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Expert in Forensic Archaeology, Human Remains Recovery, Pollen and Soil Evidence, Fingerprint Evidence

Expert ID: 730689 New Jersey, USA

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I have trained and practiced as a forensic archaeologist from 2002-2010 in the United Kingdom and from 2010-present in the USA. My master's research enabled me to develop a protocol for enhancing fingerprints left in blood on textiles and my PhD research was in traditional archaeology, in the field of ancient fingerprints. I have worked on a number of cases involving homicide, mass casualties, post blast recovery, and missing persons. I have extensive excavation and recovery experience. I have also assisted legal professionals in deciphering and questioning expert witness statements. I also conduct field exercises for law enforcement as well as teach university courses, write grants, and conduct research.

I was contacted by a solicitor's firm in the UK to read and comment on an experts report. I was asked to attend the trail and consult with the barrister to provide questions for cross-examination. My involvement lead to the expert being cross-examined for four days.I was consulted by a city crime scene unit as to types of alternative types of evidence that could be utilized. I instructed them in the use of soil, pollen, and entomological evidence which they have since started using routinely and to great success. I have been contacted with requests fise and have leveraged my extensive network of international contacts to match the need with the right expert.I have provided forensic consultation for television producers and crime writers.I am regularly contacted by schools, museums, and other educational organizations to consult on the development of forensic activities for the public.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Newark, New Jersey - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Trenton, New Jersey - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Allentown, Pennsylvania - Baltimore, Maryland

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2002 Degree: MSc Subject: Forensic Archaeological Science Institution: University College London
Year: 2002 Degree: AB Subject: Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology Institution: Bryn Mawr College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2012 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Instructor Department: Responsibilities: Provides continuing professional development courses for law enforcement employees which have include human remains recovery in both clandestine grave and mass fatality settings.
Years: 2012 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Instructor Department: Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice Responsibilities: She teaches a 3-course sequence in forensic science that covers the theory, public policy, and regulation of forensic science as well as a range of forensic methods and techniques.
Years: 2010 to 2012 Employer: Rutgers University Title: Grant Facilitator Department: Arts & Sciences Responsibilities: • Aid in the preparation, drafting, and editing of grant applications.
• Facilitate a Faculty Writing Group to support writing activities across the College of Arts & Sciences
• Provide writing guides and produce resource materials
Years: 2004 to 2012 Employer: Forensic Outreach Title: Forensic Archaeologist Department: Responsibilities: • Provide forensic training for police, scenes of crime, science teachers, and barrister CPD.
• Advise law enforcement regarding excavation of buried items, body recovery, & fingerprinting enhancement.
• Organize and facilitate forensic science educational programs for secondary school students.
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: University College London Title: Research Centre & Course Administrator Department: Faculty of Laws Responsibilities: • Manage and maintain three research centers (Institute for Human Rights, Centre for Ethics & Law, and the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals).
• Aid in the preparation of research funding proposals.
• Provide administrative support to seven members of academic staff.
Years: 2002 to 2004 Employer: Univeristy College London Title: Programme Director Department: UCL Forensic Science Outreach Programme Responsibilities: • Organize and facilitate a forensic science summer school for secondary school students.
• Teach a 6-week series of lectures on a variety of forensic science topics to gifted and talented secondary school students.
• Recruit secondary schools in the London area to be involved in forensic science programs.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Employer: Hunter Research Title: Assistant Archaeologist Department: Responsibilities: • Excavation of site, mapping, paperwork, artifact processing.
• Supervise field technicians.
• Facilitate public outreach programs & greet site visitors.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2002 to 2010 Country / Region: United Kingdon Summary: I lived and worked in the UK for nearly 9 years. During this time I worked with a number of UK police forces, UK barristers, government offices, and was based at a UK university.
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: Portugal Summary: I provided a day of forensic activities for an American high school based in Lisbon.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Society for American Archaeology
Association for Women in Forensic Science
Fingerprint Society
NJ Association of Forensic Scientists
NJ Homicide Investigators' Association
American Association of University Women
Forensic Archaeology Recovery
Ancient Fingerprint Society
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Appointments
AWIFS, advisory board
FAR, board of directors
Publications and Patents Summary
She has 4 publications and one book on forensic archaeology in production.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
I have worked with UK defense barristers to interpret and question expert witness statements for the benefit of cross-examination. I have facilitated professional development seminars for lawyers on effectively questioning forensic evidence. I have written professional opinions and forensic reports for court and have trained to appear as an expert witness.
Training / Seminars
I have developed a very extensive catalog of training seminars and field exercises for law enforcement and others. Most recently I ran a 2-day forensic archaeology field exercise and I am currently developing a full scale post blast / mass casualty exercise.
Vendor Selection
I have sourced supplies and vendors for archaeology and evidence collection supplies.
Marketing Experience
I am very connected to the UK forensic industry and changes taking place in forensic accreditation and regulation. I am also connected to the UK fingerprint practitioner community. In the USA, I am involved in trends in forensic archaeology, women in forensic science, best practice standards, and trends within higher education.
Other Relevant Experience
I am able to comment on environmental evidence (soils and pollen). I can consult on grave location and search and recovery. I am especially capable at reviewing reports / statements for cross-examination. I am also able to help with grant writing and grant reviewing.

Fields of Expertise

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