BSc (Hons) MSc PhD FRAI (Cert FA-III) MCSFS PCIfA
Dr Deborah Ryder is a Lead Forensic Archaeologist and Ecologist with Alecto Forensics, accredited as a Forensic Archaeologist (PCIfA) with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Level III Forensic Anthropologist (Cert FA-III) certified by the Royal Anthropological Institute. Deborah is also a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (MCSFS) and has completed the National Disaster Victim Identification Foundation Course certified by UK DVI.
Since 2013, Deborah has worked on numerous cases for UK Police forces across the country, including: murder, suspicious and unexplained death, manslaughter, suicide, arson and mass fatalities. Deborah has diverse experience of crime scene attendance including: clandestine burials; scatter scenes; air accidents; fatal residential, commercial, vehicle and transportation fires; and building collapses.
Trained in forensic investigation, DNA analysis, human and comparative osteology, soil analysis and archaeological science, Deborah combined her interests for her PhD research which concentrated on the interactions of burial environments on decomposition, diagenesis and DNA degradation in human and animal remains. Deborah has also conducted anthropological and trauma assessment MSc research on victims from the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
More recently, Deborah contributes to the Crime Scene Investigators training courses; and participates in collaborative exercises with Disaster Victim Identification and Urban Search and Rescue teams, providing an forensic input.