Heather Miller Coyle, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Forensic Science,
M.S. Forensic Science

Ph.D., Plant Biology, University of New Hampshire, 1994

M.S., Plant Science, University of New Hampshire, 1989

B.S., In Vitro Cell Biology, SUNY Plattsburgh, 1986

Recently Published Books and Articles

K.B. Watters, H. Miller Coyle. 2016. Forensic Statistical Tool (FST): A Probabilistic Genotyping Software Program for Human Identification. Jurimetrics. 56(2): 183-195.

Coyle HM. 2015. Touch DNA in A Complicated Alleged Child Abuse Case. Austin Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology. 2(5): 1042.

H. Miller Coyle. 2015. Quality Control and Duplication for Concordance in Forensic DNA Samples: Implications for Interpretation of Mixtures. International Research Journal of Computer Science. 2(6): 16-18.

H. Miller Coyle. 2015. Sources Of Computational Error In Probabilistic Genotyping Software Used For DNA Mixture Interpretation. International Research Journal of Computer Science. 2(5): 12-16.

J. Miles, H. Miller Coyle. 2015. Quality Control and Transfer of Touch DNA in Fingerprinting Methods. Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS) Newsletter. 40(3): 38-43.

M. Hazell-Smithen, T. Callahan, H. Miller Coyle. 2014. Touch DNA And The Ability To Detect The Correct Source. International Journal of Advanced Technology and Science. 1 (1): 45-51.

K. Baylor, H. Miller Coyle. 2014. Cold Case Homicide with Paternity as an Investigative Lead (People of State Of New York v. Robert Symonds, Jr.). Journal of Forensic Research and Criminal Studies. 1:102.

K. Curtis, H. Miller Coyle. 2014. Development of a Quantitative Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Assay for Plant Species. Journal of Forensic Research and Criminal Studies. 1: 104.

H. Miller Coyle. 2012. The Importance of Scientific Evaluation of Biological Evidence – Data from Eight Years of Case Review. Science & Justice, Doi: 10.1016/J.Scijus.2012.01.002.

P. Massey, P. Valentin, H. Miller Coyle. 2012. Botany and Bodies – Forensic Science Applications to the Crime Scene. J. Roberts, N. Marquez-Grant (Eds). In: Forensic Ecology: From Crime Scene to Court. Wiley-Blackwell (UK).

L. Allgeier, J. Hemenway, N. Shirley, T. LaNier, H. Miller Coyle. 2011. Field testing of collection cards for Cannabis sativa samples with a single hexanucleotide DNA marker. J. Forensic Science. 56: 1245-1249.

C.-L. Lee, H. Miller Coyle and H.C. Lee. 2007. Genetic analysis of individual seeds by amplified fragment length polymorphism method. Croat. Med. J. 48: 563-565.

H. Miller Coyle and T. Palmbach. 2007. Forensic Botany: plants as evidence in criminal cases. In: Forensic DNA Analyses, Editor: Dr. Dragan Primorac, Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Republic of Croatia.

C.-L. Lee, H. Miller Coyle, T. M. Palmbach, I. C. Hsu and H.C. Lee. 2006. DNA analysis of ingested tomato and pepper seeds. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 27(2):121-125.

Editor (2005-2007)-Editor and co-author of a book entitled "Non-Human DNA Testing: Principles and Applications", c. 2007, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Editor (2004-2005)-Editor and co-author of a book entitled "Forensic Botany: Principles and Applications", c. 2005, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Research Interests
  • DNA for human identification
  • Touch DNA
  • DNA mixtures
  • Use of botanical evidence
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