International acclaim for our forensic scientists

Forensic research students from the Environment Institute have been recognised across the world for their amazing research.

Research students Felicia Bardan from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) and Duncan Jardine from the Advanced DNA Identification and Forensics Faculty won prizes at the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) conference in Auckland. The ANZFSS brings together scientists, law enforcers, criminalists, pathologists and members of the legal profession to advance the quality of forensic science. Felicia won best poster for her presentation of historical DNA databases, while Duncan won best wildlife talk on illegally logged timber.

Meanwhile, all the way in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr Jen Young has been recognised as one of the top, young research scientists at 35th International Geological Congress (IGC). Dr Young won an award for her contribution to forensic geology and was subsequently invited to join the prestigious International Union of Geological Sciences- Initiative on Forensic Geology (IUGS-IFG). The chair of the IFG, Dr Laurence Donnelly, formally invited Dr Young to the committee, which aims to advance the application of geology in criminal investigations. The committee is comprised of academics, industry leaders, law enforcement agencies and forensic organisations from around the world.

Congratulations to Felicia, Duncan and Jen! You’re doing us proud!

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