Zoe Cadwell

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Zoe Cadwell

Pointing the finger: applying extreme environment fingermark development to forensic archaeology

Fellowship

Focus

Improving forensic study by recovering fingerprint marks in buried evidence

Fellowship year

2019

Locality

South East

Biography

I am a lecturer in forensic studies at the University of Portsmouth. I teach across a range of forensic, investigative and academic topics. My Fellowship was related to the use of fingerprint evidence in extreme environments. The purpose was to investigate how finger marks are developed and visualised on evidence and how this may be adapted to criminal cases where burial is used by offenders to hide evidence. As such, I visited forensic practitioners and academics in the field of crime scene investigation, fingerprints and forensic archaeology in Australia and Canada. I have worked in the field of forensic science for over 20 years, both as a forensic practitioner and academic. This project is linked to my own casework and experiences in recovering forensic evidence from the burial environment and how we might better understand utilising this evidence in criminal investigations. As a result of my Fellowship, I have been working with other Fellows to build a 'Forensic Fellows' network group. In 2020 we held our first conference for making changes in the criminal justice system. I am developing my findings within my PhD and continue to develop the relationships with my hosts.

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Disclaimer

All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.

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