Dr Jodie Coulston
I am a Lecturer in Forensic Studies at the University of Portsmouth and my expertise involves fingermark development and the use of microscopy and analytical methodologies to understand the visualisation of fingermarks. As part of my MChem research I completed an outreach project, which involved engagement with police forces and forensic laboratories nationwide and internationally. I completed my PhD research at the University of Leicester, which was jointly supported by the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (now Dstl). My thesis incorporated the use of analytical and chemical methodology to decipher the underlying chemistry behind the current technique - Physical Developer (PD). The success of this research was evident in the optimisation of PD, which I would like to analyse through psuedo-operational trials.
I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2014, with a MChem degree (1st) in Chemistry with Forensic Science, before going on to complete a PhD in Forensic Chemistry in collaboration with the Home Office at the University of Leicester.
I taught chemistry at the International Study Centre in Leicester and I was a course tutor for several modules on the distance learning MSc Forensic Science and Criminal Justice at the University of Leicester.
In 2017, I administrated the 'Identification Network' which included hosting a collaborative conference with academic, industry and government institutions.
I am now a Lecturer in Forensic Studies at the University of Portsmouth.
My research interests include
- Fingermark visualisation - development (on various surfaces) and understanding of current and novel techniques
- Chemistry of fingerprints
- Microscopic analysis of fingermarks
- The use of analytical methods to understand fingermark visualisation methods
I am the module coordinator for Forensic Science and Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation and I teach on the following undergraduate modules:
- Skills for Criminologists
- Research Criminology
- Intro to CSI and Forensic Science
- Forensic Science
- Techniques of Scientific Investigation
- Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation