R. Christopher O'Brien, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of Western Australia, 2008
H.D.R., University of Western Australia, 2004
M.F.S., National University, 2001
B.A., University of Florida, 1998
Dr. O'Brien's research interests include forensic animal necrophagy with associated taphonomy and wildlife forensics (morphology). He currently serves on the Scientific Working Group for Wildlife Forensics (SWGWILD).
Recently Published Articles
Lowe, A. C., Beresford, D. V., Carter, D. O., Gaspari, F., O'Brien, R. C., and Forbes,
S. L. (2013) Ground penetrating radar use in three contrasting soil textures in southern
Ontario, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, Environmental and Criminal
Geoforensics, p. 384.
Lowe, A. C., Beresford, D. V., Carter, D. O., Gaspari, F., O'Brien, R. C., Stuart, B. H., and Forbes, S. L. (2013) The effect of soil texture on the degradation of textiles associated with buried bodies, Forensic Science International, Vol. 231, p. 331-339.
Howes, J. M., Stuart, B. H., Thomas, P. S., Raja, S., and O'Brien, C. (2012) An investigation of model forensic bone in soil environments studied using infrared spectroscopy, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 57, Issue 5, p. 1161-1167.
Dillane, S., Thompson, M., Meyer, J., Norquay, M. and O'Brien R. C. (2011) Inductively coupled plasma ' atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) as a method of species differentiation of bone fragments, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 43, Issue 4, p. 297-312.
Cassar, J., Stuart, B., Dent, B., Notter, S., Forbes, S., O'Brien, C. and Dadour, I. (2011) A study of adipocere in soil collected from a field leaching study, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 43, Issue 1, p. 3-11.
Raja, S., Stuart, B.H., Thomas, P.S., and O'Brien, C. (2010) Pyrolysis gas chromatography ' mass spectrometry analysis for the estimation of pig bone age, Acta Medicinae Legalis et Socialis.
O'Brien, R.C., Larcombe, A., Meyer, J., Forbes, S.L., and Dadour, I.R. (2010) The scavenging behaviour of the Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides): Patterns and influencing factors, Sylvia, 46: 133-148.
O'Brien, R.C., Forbes, S.L., Meyer, J., and Dadour I.R. (2010) Forensically significant scavenging guilds in the southwest of Western Australia, Forensic Science International, Vol. 198, Issue 1, p. 85-91.
Raja, S., Thomas, P., Stuart, B., Guerbois, J.P., and O'Brien, C. (2009) The estimation of pig bone age for forensic application using thermogravimetric analysis. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Vol. 98 p. 173-176.
O'Brien, R.C., Forbes, S.L., Meyer, J., and Dadour I.R. (2007) A preliminary investigation of the scavenging activity on pig carcasses in Western Australia. Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology, Vol. 3, Issue 3, p. 194-199.