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 Ecology

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 but are also involved in cases of wildlife crime. Our forensic ecology services cover the following specialisms: botany, diatom analysis, entomology, geology and soils, pollen analysis (or palynology), isotope analysis including carbon dating.

Cellmark’s scientists are happy to provide telephone advice and respond rapidly to any required scene attendance in the UK and abroad. 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.

Forensic Ecology

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