Rosie Everett has been a contract Forensic Ecologist with Alecto Forensics since April 2019 and joined the company full time in 2021. Her primary role within Alecto Forensics is to provide ecological support to major crime investigations, with a focus on the micro and macro composition of environmental samples as a direct comparative to scenes and exhibits.
She has worked closely with a number of UK police forces in investigations of major crime and has used her exposure to standard crime scene investigation techniques to develop a collaborative approach in optimising forensic ecological potential with standard practice within UK police forces (e.g. vehicle fibre tapings to extract micro flora and flora assemblages).
As part of this work, Rosie has developed and optimised techniques in sampling and surveying, laboratory processing, analysis and photography of key micro and macro flora and fauna used in investigations – with a primary focus on pollen and diatom analysis, as well as soil characterisation (based on inorganic profiles).
Rosie’s development into Forensic Ecology stems from a strong background in geoarchaeology and environmental archaeology, derived from a BA Hons in Archaeology in which her research was awarded the British Soil Sciences Undergraduate Research of the year.
Rosie not only continues to develop as a contract Geoarchaeologist within the UK construction industry, but also as doctorial researcher (PhD achieved September 2021) in conventional environmental analysis of landscape, as well as more nuanced techniques in this discipline such as ancient sedimentary DNA.
Her cross-discipline knowledge has not only allowed her to develop key techniques in forensic ecological investigation for UK heritage crime (in collaboration with Historic England), but has also allowed her to develop a broad understanding of British ecological niches that provide a framework for forensic ecological investigation.