Areas of expertise
BackgroundSophie 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.
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
- Forensic science providers
- Research institutions
- Commercial archaeology units
- Engineering and manufacturing companies
- Geology companies
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Analytical science companies
Articles In Journals
- Dicken L, Knock C, Beckett S & Carr DJ (2019) The effect of fabric mass per unit area and blood impact velocity on bloodstain morphology, Forensic Science International, 301 (August) 12-27.
- Dicken L, Knock C, Carr DJ & Beckett S (2019) Investigating bloodstain dynamics at impact on the technical rear of fabric, Forensic Science International, 301 (August) 142-148.
- Johnson V, Beckett S & Marquez-Grant N (2017) Differentiating human versus non-human bone by exploring the nutrient foramen: implications for forensic anthropology, International Journal of Legal Medicine, 131 (6) 1757-1763.
- Dicken L, Knock C, Beckett S, de Castro TC, Nickson T & Carr DJ (2015) The use of micro computed tomography to ascertain the morphology of bloodstains on fabric, Forensic Science International, 257 (December) 369-375.
- Breeze J, Carr DJ, Mabbott A, Beckett S & Clasper JC (2015) Refrigeration and freezing of porcine tissue does not affect the retardation of fragment simulating projectiles, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 32 77-83.
- Greenwood C, Rogers K, Beckett S & Clement J (2013) Initial observations of dynamically heated bone, Crystal Research and Technology, 48 (12) 1073-1082.
- Greenwood C, Rogers K, Beckett S & Clement J (2012) Bone mineral crystallisation kinetics., Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 23 (9) 2055-2060.
- Rogers K D, Jones B, Roberts L, Rich M, Montalto N & Beckett S (2011) Composition of uroliths in small domestic animals in the United Kingdom, Veterinary Journal, 188 (2) 228-230.
- Beckett S, Rogers KD & Clement JG (2011) Inter-species variation in bone mineral behavior upon heating, Journal of Forensic Sciences, 56 (3) 571-579.
- Rendle DF, Rogers KD & Beckett S (2011) Ambient-temperature powder diffraction data for benzocaine hydrochloride and a monoclinic polymorph of benzocaine base, Powder Diffraction, 26 (3) 277-279.
- Rogers K, Beckett S, Kuhn S, Chamberlain A & Clement J (2010) Contrasting the crystallinity indicators of heated and diagenetically altered bone mineral, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 296 (1-2) 125-129.
- Beckett S, Hatton M & Rogers K (2008) The discovery and analysis of a urinary calculus from an Anglo-Saxon burial in Sedgeford, Norfolk, Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP), XLV 379-409.
- 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.