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Dr Douglas Alan Elliot

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Director Forensic Science Prog

Research | Current

Dr. Elliot holds a 50/50 appointment between the Forensic section of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR) and the University of Auckland. Thus, many of his research projects have direct practical applications in forensic science. His interests include the development of new methods for detecting and analyzing latent or trace evidence and the development of trace evidence databases to support statistical statements of the evidentiary value of a given observation.

Projects are linked to particular areas of forensic science.

  • Field Science
    Footprints, shoeprints and tyreprints can all be found at crime scenes and can assist in the identification of those present at the scene. Projects will investigate the enhancement of these prints and develop methods for identifying and cataloging them. The enhancement of fingerprints will also be investigated in collaboration with Dr Angela Lavis (ESR) and with the Fingerprints Section of the NZ Police. Dr. Elliot is also investigating the number and types of fibres found on a "typical person" to assist in interpretation of fibre-based evidence.
  • Forensic Biology
    Projects will investigate the permanence and susceptibility to degradation of trace biological evidence found at crimescenes.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Yuen, S. K., Taylor, M. C., Owens, G., & Elliot, D. A. (2017). The the reliability of swipe/wipe classification and directionality determination methods in bloodstain pattern analysis. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 62 (4), 1037-1042. 10.1111/1556-4029.13298
  • Ker, A. J. (2016). An in-depth evaluation of outlier trajectories present in impact patterns The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31553
  • Tung, N. D., Barr, J., Sheppard, D. J., Elliot, D. A., Tottey, L. S., & Walsh, K. A. J. (2015). Spherical photography and virtual tours for presenting crime scenes and forensic evidence in new zealand courtrooms. Journal of forensic sciences, 60 (3), 753-758. 10.1111/1556-4029.12736
  • Tung, N. D., Barr, J., Sheppard, D. J., Elliot, D. A., Tottey, L. S., & Walsh, K. A. J. (2015). Spherical Photography and Virtual Tours for Presenting Crime Scenes and Forensic Evidence in New Zealand Courtrooms. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 60 (3), 753-758. 10.1111/1556-4029.12736
  • Elliot, D. A., & Horswell, J. (2011). Crime Scene Examination. In I. Freckelton, H. Selby (Eds.) Expert Evidence (pp. ). North Ryde, N.S.W: LawBook Company.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18725
  • Morgan-Smith, R. K., Elliot, D. A., & Adam, H. (2009). Enhancement of aged shoeprints in blood. Journal of Forensic Identification, 59 (1), 45-50. Related URL.
  • Williams, E. M., Walt, S. E., Taylor, M., & Elliot, D. A. (2009). The Biomechanics of Blunt Force Trauma. Paper presented at International Association of Blood Pattern Analysis Training Conference, Portland, Oregon. 6 October - 9 October 2009.
  • Eberhardt, T. L., & Elliot, D. A. (2008). A preliminary investigation of insect colonisation and succession on remains in New Zealand. Forensic Science International, 176 (2-3), 217-223. 10.1016/j.forsciint.2007.09.010
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18588

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
23 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand