9. Algae in Forensic Investigations

  1. David W. Hall3 and
  2. Jason H. Byrd4
  1. Christopher R. Hardy1 and
  2. John R. Wallace2

Published Online: 9 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119945734.ch9

Forensic Botany: A Practical Guide

Forensic Botany: A Practical Guide

How to Cite

Hardy, C. R. and Wallace, J. R. (2012) Algae in Forensic Investigations, in Forensic Botany: A Practical Guide (eds D. W. Hall and J. H. Byrd), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119945734.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 3

    David W. Hall Consultant Inc., 3666 NW. 13th Place, Gainesville, FL 32605, USA

  2. 4

    William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Florida, PO Box 147100, FL 32610-0275, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Millersville University, Millersville, PA 17551, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Biology, Millersville University, PO Box 1002, 1 South George Street, Millersville, PA 17551, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 1 JUN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470664094

Online ISBN: 9781119945734



  • algae in forensic investigations;
  • algae, other aquatic plants, biomass in ecosystems;
  • algal botanist, phycologists, algal systematists, aquatic biologists;
  • taxonomic identification, algal flora as evidence;
  • DNA forensics, DNA-based in algal identification;
  • diatom, and extraction, nine-step view of acid digestion;
  • blue-green algae, algaltoxin, and toxic cyanobacterial blooms;
  • algal evidence, in forensic investigations;
  • diatom test on femoral marrow, positive for drowning;
  • PMI or PMSI time frame, on suspect at scene of crime


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Finding an algal botanist and identifying algae

  • Algal diversity

  • Application of algal evidence in forensic investigations

  • Collection and processing of algal evidence in forensic investigations

  • Acknowledgements

  • References