Prof David Hawksworth
Professor David L. Hawksworth CBE | BSc (hons), PhD, DSc, FD(hc), FCSFS, FRSB, CBiol, FLS.
Professor Hawksworth has over 50 years' experience in mycology (study of fungi), and now applies this discipline to criminal and civil forensic cases. Since 2007, he has been commissioned by ten UK police forces for criminal investigations, including 18 cases of murder. He is an expert witness, and has given evidence in high profile murder and rape trials. He is Editor-in-Chief of two international journals and has a very extensive publication record, including writing and editing over 50 books. He is an active researcher, and has contributed substantially to the forensic science peer-reviewed literature.
He works closely with Professor Patricia Wiltshire, and contributes the mycological aspects of forensic ecology, at crime scenes and in the laboratory and, in particular, the fungal components of palynological preparations. He is currently an Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, a Scientific Associate at The Natural History Museum London, and a Visiting Professor of Birkbeck University of London, the University of Southampton, and Jilin Agricultural University in China. He was the last Director of the International Mycological Institute (Kew and Egham), and recently retired as a Research Professor in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
04-May-2017Rare fungal spores enhance probative evidence in forensic palynology