Forensic Ecogenomics

Forensic Ecogenomics

The Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Contexts

1st Edition - February 10, 2018

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  • Editor: Theresia Ralebitso-Senior
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128096093
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128093603

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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


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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 258
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: February 10, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128096093
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128093603

About the Editor

Theresia Ralebitso-Senior

T. Komang Ralebitso-Senior is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at Liverpool John Moores 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 in Forensic Science, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

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