- SERVICE OVERVIEWExpertise and experience
- ANTHROPOLOGYHelping to determine the identity of the deceased
- ARCHAEOLOGYThe search, location and recovery of human remains or buried evidence
- ECOLOGYRecovery and analysis of plants, insects and soils from scenes of crime
- DVIDisaster victim identification
- SAMSSearch Assessment & Mapping service
Every investigating officer should be able to properly collect, preserve and effectively use such evidence.
Forensic ecology is the recovery and analysis of human remains, plants, insects, soils and other particulates from scenes of crime and can be vital in proving or excluding contact between a suspect and a scene, targeting search areas, establishing a time and place of death and identifying the deceased.
Every investigating officer needs to understand these evidence types so that they are able to properly collect, preserve and effectively use such evidence.
Cellmark scientists are predominantly involved in homicide cases. Our forensic ecology services cover the following specialisms: botany, diatom analysis, entomology, geology and soils, pollen analysis (or palynology), isotope analysis including carbon dating and wildlife crime. This range of evidence types is often used in trials and its value is now well established in UK courts.
Cellmark’s team of scientists is based at two sites providing comprehensive coverage of the UK and abroad. We are happy to provide telephone advice and respond rapidly to any required scene attendance. In addition to our listed services, we are available for consultation regarding any other case that might seem to feature ecology-based evidence types. Training courses in forensic ecology awareness and disaster victim identification (DVI) can also be tailored.
In recognising the complexity of specialist evidence collection and analysis in modern major investigations, Cellmark provides a comprehensive forensic ecology service that answers the needs of UK and foreign police services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.