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Current issue: May 2021: Vol. VI No. 1

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Diatom analysis: Reviewing the strengths, weaknesses, and impact of modern research

Jacob Caine

The purpose of this paper is to review the theoretical and laboratory techniques which underpin diatom analysis and its ability to help determine death by drowning in a forensic context. Diatom analysis involves the recovery of diatoms (unicellular algae present in most natural bodies of water) which may be inhaled as part of a drowning medium (water) by an individual who has drowned prior to death. This literature review evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the diatom analysis technique in the forensic context and evaluates recent research to discern whether it can be considered a reliable and valid forensic technique… Continue reading

Special edition: AUSxURO Arts Research Award (2021)


This special edition of the Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research (CJUR) features the work of the winners of the inaugural Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) and Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) Arts Undergraduate Research Award. The seven winners of this award are undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia.