I am an Alaskan scientist, specifically a neuroscientist (PhD) with special expertise in forensic science. Establishing Matanuska Forensic Science LLC, I aim to offer local requesting agencies with quality consultancy, principally criminal behavioral profiling, forensic neuroscience (neurolaw) and bloodstain pattern analysis. Given my experience, background, affiliations, skill sets and insight, I can provide strong scientific support to effectively facilitate your investigative and/or legal casework.
I am a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI) (member # 33079), the world’s oldest and largest forensic association, and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA) (member # 4647), along with these other professional affiliations.
Alaska business license # 2092067
Forensic Services in Alaska
There are gaps in forensic science services offered in Alaska. Consequently, Alaskan requesting agencies often must resort to using ‘outside’ Lower 48 sources for analysis of evidentiary samples, which may be untimely and unfeasibly costly. Similarly, scientific consultancy may be lacking locally. Given my expertise, I offer strong scientific support to uniquely fill some of these gaps in accordance with the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (figure below).
Requesting agencies: Please feel free to contact me. I appreciate your input and look forward to working with you.
Research Culture in Forensic Science
The scientific method involves iteratively testing hypotheses using various techniques and this systematic approach applies to forensic disciplines without exception. Corroborating experts recognize the need to commit to a culture of research  to fortify how cogent forensic science is conducted [1, 2], issues which remain outstanding locally too.
While having basic scientific knowledge is necessary for a forensic scientist, it is not sufficient to ensure empirical rigor. My tacit knowledge as an experienced researcher uniquely contributes to my own forensic consultancy.
1. Mnookin J., Cole S., Dror I., Fisher B., Houck M. et al. 2011. The need for a research culture in the forensic sciences. 58 UCLA L Rev 725.
2. Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, 2009. National Research Council. National Academies Press.
Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC)
OSAC arose as an initiative by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice to strengthen forensic science in the United States. OSAC is a collaboration of forensic science practitioners and related experts who represent state and federal agencies as well as private industry. NIST established OSAC to support the development and implementation of consensual forensic science standards and guidelines, ensuring a rigorous scientific basis for each discipline.