Helen McMorris

Teaching Fellow

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I am currently a Teaching Fellow in forensic science with particular interests in fingermark development and wildlife crime. I am module leader for Forensic Human Identification (FOR205).

I completed my BSc (Hons) in Forensic Sciences in 2012 from Abertay University followed by 3 years working for the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) as a fingerprint examiner. I returned to Abertay to study for a PhD (part time) in 2015. My research is investigating the ability to improve the detection of human invovlement in cases of wildlife crime with particular focus on raptor persecution.

Teaching

I assist with the delivery of modules across the 4 year forensic science undergraduate programme including both lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals:

FOR103 - Introduction to Forensic Science, Practice and Techniques

FOR205 - Forensic Human Identification (Module Leader)

FOR301 - Special Topics in Forensic Biology

FOR304 - Forensic Trace Evidence

FOR312 - Scene Examination and Management

FOR403 - Interpretation and Presentation of Evidence

FOR411 - Honours Project

ELE006 - Global Change

ELE020 - Forensic Investigation

Research interests

My research interests are fingermark development and identification, and the use of forensic science techniques to investigate wildlife crime.

 

Funding

In 2015, I received a grant of £3,000 from the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

 

Esteem

I am an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences - the accreditation body for the forensic science programme at Abertay.

In 2018, I was invited to speak at the conference for the Forensics Europe Expo (FEE) in London - Europe's leading forensics event.

In 2017, I received the CSEye Award from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences for the best article published in CSEye magazine that year.

Knowledge Exchange

My PhD research involves consultation with representatives from the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) and the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU).

Conference presentations:

2018: Chartered Society for Forensic Sciences Autumn Conference and AGM

2017: Society for Wildlife Forensic Science (SWFS) - 3min Flashtalk

 

Outreach

As a STEM Ambassador, I am actively involved with various science based activities throughout the year, aimed at children of primary school age to encourage them to consider stuyding science at secondary school and to have a career in science.

In 2017 I gave a public talk about my PhD research at the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Loch of the Lowes in Dunkeld as part of their summer events programme.

Previously, I have helped to organise the forensic science input for outreach events such as school visits, the LIFT OFF to Success (LO2S) education programme, Dundee Science Week and Breakthrough Dundee.

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Research Output 2019 2019

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Environmental effects on magnetic fluorescent powder development of fingermarks on bird of prey feathers

McMorris, H., Sturrock, K. R., Gentles, D., Jones, B. J. & Farrugia, K. J., 31 Mar 2019, In : Science & Justice. 59, 2, p. 117-124 8 p.

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