Forensic Ecogenomics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128093603

Forensic Ecogenomics

1st Edition

The Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Contexts

Editors: T. Komang Ralebitso-Senior
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128093603
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st March 2018
Page Count: 300
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Description

Forensic Ecogenomics: The Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Contexts provides intelligence on important topics, including environmental sample provenance, how to indicate the body decomposition timeline to support postmortem interval (PMI) and postmortem submersion interval (PMSI) estimates, and how to enhance identification of clandestine and transit grave locations. A diverse group of international experts have come together to present a clear perspective of forensic ecogenomics that encapsulates cutting-edge, topical and relevant cross-disciplinary approaches vital to the field.

Key Features

  • Considers the effects of decomposition on bacterial, fungal and mesofaunal populations in pristine ecosystems
  • Examines the role of the microbiome, necrobiome and thanatomicrobiome in postmortem interval estimations
  • Focuses on the application of different analytical techniques across forensics to enhance/expand the crime scene investigation toolkit
  • Written by a wide range of international experts in their respective fields

Readership

Forensic, crime scene and biological researchers; microbial ecologists; academics, upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students in forensic ecogenomics

Table of Contents

1. General Introduction: method applications at the interface of microbial ecology and forensic investigation
2. Forensic Taphonomy
3. The method debate: a state-of-the art analysis of PMI estimation techniques
4. Implications of the investigative animal model
5. The role of the microbiome in PMI estimation
6. What is the “thanatomicrobiome” and what is its relevance to forensic investigations?
7. Assessing subsurface decomposition and potential impacts on forensic investigations
8. From experimental work to real crime scenes and the courts
9. Summary: an assessment of achievements, limitations and potential of Forensic Ecogenomics

Details

No. of pages:
300
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2018
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Hardcover ISBN:
9780128093603

About the Editor

T. Komang Ralebitso-Senior

T. Komang Ralebitso-Senior is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology and former Program Leader for BSc(Hons) Biological Sciences in the School of Science & Engineering at Teesside University, UK. She has studied at the City University of New York, the University of Natal (South Africa), and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She held post-doctoral positions at the BioMEMS Laboratory of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Oxford. Komang is a STEM Ambassador and member of the Society for Applied Microbiology and the International Society for Microbial Ecology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University, UK