My PhD focussed on the utility of archive and real-time orbital multispectral imagery for the detection of clandestine mass graves, specifically in temperate environments, using spatial variations in vegetation stress as indicators of disturbance. This was undertaken through experimental studies using foot and mouth mass graves containing animal remains and human mass graves in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The studies were long term (decadal) investigations that observed and detected phenological differences at varying mass grave sites using dense time-series of orbital multispectral imagery. It was found that variations in vegetation stress, derived through vegetation indices, could be used to locate areas of disturbance indicative of a mass grave over a decadal time frame. The research also highlighted the importance of the spatial resolution of the orbital platform in relation to the extent of the mass grave.
For many years, I have aspired to be a university lecturer in forensic science and specifically forensic anthropology. Throughout my PhD, I worked alongside Bournemouth’s forensic staff, demonstrating during forensic anthropology practical sessions. Following this I was employed as an Associate Lecturer in forensic anthropology at the University of Lincoln. Most recently, I joined Plymouth Marjon University, initially as a Visiting Lecturer, before being offered a role as Lecturer in Forensic Science in August this year. I am currently Module Lead for five subjects, two of which are new for the academic year 20/21 and am also working with the team to prepare the degree for accreditation.