Sue Shemilt

Title: Teaching Fellow in Forensic Science
Phone: (+44) 01782 733942
Location: Lennard-Jones : LJ 0.30
Contacting me: Drop in by my office or fix an appointment by email or telephone
Sue Shemilt

I obtained my First Class BSc degree in Chemistry and Forensic Science from Keele in 2008, following this I was appointed for three years as a research assistant at Keele University’s Chemical Ecology group.

In 2011 I was appointed as a full time forensic science teaching fellow.  In 2013 I started my PhD in Analytical Chemistry and I continue to undertake my teaching fellow role in a part time capacity.

As a research assistant at Keele University’s Chemical Ecology group my research focused on elucidating the biosynthetic pathways utilised in the hydrocarbon production of ant species, work which has continued into my current PhD studies. My forensic interests include photography and imaging. 

  • Kather R, Drijfhout FP, Shemilt S, Martin SJ (2015) “Evidence for Passive Chemical Camouflage in the Parasitic Mite Varroa destructor.” Journal of Chemical Ecology, 41(2), 178-86.
  • Martin SJ, Vitikainen E, Shemilt S, Drijfhout FP, Sundström L. (2013) “Sources of variation in cuticular hydrocarbons in the ant Formica exsecta” Journal of Chemical Ecology, 39(11-12), 1415-23. 
  • Martin SJ, Shemilt S, Trontti K. (2013) “Nest-mate recognition cues are not used during or influenced by mating in the ant Formica Exsecta.” Ethology, Ecology and Evolution, 26(1), 40-48.
  • Martin SJ, Trontti K, Shemilt S, Drijfhout FP, Butlin, R, Jackson, D. (2012) “Weak patriline effects are present in the cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of isolated Formica exsecta ants but they disappear in the colony environment.” Ecology and Evolution, 2(9), 2333-46.
  • Martin SJ, Shemilt S, Drijfhout FP (2012) “Effect of time on colony odour stability in the ant Formica exsecta.” Naturwissenschaften 99(4), 327-31.
  • CHE-00033/10040/20019:  Crime, Science and Investigation (elective module) - Module Leader
  • CHE-10039:  Forensic Science Principles
  • CHE-20011:  Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis
  • CHE-20010:  Criminalistic Methods
  • CHE-30011:  Team Research Project
  • CHE-30028:  Interpretation, Presentation and Evaluation of Evidence
  • CHE-30029:  Forensic Dissertation (Supervisor)