The people that work in forensic science have an obligation to be highly ethical, transparent in their work, and to dilligently practice good scientific practice and clearly communicate their results. I teach the importance not only of following the necessary steps to perform an effective investigation or analysis, but also the importance of the student developing their critical thinking skills and knowing where to find information, how to evaluate that information, and how to make an informed decision based on their understanding of the issues.
Good scientists are needed in this field to advance forensics to the level where it can withstand scientific scrutiny. My goal is to develop students to recognize the current issues in forensic science and challenge them to develop solutions.
I am a forensic scientist at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in the Forensic Services Division. I began my career here as a crime scene investigator in 2003, and began adding lab responsibilities by 2005. In 2011 I transferred fully to performing just lab functions, and no longer work in the field. I perform analyses in the areas of drug chemistry, fire debris, blood alcohol, and trace evidence.
Master's of Science in Forensic Science, Universtiy of New Haven, West Haven CT (2003)
Bachelor's of Science in Biology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE (1999)
FORSC505 Fundamentals of Crime Scene Investigation
FORSC506 Fundamentals of Evidence Processing
Fire Scene Investigation Seminar
Trace and DNA Evidence Seminar
Ballistics Trajectory Analysis Seminar
Technical / Scientific Working Group for Fires and Explosives Analysis – T/SWGFEX (2012-present)
Committee member: Fire Education and Training - lab (2012-present)
American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners Regular Member (2010-present)
Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers Member (2010-present)
Clandestine Laboratory Investigator Association Member (2009-present)
Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Regular Member (2007-present)
American Academy of Forensic Sciences Associate Member (2008-present)
Trainee Affiliate (2005-2007)
Student Member (2002-2005)
International Association for Identification Active Member (2003-2011)
Nebraska International Association for Identification Active Member (2003-present)
CERTIFICATIONS AND PERMITS
Certified ASCLD/LAB-International Technical Assessor (2012)
Qualified ASCLD/LAB-International Technical Assessor (2011)
Clandestine Laboratory Investigation Certification (2011)
International Association for Identification – Certified Crime Scene Analyst (2008)
International Association for Identification – Certified Crime Scene Investigator (2006)
State of Nebraska – Department of Health and Human Services – Class A Permit (2006)
Determine blood alcohol content using gas chromatography with a flame ionization detector.
State of Nebraska – Department of Health and Human Services – Class B Permit (2004)
Determine breath alcohol content using Infrared Absorption with the Datamaster cdm
State of Nebraska – General Notary Public – (2004)