I am an Alaskan scientist, specifically a neuroscientist (integrated biology, PhD) with a diverse science background. Postdoctorally, my interest was captured by forensic science and I have since established my own local private consultancy.
Historically, I began as an analytical laboratory technician (Matanuska Experiment Research Station, Alaska) with a graduate internship. By experimentally manipulating photoperiod and light wavelength with variable chemical uptake, I altered plant behavior and morphology. This research earned my master’s degree (Alaska Pacific University). My background also included studying psychology alongside physical, chemical and biological sciences. Since Alaska has extreme day lengths, I was curious about how photoreceptors in the brain interpret light and circadian rhythm. Transitioning into neuroscience, my doctoral research (University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom) investigated the neurochemistry of neuronal processes descending from the brain to the spinal cord using innovative immunocytochemical, surgical and laser confocal microscopy techniques. My postdoctoral appointment entailed analyzing visual cognition using psychophysics.
My adjunct professorship (University of Alaska Anchorage, UAA) included teaching human anatomy and physiology laboratory to undergraduate students. Since returning home to Alaska, opportunities for scientists were increasingly scarce, so I planned strategically. Transitioning my career into forensics, I concurrently audited a law class, ‘Crime and Delinquency,’ connecting with faculty from UAA’s Justice Department as well as forensic psychiatrists and related legal experts throughout North America. Applying my unique skill sets, I specialized in bloodstain pattern analysis and forensic neuroscience to fulfill a niche in southcentral Alaska. Subsequently, I completed a graduate course in criminal behavioral profiling.
I am proud to be a life-long Alaskan, minus a few years in the United Kingdom, even having lived in relatively remote regions with really limited resources. Originally from Anchorage, I love exploring Alaska’s wilderness. I live in mid-town/downtown Anchorage near Valley of the Moon Park. I look forward to working with local requesting agencies.
Dr. Amy Du Beau
Established in 1451, the prestigious University of Glasgow (Scotland, United Kingdom) ranks within the top 80 worldwide. While Alaska is home, I regard the UK as my second home (and I had visited during my childhood too). If you happen to be a Harry Potter fan, you might recognize University of Glasgow because it is the inspiration for Hogwarts and scenes were filmed on site.
Alexandre Beaudoin | Forensic Scientist & Criminal Identification Division Manager at Surete du Quebec | International Association for Identification Board Member | Montreal, Quebec, Canada | http://alexandre.beaud0in.net/
Raymond Rozycki | Visual Information Specialist at Federal Bureau of Investigation | Forensic Artist | Federal Bureau of Investigation | Quantico, Virginia
Law Project for Psychiatric Rights | Attorney James B. Gottstein | Anchorage, Alaska | http://psychrights.org/
Recommended Reading List
In addition to an extensive/intensive array of forensic science related journals (re: research for my manuscript), I have read the following books, articles, etc. (Note: This cursory list is certainly not inclusive of my background reading. Rather, select titles are presented as a reference for readers of this website):
Du Beau, A., summer 2018. Forensic neurobiology underlying violent criminal behavior. ISBN 978-1-5342-0416-4, Glasstree Academic Publishing, 1-36.
Eagleman D., 2011. Incognito: The secret lives of the brain. Knopf Doubleday Publishing.
Godwin M., 2001. Criminal Psychology and Forensic Technology: A collaborative approach to effective profiling. CRC Press.
Henry C. Lee (multiple publications).
James H, Kish P, Sutton T.P., 2005. Principles of bloodstain pattern analysis: Theory and practice. CRC Press.
Journal of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, 2015. Official publication of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts. 21(2): 1-24.
Laboratory User’s Guide, 2018. Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory. Anchorage Alaska.
Malocco D., 2015. Approaches in criminal profiling: An Introduction. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
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.
Murphy E., 2015. Inside the cell: The dark side of forensic DNA.
Safarik, M., Ramsland, K., 2019. Spree killers: practical classifications for law enforcement and criminology.
Simon, L., 2002. Murder by numbers: perspectives on serial sexual violence.
Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, 2009. National Research Council. National Academies Press.
Wiltshire, P., 2019. The nature of life and death: tales of a forensic ecologist. Every body leaves a trace. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York.
Wolfe, J., 2011. Innovative techniques for collecting snow impression evidence. Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage.
LOCARD’S EXCHANGE PRINCIPLE. “Wherever he steps, whatever he touches, whatever he leaves, even unconsciously, will serve as a silent witness against him. Not only his fingerprints or his footprints, but his hair, the fibers from his clothes, the glass he breaks, the tool mark he leaves, the paint he scratches, the blood or semen he deposits or collects. All of these and more, bear mute witness against him. This is evidence that does not forget. It is not confused by the excitement of the moment. It is not absent because human witnesses are. It is factual evidence. Physical evidence cannot be wrong, it cannot perjure itself, it cannot be wholly absent. Only human failure to find it, study and understand it, can diminish its value.” – Dr Edmond Locard (1877 – 1966), Forensic scientist
“Forensic science is the art of observation governed by the rules of science.” – Unknown