Forensic Plant Science
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Forensic Plant Science

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Forensic botany is the application of plant science to the resolution of legal questions. A plant's anatomy and its ecological requirements are in some cases species specific and require taxonomic verification; correct interpretation of botanical evidence can give vital information about a crime scene or a suspect or victim. The use of botanical evidence in legal investigations in North America is relatively recent. The first botanical testimony to be heard in a North American court concerned the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby boy and the conviction of Bruno Hauptmann in 1935. Today, forensic botany encompasses numerous subdisciplines of plant science, such as plant anatomy, taxonomy, ecology, palynology, and diatomology, and interfaces with other disciplines, e.g., molecular biology, limnology and oceanography.

Forensic Plant Science presents chapters on plant science evidence, plant anatomy, plant taxonomic evidence, plant ecology, case studies for all of the above, as well as the educational pathways for the future of forensic plant science.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 226 pages
  • 191 x 235 x 15.24mm | 950g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 012801475X
  • 9780128014752
  • 2,117,905

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Forensic Plant Science
Chapter 2. Suitability of Forensic Plant Science Evidence for Courtroom Presentations
Chapter 3. Sources for Forensic Plant Science Evidence
Chapter 4. Forensic Plant Anatomy
Chapter 5. Cases Using Evidence from Plant Anatomy
Chapter 6. Forensic Plant Taxonomy
Chapter 7. Cases Using Evidence from Plant Taxonomy
Chapter 8. Forensic Plant Ecology
Chapter 9. Cases Using Evidence from Plant Ecology
Chapter 10. Additional Approaches in Forensic plant Science
Chapter 11. Bringing It All Together
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About Jane H. Bock

Dr. Bock is a Professor emerita in biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her bachelor's degree from Duke University, master's degree from Indiana University and Ph.D. (1966) from the University of California at Berkeley. All her degrees are in Botany. She taught, carried out research and published scientific work in population ecology and forensic botany at Boulder for over 30 years. Officially retired from teaching, she continues to do research as a forensic botanist and serve as an expert witness for the defense or the prosecution in homicide cases. She also lectures and continues to publish regularly. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and was a founding member of both Necrosearch Ltd and the Ecology Section of the Botanical Society of America. Dr. David Norris has done research in environmental endocrinology and neuroendocrinology for more than 50 years. Dr. Norris is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado. He received his bachelor's degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and his Ph.D. in 1966 from the University of Washington. Dr. Norris has worked in the area of forensic botany with Dr. Jane H. Bock, since 1982, primarily on developing the use of plant cells in the gastrointestinal tract to aid in homicide investigations. Dr. Norris and Dr. Bock have been involved in investigations in numerous states as well as throughout the State of Colorado. Dr. Norris has been certified as an expert witness in this area for the State of Colorado. With Dr. Bock, Dr. Norris also has consulted on other botanical evidence for criminal investigations. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in 2014.
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