adam Purvis (Organiser), Georgia Vince (Organiser), Dan Clarke (Host), James Perkins (Contributor), Alastair Ruffell (Contributor), Stine Carlsson (Contributor), Barrie Hartwell (Contributor) & Tomasz Ciesielski (Presenter)19 May 2018
Activity: Other activity types › Hosting a school group or open day
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