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Patricia Wiltshire

Prof Patricia Wiltshire

Forensic Ecologist, Botanist and Palynologist

Professor Patricia Wiltshire had a career of 34 years at London University (King’s College and University College) in teaching and research in ecology, with special emphasis on botany, palynology, and soil science. She worked as an environmental scientist in archaeology, and this culminated in her setting up an M.Sc. at UCL in Forensic Archaeological Science. Over the last 24 years, she has devoted herself to developing and establishing the “niche” sciences of forensic ecology, botany, and palynology, and in recent years has been developing forensic mycology with her colleague and husband, Professor David Hawksworth CBE. Forensic mycology is now established as yet another science in the forensic armoury.

She has worked on very many high profile criminal cases in the UK; she is an experienced expert witness, and has given evidence in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Eire. She has worked with all the police forces in Britain as well as in Eire and the Channel Isles. She has lectured extensively to police forces and at the police training centres. She has contributed to 250 criminal cases, including the Soham Murders, Millie Dowler Murder, Ipswich serial murders, and the Sarah Payne murder. She has also worked extensively with the Police Service of Northern Ireland on cases involving the IRA.

She has worked closely with police, solicitors, and Queen’s Counsels for both prosecution and defence cases, and is an experienced expert witness. She lectures worldwide in her area of expertise and continues to publish in peer-reviewed journals, and textbooks. She is on the editorial board of Forensic Science International, and is actively involved in research. She is a visiting professor at both the University of Southampton, and the Agricultural University of Jilin, China. She is a research associate at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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