Anna Sandiford

Dr Anna Sandiford is a forensic science consultant and expert witness. She is also Director of The Forensic Group Ltd, a scientific consultancy based in New Zealand with an extensive national and international networks of experts upon whom to call. She has been been involved with forensic science since 1998 in both the UK and New Zealand and has assisted with cases throughout New Zealand, the UK, Channel Islands and Cayman Islands. Her areas of forensic expertise include alcohol, drugs, drug driving, drug traces, footwear/sockprints, glass and pollen (palynology). She is one of a handful of forensic pollen experts worldwide and is involved with an international team that provides environmental forensic services to police and intelligence agencies, particularly in the UK.

While we weren’t looking… - Forensic Scientist

Apr 06, 2010

It’s been quiet on the Forensic Scientist blog front the past few weeks, largely because of a computer glitch that took over.  But we’re up and running again now.  Only to find that we turn our backs for five minutes and there’s all sorts going on out there. We note from the USA that the San [...]

Vampire forensics and how we deal with the dead - Forensic Scientist

Mar 19, 2010

The science of vampires was tested not long ago (Justification for the existence of vampires) and now National Geographic has actually made a program that investigates the possibility that a vampire was buried in a mass grave in Italy: the lady in question was found with a brick between her jaws, apparently a common method [...]

Blood from babies: filling the DNA databases - Forensic Scientist

Mar 15, 2010

The state of forensic science in the USA has caused concern for some time and was even given centre stage at the recent American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual conference entitled, “Putting Our Forensic House in Order: Determining Validation and Expelling Incompetence” (see earlier post). Unfortunately, until things get into gear, trouble will continue. Not [...]

Burglary science - Forensic Scientist

Feb 23, 2010

Burglars are apparently more likely to wear Reebok Classic trainers than other brands of training shoe. This is one of the findings of a recent scientific study of the running shoes of choice used by burglars in the English county of Northamptonshire. These results tie in nicely with my own (professional) experiences of [...]

DNA, Peter Gill and the CSI Effect - Forensic Scientist

Feb 17, 2010

I’ve been preaching for some time now about the problems that programs like CSI cause regarding the general perception of the capabilities of forensic science – and look, here is one of the world’s foremost DNA scientists and pioneers of DNA in forensics saying exactly the same thing, specifically about DNA: CSI no relevance to real [...]