Delaware mineralogical society

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Symposium 2017

Ian Saginor, Ph.D.

Forensic Geologist, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), formerly of Keystone University

Abstract: 'Forensic Geology in Criminal Investigations at the FBI'

Why does the FBI need a Forensic Geologist? Simply put, if a crime scene involves interaction with the earth (and its geology), evidence must be collected and interpreted to prove the innocence or guilt of the perpetrator, and also to provide the avenue of justice for any potential victim.

The job requires advanced knowledge and experience in the field of geology. Then, the special agent hired will undergo FBI training. Dr. Ian Saginor is one such agent.

If you're interested in geology and its related fields, or you're a 'crime-solving buff', Dr. Saginor's talk is for you.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters, Quantico, Virginia (Photo, Joanne S. Lawton)

Ian Saginor
(Photo, CNN)

Ian Saginor demonstrating volcanics
(Photo, Rutgers)


Ian Saginor holds a Degree in geology from Vassar College and Ph.D. from Rutgers University, Dissertation on the evolution of the Central American Volcanic Front. Ian’s research used argon-argon geochronology and geochemical data to better understand how the volcanic front changed through time. Ian was an Associate Professor at Keystone College for 8 years and is now a forensic geologist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, VA.


FBI Laboratory Positions (with job requirements)
'Collecting Crime Evidence from the Earth', Raymond C. Murray
'Evolution of geochemical variations along the Central American volcanic front'
'New Pliocene–Pleistocene 40Ar/ 39Ar ages fill in temporal gaps in the Nicaraguan volcanic record'

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