FORENSIC GEOLOGY PANEL OF EXPERTS
Maureen Bottrell has been a Geologist and Forensic Examiner for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, Quantico, VA, for the past twelve years. She performs forensic analysis of geologic materials (such as soils, rocks, minerals, and gemstones)—and materials commonly made from them—like artificial rocks used as building materials, and glass. Maureen is the current chairman of the Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis (SWG-MAT), an international group of forensic scientists working to improve the analysis of fibers, glass, hairs, paints, and tapes. Prior to working for the FBI, she was employed for eight years in private industry performing environmental monitoring and providing litigation support.
Raymond Murray has been a Forensic Geologist for over 30 years—first as a professor and Chairman of the Geology Department at Rutgers University (NJ) and then as V.P. and professor of geology at the University of Montana. He has authored numerous books, including the first textbook on forensic geology in 1975, and most recently, Evidence from the Earth—Forensic geology and criminal investigation (Mountain Press, 2004). Ray's practical experience in the field includes, in part, service as long-standing Chairman of the Missoula (MT) Police Commission, a member of the Montana Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, and member of the Montana Board of Private Security Patrol Officers and Investigators.
Jim Reed has volunteered his time and expertise since 1991 with NecroSearch International, an organization that assists law enforcement agencies with crime scene assistance including the location of buried evidence and human remains. His expertise involves the application of computer-based geological and geophysical exploration methods that are based on fundamental geological concepts such as soil compaction, stratigraphic discontinuities, subsidence, and the soil gas geochemistry associated with decomposition. Jim is also the Founder and Director of Research & Development at RockWare Incorporated, a geological software company that maintains over 10,000 clients across every continent.
Bill Schneck is an Analyst in the Microanalysis section of the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory in Spokane, WA, where he works with explosives, fibers, soil, building materials, glass, paint, wood, paper, botanical traces, metals and inorganic unknowns, using polarized light microscopy, SEM-EDX and FT-IR. Bill is a member of the Crime Scene Response Team which involves on-scene analysis of violent crimes, and is Founder of Microvision Northwest-Forensic Consulting, Inc. He teaches workshops in forensic microanalysis and performs criminal and civil forensic examinations throughout the United States. Bill is also an adjunct instructor at Eastern Washington University's Forensic Science program.
Program Moderator, Elisa Bergslien, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and Science Education at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY. She teaches an upper-division elective course in forensic geoscience as part of the forensic chemistry program there. Elisa works on forensic use of X-ray diffraction equipment for small sample identification and will soon be published in Forensic Science International. She is a founding member of the Laboratory for Forensic Odontology Research based at the University at Buffalo. Her primary areas of research are contaminant hydrogeology and environmental science.