Amy Rattenbury

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science


Amy holds a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Biology from Staffordshire University and an MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation from Bradford University. Her previous research has looked in to ‘How time and pressure can cause distortion in overlapping fingerprints’, ‘Modified weapons trafficking’ and ‘An investigation into identification from light air crashes on the Russian-Finnish border’.

Prior to joining Wrexham University in 2016, she was a programme leader on BSc (Hons) in Criminology & Forensic Investigation at the University Centre Southend, as well as having previously worked in a number of other colleges and UKAS accredited laboratories.

Amy’s specialism is in the technique of search, recovery and identification, and she has substantive experience working with human skeletal remains. She has also recently taken on a consultancy position with Kenyon International Emergency Services working in search, location and disaster victim identification, and has recently been deployed to a Mass Fatality incident as a Database Manager.

Amy is an active member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, the British Association of Forensic Anthropologists and the British Association of Human Identification, as well as various other professional and regulatory bodies. She works closely with local and national teams specialising in the training of forensic search dogs, and has also supported in the delivery of programmes focusing on human remains both nationally and internationally.

Her current focus is in the area of forensic taphonomy, and more specifically the impact of decomposition on identification techniques and the use of drone technology in forensic search and recording. She also has broader interests in cold case reviews, buried and concealed evidence and forensic pathology.