Prof Martin Evison

Director of Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science (NUCFS) and Professor of Forensic Science
Department: Applied Sciences

Professor Martin Evison joined Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science (NUCFS) as Director and Professor of Forensic Science in September 2010.

HLS Martin Evison Staffprofile 255Professor Martin Evison joined Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science (NUCFS) as Director and Professor of Forensic Science in September 2010. Immediately prior to taking this post he was Director of the Forensic Science Programme at the University of Toronto, Canada, where he had worked since 2005.

Martin graduated in Genetics from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1982. Following postgraduate study and travel in New Zealand and Australia, he completed six years of professional employment as a systems analyst working in local government, finance, distribution and manufacturing. He returned to academia in 1992, completing an MSc in Environmental Archaeology and a PhD in Ancient DNA at Sheffield University, where he joined the Department of Forensic Pathology. There he led a research group investigating molecular and computational approaches to human identification; he also practised as the regional forensic anthropologist. He has given expert evidence on forensic archaeology and anthropology, facial identification and the potential for innocent transfer of DNA; and contributed to human rights abuse investigations in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and the Balkans.

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BSc Genetics
MSc in Environmental Archaeology
PhD in Ancient DNA

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Martin’s research has encompassed ancient and forensic low-template DNA analysis, anthropological genetics, computational forensic facial reconstruction and forensic facial comparison. He presently combines these interests in biometric and genetic investigations of natural variation in face shape. He continues to be interested in the application of information technology to improve procedure, governance, quality and cost effectiveness of business and administrative processes relevant to the forensic science sector.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Martin’s research has been funded by the Royal Society, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK), the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Technical Support Working Group (USA), the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (USA), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) and the University of Toronto Connaught Programme (Canada).

Current/Recent Projects

NSERC (Canada) Research Tools and Instruments—Category 1. Scanning electron microscope for high resolution imaging. Applicant: Dr. R. Reisz (Toronto). Co-Applicants: Dr. M.P. Evison and 4 others. 2009. £60K

SSHRC MCRI (Canada). The Law’s Use of Science. Applicant: Dr. M.P. Evison (Toronto) and 13 co-applicants from seven universities. Period of award: 2009-10. 2009. £12K.

Key Publications

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