Contact Dr Sophie Beckett

Areas of expertise

  • Structures and Materials


Sophie became a Chartered Chemist in 2011. She gained her PhD from Cranfield University in 2009 and has an MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science from University College London. Her undergraduate degree was a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, which she gained from Durham University.

Current activities

Sophie is a Lecturer in Forensic and Archaeological Biominerals within Cranfield Forensic Institute. She teaches on the Forensic MSc Programme and is the module leader for Mass Fatality Incidents.

She undertakes practical fieldwork in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. She also undertakes biomineral analysis commercial work using a range of techniques including X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and micro-computer tomography (CT).

Sophie is a team member for Kenyon International Emergency Services Inc. with whom she has worked in Thailand, in February and June 2005, and in the UK, in January 2008 and May 2010. She is also a member of the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project.

Research Interests include:

  • Forensic and archaeological biominerals
  • Bone mineral composition, structure, chemistry and its variation
  • Dental calculus
  • Urinary stones
  • Fragmentary and commingled human remains
  • Osteometrics


  • Forensic science providers
  • Research institutions
  • Commercial archaeology units
  • Engineering and manufacturing companies
  • Geology companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Analytical science companies


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Vachirawongsakorn V, Marquez-Grant N, Painter J, Beckett S & Greenwood C (2018) Taphonomic processes of chop marks in terrestrial and buried environments: A micro-CT and stereo-microscopic study [poster]. In: Taphos-Nomos 2018, School of Forensic and Applied Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 2-4 November 2018.


  • Beckett S (2012) 7. Other scientific methods related to victim identification. In: Forensic ecology handbook: from crime scene to court. Marquez-Grant N, Roberts J, (ed.), Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, ed. 1.