Dr. Catherine Tennick

Senior Lecturer

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB128

+44 (0) 1772 89 4170


Subject Areas: Forensic Science

Catherine is involved in undergraduate teaching across all years in relation to the identification, collection and analysis of forensic evidence. She is a STEM ambassador, regularly involved in activities that engage the public with forensic science, and her current research is focussed on the analysis and identification of knife marks on bone.

Full Profile

Catherine has a passion for science communication, and helping others to learn and enjoy learning! Whether it's a lab or lecture, tutorials or tutee meetings, Catherine aims to help students make the most of their experience. She is involved in undergraduate teaching across all years covering a range of topics related to the identification, recovery, analysis, and interpretation of forensic evidence, and you will find her equally enthusiastic about the subject whether in the laboratory, classroom, lecture theatre or out in the field!

She has extensive experience of public engagement activities, and is a registered STEM ambassador with involvement in events such as the Lancashire Science Festival and Junior University, as well as creating and delivering activities for a variety of audiences.

Catherine's interest in research began with an undergraduate project assessing variables involved in the estimation of postmortem interval, and she moved on to PhD research combining her interests in forensic taphonomy and anthropology with criminalistics (particularly tool mark analysis). Catherine's PhD thesis is entitled "The Identification and Classification of Sharp Force Trauma on Bone Using Low Power Microscopy"; her research interests include analysis and interpretation of knife trauma and other types of weapon trauma on bone, and have expanded to include a variety of projects covering the analysis of forensic evidence in a range of fields including footwear and document examination.


British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology


Tennick, C., Wysocki, M., and Robinson, J. (2008) 'Determination of useful incision mark characteristics for microscopic forensic analysis'. In Brickley, M. and Smith, M. (eds.) Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Conference of the British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Oxford: Archaeopress, 27-40.

Teaching Activities

Module tutor for: FZ2030/FZ2130 Criminalistics/Aspects of Criminalistics
FZ2036/FZ2136 Forensic Practice, Aspects of Forensic Practice

Involved in undergraduate teaching on modules including: FZ1034 Crime Scene Science, FZ1035 Aspects of Forensic Science, FZ1033 Skills for Forensic Scientists, FZ1014 Biology For Forensic Scientists, FZ3051 Forensic Taphonomy, FZ3501 Forensic Dissertation.


Forensic Science Society Postgraduate Symposium (2012): “Cutting Crime”: Classification of knife trauma on bone using optical microscopy.

Lancashire Science Festival 2012: Interactive stand "Scene it: Do it!" and "Guess who?" workshop

Forensic Research and Teaching Conference (2006): The Cutting Edge of Forensic Anthropology: Analysis of Sharp Force Trauma on Skeletal Remains

British Association of Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (2006) : Sharp Force Trauma Analysis on Skeletal Remains: The Cutting Edge of Forensic Anthropology


Ph.D. Forensic Science, UCLAN, 2012

B.Sc. (Hons) Forensic Science, UCLAN, 2003

External Activities

Registered STEM Ambassador