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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

The value of botany, palynology, mycology & pedology in criminal investigation Seminar

18 February 2015
Shackleton Building 44, Lecture Theatre B

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Nathaniel O'Grady at N.O' .

Event details

Over about the last twenty years, disciplines such as botany, zoology, mycology, and soil science, have contributed greatly in criminal investigations where molecular, and other more conventional methods, fail to help enquiries. Frequently, the natural sciences provide the only forensic evidence in a criminal investigation. Like all biological studies, findings are probabilistic but the complexity, yet clarity, of results invariably obviate the need for statistical analysis. An outline of the approaches used in a number of criminal investigations will be given, with case histories to demonstrate how quantitative and other data have helped to gain convictions in serious crime.

Chaired by Professor Tony Brown

Speaker information

Dr Patricia Wiltshire, University of Aberdeen. Department of Geography and Environment

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