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Abstracts and Programs

Forensic Geology Group (The Geological Society of London) 2006 Geoscientists at Crime Scenes Program and Abstracts (download the cover separately)

Forensic Geology Group (The Geological Society of London) 2008 Geoscientific Equipment & Techniques at Crime Scenes Program and Abstracts

3rd International Soil Forensics Conference 2010 link to abstracts

Symposium: Forensic soil science and geology: 5th International Conference on Criminal & Environmental Soil Forensics / Soil Forensic International (SFI-2016)
35th International Geological Congress, Cape Town, South Africa 27 August – 4 September 2016
    Complete Session Abstracts:
      Session T6.1 Forensic Soil Science and Geology.
      Session T6.2 History and Future of Forensic Soil Science and Geology / Recent Developments.
      Session T6.3 Forensic Soil Science and Geology: held in association with 5th International Conference on Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics .

3º Iberoamerican Seminar on Forensic Geosciences Conference
La Plata Argentina 2017 November 30th - December 1st
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Bergslien, E.T., Bush M. A. and Bush, P.J. (2008) Identification of cremains using x-ray diffraction spectroscopy and a comparison to trace element analysis, Forensic Science International, 175(2), 218 – 226. doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2007.07.004.

Bergslien, E.T. (2006) Teaching to Avoid the "CSI Effect." Keeping the Science in Forensic Science. Journal of Chemical Education, 83(5), 690-691.

Donnelly, L. J. (2011) The Renaissance in Forensic Geology. Teaching Earth Sciences. Magazine of the Earth Science Teachers' Association (ESTA), 36(1), 46-52.

Donnelly, L. J. (2010) The role of geoforensics in policing and law enforcement. Emergency Global Barclay media Limited, January 2010, 19-22.

Donnelly, L. J. & Harrison M. 2010. Development of geoforensic strategy & methodology to search the ground for an unmarked burial or concealed object. Emergency Global Barclay media Limited, July 2010, 30-35.

Donnelly, L. J. (2009) The Geological Search for a Homicide Grave. The Investigator, July/August 2009, 42-49.

Fitzpatrick R.W. and Raven M.D. (2012) How Pedology and mineralogy helped solve a double murder case: Using forensics to inspire future generations of soil scientists. Soil Horizons. 53 (5). doi:10.2136/sh12-05-0016.

Fitzpatrick R.W. (2011) Getting the dirt: The value of soil in criminal investigations. Gazette, Vol. 73, No 1, pp. 22-23. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police Publication.

Fitzpatrick R.W. (2009) Soil: Forensic Analysis. In Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science (Editors-In-Chief: A Jamieson and A Moenssens). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., The Atrium, Southern Gate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8SQ, United Kingdom. pp. 2377-2388.

Makarushka, Mary (2012) Got a Crime to Solve? Call in the Soil Scientists. Soil Horizons. 53 (5). doi:10.2136/sh2012-53-5-lf

Marumo, Yoshiteru (2001) Forensic Examination of Soil Evidence (a review) 13th INTERPOL Forensic Science Symposium, Lyon, France, October 16-19 2001. (Click on Blue "Review" link to download pdf file from site)

Murray, Raymond C. (2005) Collecting Crime Evidence from the Earth. Geotimes, January, 2005. American Geological Institute.

Pirrie, D., Donnelly, L.J., Rollinson, G.K., Butcher, A.R., Dawson, L.A. & Pirrie, H.A. (2013) Forensic geology at the International School Science Fair. Geology Today Vol. 29, No. 6, November–December 2013. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, The Geologists’ Association & The Geological Society of London. Data from this project is now available here

Sugit, Ritsuko; Yoshida, Hiroaki and Fukushima, Hirofumi (2010) Forensic Geology Review: 2007 to 2009 16th International Forensic Science Symposium Lyon, France, October 5-8 2010. (pdf file)



Bergslien, Elisa T. An Introduction to Forensic Geoscience (Google Books)

Di Maggio, R. M., Matteo Barone, P., Pettinelli, E., Mattei, M., Lauro, S., Banchelli, A. (2013) Geologia Forense. Introduzione alle geoscienze applicate alle indagini giudiziarie. Dario Flaccovio Editore. Italia. (Amazon)

Gradusova, O., Nesterina, E., Peleneva, M. (2014) Atlas of exotic, anthropogenic and extraneous particles in soil. Rusian Federal Centre of Forensic Science, Ministry of Justice, Moscow (in Russian) (pending).

Murray, Raymond C. Evidence from the Earth: Forensic Geology and Criminal Investigation (Google Books)

Pirrie, D., Ruffell, A., Dawson, L. (2013) SP384:Environmental Geoforensics. Geological Society of London Special Publication, 384, pp273. Publication Flyer

Pye, Kenneth Geological and Soil Evidence: Forensic Applications (Google Books)

Pye, Kenneth and Croft, Debra J. Forensic Geoscience: Principles, Techniques and Applications, Geological Society of London (Google Books)

Ritz, Karl; Dawson, Lorna and Miller, David Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics (Google Books)

Ruffell, Alastair and McKinley, Jennifer Geoforensics (Wiley)

Tibbett, Mark and Carter, David O. Soil Analysis in Forensic Taphonomy: Chemical and Biological Effects of Buried Human Remains (Google Books)



University of Kentucky researchers in collaboration with the International Union of Geological Sciences Collection of Forensic Soil Evidence (9:14 minute video)



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