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The non-human biological trace evidence of shallow graves

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

"A number of non-human biological traces are present in or around corpses shallowly buried in soil.

This project attempts to characterize the different types of traces, and inform on the role they can play in the forensic analysis of a crime scene. Which of these elements of evidence can help with estimations of time of death? Can some of these traces indicate provenance and therefore, help in investigations involving movement or translocation of corpses?

The student will be able to work with state of the art forensic taphonomy facilities in Europe and will gain training in a field of trace evidence expertise. A good background in invertebrate biology and reasonable numerical skills are essential requirements to apply to this project. If the candidate demonstrate knowledge of these topics there will be an interview with the supervisor/s once the application has been submitted.

Any question related to this project please contact the main supervisor. Please apply only as self-funded, there is no funding linked to this project.


Funding Notes

Experience in invertebrate biology and basic statistics, knowledge of statistical packages as R

At least 2 written references will be required from previous research project supervisors

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