Dr Paola A. Magni
BSc Hons, MSc, PhD

Lecturer in Forensic Science

About me

I am a forensic biologist with a key focus on the application of natural sciences (entomology, taphonomy and aquatic biology) to crime scene investigation. I have 10 years of experience as a researcher and lecturer/instructor in forensic science. Furthermore, I am a practitioner recognised by the Italian Courts and the international Scientific Community. Since I moved to Australia I have been also involved in forensic cases in Western Australia.

I have been invited as an expert forensic witness in Court for investigations on homicides, forensic veterinary cases, food forensic and stored products security both for the public prosecutor and defence in the Court of Law. The total number of forensic cases I have been involved in as an expert is between 60 and 70.

My research and case work have been presented at major forensic international meetings. I’m the author of numerous papers in international scientific journals and chapters in forensic books. I am the senior editor of a forensic entomology book (2008) and of the first book dedicated to crime scene investigations in aquatic environments that will be published by Springer in 2018.

I’m the developer of “SmartInsects – Forensic Entomology” (2013), the smartphone App designed to facilitate the work of law enforcement agencies and pathologists at crime scenes. This App had more than 10.000 downloads worldwide and it has been recognized as one of the “Fantastic 4 apps created by scientistis” at Western Australian Universities.

As a scientist and forensic expert I have also been involved extensively with TV media. I participated in several Italian and Australian TV and Radio talk shows about science and investigation. To note, I have played an intrinsic role in a TV production as a forensic character and a screenplay consultant for the Italian version of the TV series “C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation” (“R.I.S. Delitti Imperfetti”). I continue to write stories for this production, provide scientific competence and I instruct actors how to work/act in the laboratory and at the crime scene in a realistic way.

My professional goal is to achieve excellence in everything I undertake; understanding that perfection is not always possible; I continue to seek improvement. It’s not always easy, but my motto is “Don’t have fear of the hard moments, from these comes the best” (Cit. Rita Levi Montalcini, Nobel Laureate from Turin, Italy – my hometown).

Teaching area

BIO315 – Biodies of Evidence, Unit Coordinator

BIO388 – Miscarriage of Justice, Unit Coordinator

CHE103 – Introduction to Forensic Science, forensic entomology and forensic botany component

BIO685 – Crime Scene Investigation II, forensic entomology and forensic botany component + body recovery excercise

BIO609/612 – Forensic Science (Professional Practice) Masters Project

BIO377 – Marine Ecology, underwater forensic investigation component

VET587 – Production Animal, Public Health, Pathology (Anatomical and Clinical), forensic entomology in veterinary practice component


Research areas

Most of my research in collaboration with others has covered disciplines such as entomology, entomotoxicology, archaeoentomology, insect and human molecular biology, botany and palaeobotany, limnology, malacology, malacostracology and hyperspectral imaging. The majority of this research and a number of cases in which I was involved as a forensic expert has resulted in peer-reviewed publications in international journals, book chapters or have been presented at major international forensic conferences. Some of this research has been awarded prizes at forensic conferences. Furthermore, I am a reviewer for Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Journal of Medical Entomology and Forensic Science International.

I am a member of the American Academy for Forensic Science (AAFS), the North America Forensic Entomology Association (NAFEA), Australia & New Zealand Forensic Science society (ANZFSS) and I am a Board Member of the European Association for Forensic Entomology (EAFE).

At present as demonstrated by my publication record I am involved mostly in forensic entomology and aquatic forensics. In particular, Springer, the International publishing company of academic journals and books specialising in science, technology and medicine has offered me a publishing agreement to become the editor of a book entitled “Forensic Science and Investigation in Aquatic Environments” that will be published in 2017.

 

Forensic expertise

Crime scene investigation – My experience with crime scenes began in 2003, while I was conducting my research for my MSc degree. To complete this research I worked along-side the coroner, both at the crime scene and autopsy. I collected insect evidence, worked in the laboratory rearing and identifying flies, interpreting data and calculating the PMI and writing case-reports. I was trained by experienced pathologists and investigators and I attended crime scene investigation courses organised by the Italian Police and was invited to attend the FBI “Human Remains Recovery School”.

I have been an integral part of the investigation process; from the crime scene to the court and I have gained extensive experience working with different teams in several crime scene circumstances (terrestrial/aquatic environments, human/animal victim, investigation on ancient remains, investigation on living people/animals). I am experienced in the use of insects, diatoms, crustaceans, molluscs, seeds and soil as evidence in crime scene investigations.

Since 2006 I have been called upon as an expert witness for the Italian Courts. I have been involved in the case work on homicides: 20; suspicious deaths: 60; animal cruelty/wildlife: 10; stored products and medical entomology: 7.  Since I moved to Australia I have been involved with aquatic case work with the Western Australian Police.

Forensic entomology, entomotoxicology, HSI and DNA – In 2007 I established the first Forensic Entomology Laboratory linked to the Italian Health Service.

The FELab (Forensic Entomology Laboratory) was placed in the morgue of the city of Turin (Italy) and I attended all cases where insects were involved (criminal and civil), from the crime scene to the Court. During 2009 and 2010 I upgraded the FELab to comply with accreditation under UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 (in Europe only the French Gendarmerie has an accredited forensic entomology laboratory). The process of Quality Certification required a great deal of research to achieve the forensic standards and the safety regulations required for the accreditation process. This is equivalent to the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation in Australia. The FELab gained the UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 for the years 2009 and 2010.

Since 2003 my focus has been to do research in forensic entomology to improve my expertise. In particular, my interests have concentrated on the best practice in forensic entomology and in the improvement of my skill base that can help in crime scene investigations (e.g. ecology biogeography of blowflies, new technologies applied to forensics).

My main expertise is in forensic entomology concern: a) entomological decomposition pattern of animals and humans in different environments (field research); b) detection of human DNA in the alimentary tract of blowfly larvae; c) insect DNA; d) entomotoxicology; e) blowfly identification, physiology, ecology and biogeography; d) the use of the hyperspectral imaging (HSI) in forensic entomology; f) case work and cold cases; g) research in criminology, concerning the role of the forensic entomologist in society and the investigation process.

Aquatic biology applied to forensics – Aquatic biology is the discipline that investigates all life forms that inhabit oceans and freshwater. When a crime is committed in an aquatic environment, knowledge in this discipline can help the investigation. In particular I have experience in a) Limnology, the use of diatoms (unicellular algae) for the diagnosis of drowning and to support an alibi; b) Malacostrology, use of crustaceans to investigate time spent in water, floating time, provenience of human and animal remains; c) Malacology, use of molluscs to investigate the post-mortem submersion interval of human and animal remains. In 2010 I was the organizer of the first International Symposium concerning aquatic crime scenes (“H2O Criminalistics and Pathology”) at the University of Magna Graecia (Catanzaro, Italy).

Between fiction and reality – As a scientist and forensic expert I have also been involved extensively with TV media. I participated in several Italian TV and Radio talk shows about science and investigation. To note, I have played an intrinsic role in a TV production as a forensic character and a screenplay consultant for the Italian version of the TV series “C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation” (“R.I.S. Delitti Imperfetti”). I continue to write stories for this production, provide scientific competence and I instruct actors how to work/act in the laboratory and at the crime scene in a realistic way. 

Current projects

2017 (ongoing) – Genotyping of human nuclear DNA recovered from the alimentary canal of fly larvae feeding on semen. Murdoch University. Student: Laura Nutton.

2017 (ongoing) – Fighting crimes against animals: The Singapore experience. Murdoch University. Student: Elisabeth Chang.

2017 (ongoing) – Insect succession on decomposing swine carcasses in Tasmania: a summer study. Murdoch University. Student: Tracy Fong.

2017 (ongoing) – Nutrient dynamics of annual ryegrass as a tool in forensic investigation on burial sites. Murdoch University. Student: Thalia Meza.

2017 (ongoing) – Immerse 360° video for forensic education.  Murdoch University. Student: Cassina Tawhai.

2017 (ongoing) – Analyses of the decomposition process and the insect succession in bodies concealed in suitcases.  Murdoch University. Students: Jonathon Georgy and Chris Patersen.

2017 (ongoing) – Review of adipocere and saponification formation in decomposing bodies. Murdoch University. Student: Jess Lawn.

2017 (ongoing) – Effects of antifreeze (ethylene glycol) on the survival and growth rate of three species of necrophagous blowflies. Murdoch University. Student: Abrar Essarras.

2016 (ongoing) – The utility of sea fauna in forensic investigation in marine environment: an experiment in the Boston harbour . Boston medical School. Student: Danea Pirtle

2014 (ongoing) – Survival after submergence in fresh, salt and polluted water in pupae of Calliphora vomitoria (L.) . University of Turin, Italy, MSc in Environmental Biology. Student: Samanta Wolff

Awards and grants

2016 – Best Meeting Presentation – Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society – Pathology & Forensic Medicine Section.

2016 – Grant – International Conference of Entomology – to participate and be a keynote speaker at the International Conference of Entomology, 25-30 September 2016.

2016 – Grant – Perth Convention Bureau grant to participate to the International Conference of Entomology, 25-30 September 2016

2016 – Grant – Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society WA Branch Travel Award  to participate to the Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society meeting and present my research, 18-23 September 2016

2016 – Grant – New Colombo Plan  “Breaking down barriers for justice: an intercultural approach to Crime Scene Investigation” provide capability to Australian forensic students of Murdoch University to cooperate with Indo-Pacific (Malaysian) colleagues and to become forensically aware across cultures in the application of crime scene analyses.

2014 – Grant – Forensic Science Foundation Travel Award to participate to the American Academy for Forensic Sciences meeting and present my research, 16-21 February 2015.

2014 – Grant – Postgraduate Research Travel Award, Geoffrey Kennedy Award . The University of Western Australia; awarded to the student with the most interesting and innovative research.

2013 – Scholarship – I.P.R.S. International Postgraduate Research Scholarship. The University of Western Australia.

2012 – Scholarship – SYNTHESYS  – European Union-funded Integrated Activities grant. Award for complete a scientific project. My forensic entomology project was hosted at The Natural History Museum of London, UK.

2008 – Best Meeting Presentation –  VII C.O.M.L.A.S. Meeting (Coordinamento dei Medici Legali delle Aziende Sanitarie – Medico-Legal Section of National Health Service ).

Conferences

Keynote lecture                                                                                           

Magni PA, Pazzi M, Vincenti M, Dadour IR. Entomotoxicology: development and validation of CG-MS and LC/MS-MS methods for nicotine, metanfetamine, endosulfan and coumatetraryl detection in blowflies. Invited lecture at ICE 2016.

Magni P. Forensic Entomology in water environments. Congreso Chileno de Entomologia Forense, 2013. Invited lecture.

 

EAFE, European Association for Forensic Entomology                                      

Voss S, Magni PA, Nansen C, Dadour IR. Hyperspectral imaging: a new technique for aging blowfly pupae. EAFE 2016

Magni PA, Testi R, Abrate M, Dadour IR. The Mummy and I: How to preserve a friendship. EAFE 2014

Labella G, Martra M, Pazzi M, Testi R, Vincenti M, Dadour IR, Magni PA. Detection of Gunshot Residues (GSR) in blowfly larvae using Scanning Electron Microscopy equipped with Energy Dispersive X-ray microanalysis (SEM-EDX) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). EAFE 2014.

ConversoV, Pazzi M, Vincenti M, Dadour IR, Magni PA. Development of a GC-MS method for the detection of α and β Endosulfan in Calliphora vomitoria (L.) (Diptera: Calliphoridae). EAFE 2014.

Ian R. Dadour IR, Cook D, Voss SC, Hung WF, Magni PA. The pre-colonisation period: What do we really know? EAFE 2014.

Magni PA, Dadour IR. Effect of cooling on different densities of larvae of Lucilia sericata (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae). EAFE 2014.

Ferrero F, Magni PA, Meregalli M, Dadour IR. Evaluation of preserving techniques for a morphological analysis of pupae. EAFE 2013.

Pacini T, Magni PA, Pazzi M, Gerace E, Vincenti M. Development of a GC-MS method for metamphetamine detection on Calliphora vomitoria (L.). EAFE 2013.

Magni PA, Dadour IR. Effects of cooling storage on the morphology of immature stages of Lucilia sericata (Meigen). EAFE 2013.

Magni PA, Dadour IR, Glance DG. SmartInsects – Smartphone & Forensic Entomology. An easy App for crime scene investigation. EAFE 2013.

Magni P, Pazzi M, Vincenti M, Dadour IR. The new forensic entomology laboratory at University of Turin, Italy. EAFE 2012.

Magni P, Dadour IR. Effects of cooling on the thermal accumulation of heat on the development of the fly Lucilia sericata (Meigen) – Preliminary results. EAFE 2012.

Magni P, Natale A, Capra P, Abete C, Vincenti M. Experimental study of coumatetralyl (anti-coagulant poison) accumulation in Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae). EAFE 2010.

Magni P, Gargallo C, Bertoni M, Giordano A, Mazzucco P. Long P.M.I. in an urban environment with particular focus on the presence of dermestes frass (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). EAFE 2010.

Guercini S, Magni P, Antonilli A, Dadour IR. What is a forensic entomologist? A sociological study. EAFE 2010.

Magni P, Apostol M. Dead men in wells: an entomological assessment in an aquatic environment. EAFE 2009.

Magni P, Saravo L, Aprea G. A cold case: can forensic entomology be useful 9 years after the crime? EAFE 2009.

Magni P, Bertoni M, Aromatario M. Insects associated with human cadavers collected from mortuaries: the Rome and Turin experience. EAFE 2009.

Merlo F, Magni P, Boano R. Preliminary observations of insect colonization amongst osteological material found in a tomb in Cannaregio (Venice, Italy). EAFE 2009.

Fico R, Magni P. Fireflies (Lampyris nocticula L., Coleoptera: Lampyridae) an adventive forensic insect. EAFE 2009.

Di Luise E, Magni P, Staiti N, Spitaleri S, Romano CG. Human DNA typing of maggot gut contents. EAFE 2008.

Magni P, Ghizzoni O, Linarello P, Gualtieri P. Case report: the man in the farmhouse – Effective support of entomotoxicological exams to identify causes of death. EAFE 2008.

Magni P, Fico R. Forensic entomology in poisoned bears (Ursus arctos) and wolves (Canis lupus) in Central Italy: the importance of a specialized team investigasting crimes on animals. EAFE 2008.

Dutto M, Magni P. Myiasis in North-West Italy: analysis of clinical cases and procedures of diagnosis and treatment. EAFE 2008.

Magni P, Testi R. Case report – The murder of the carpet. EAFE 2007.

Magni P, Testi R. Case Report – Entomological investigation of a stab wound in a homicide case. EAFE 2007.

Magni P, Testi R, Torretta D, Isaia M. Case Report – The forgotten man. EAFE 2007.

Di Luise E, Spitaleri S, Romano C, Ginestra E, Magni P, Saravo L. Human DNA typing from a mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) blood meal found at a crime scene. EAFE 2007.

Magni P, Jourdan S. The F.E.Lab ASL 1 in Turin: first year on the job and collaborations. EAFE 2007.

Magni P, Costantini G, Messina R. A case report: the River Man. EAFE 2006.

Magni P, Scaravelli D. A study on the carrion fauna in the littoral zone. EAFE 2006.

Magni P, Jourdan S. Presence of the parasite Brachymeria sp. (Hymenoptera: Chalcididae) in the entomofauna of a corpse. EAFE 2006.

Magni P, Costantini G, Jourdan S. First forensic entomology studies in Piedmont area. EAFE 2006.

Costantini G, Magni P, Appino S, Gatto S. Comparison between forensic entomological and anatomo-pathological exams to determine the burial time of swine carcasses in a fraudolent case. EAFE 2005.

 

NAFEA, North American Forensic Entomology Association                                         

Magni P, Ferrero F, Meregalli M , Dadour IR. A study on the best preserving method for the morphological study of pupae. NAFEA 2012.

Magni P, Dadour IR. Effect of cooling in the development of the fly Lucilia sericata (Meigen). NAFEA 2012.

Guercini S, Magni P, Dadour IR. What is Forensic Entomologist? A meta-analyses. NAFEA 2011.

Magni P, Dadour IR, Ricci P. Preliminary studies on the chemical and morphological changes of gunshot residues following ingestion by fly larvae. NAFEA 2011.

 

AAFS, American Academy for Forensic Sciences                                               

Magni PA, Massaro L, Borrini M, Morton B, Dadour IR. The things that you find fishing: the forensic investigation of a human skull from the sea. AAFS 2017.

Pirtle D, Magni PA, Dadour IR. I like your shoes: the utility of barnacles (Crustacea: Cirripedia) in forensic investigation in marine environment. AAFS 2017.

Magni PA, Pazzi M, Droghi J, Santoro V, Vincenti M, Brandimarte M, Dadour IR. Ketamine & blowflies: an entomotoxicology study. AAFS 2017.

Magni PA, Pazzi M, Alladio E, Vincenti M, Brandimarte M, Dadour IR. Nicotine & blowflies: an entomotoxicology study – AAFS 2016.

Magni PA, Pacini T, Pazzi M, Vincenti M, Dadour IR, Falasco E. Alibi verification using diatoms – AAFS 2015

Voss S, Magni PA, Nansen C, Flematti G, Dadour IR. Aging blowfly pupae using hyperspectral imaging: another tool in the forensic toolbox – AAFS 2015.

Rosa C, Testi R, Mazzucco P, Magni PA. Autoerotic accidental death by self-inflicted asphyxia by body-wrapping in a plastic curtain – AAFS 2015.

Oses C, Tosti-Croce E, Viveros H, Magni PA. Post-mortem artifacts caused by the water beetle Rhantus validus Sharp (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) on a corpse found in a pond in Región de La Araucanía, Chile – AAFS 2015.

Magni PA, Wolff S, Meregalli M, Dadour IR. Survival of blowfly pupae after submergence in fresh, salt and polluted water – AAFS 2015.

Pepe F, Aquila I, Boca S, Magni P, De Luca E, De Bartolo D, Pileggi C, Di Nunzio C, Ricci P. The role of Lepas sp (Crustacea Cirripedia Peduncolata) in the evaluation of the post-mortem interval in aquatic environment. AAFS 2013.

Magni P, Ausania F, Aquila I, Bertoni M, Dadour IR, Ricci P. Ante-mortem and post-mortem colonization interval by insects: a case report. AAFS 2013.

Aquila I, Paciello O, Magni PA, Ausania F, Di Nunzio C, Britti D, Ricci P, Pepe F. The reconstruction of an unusual pedestrian road trauma using forensic pathology and forensic veterinary medicine. AAFS 2012.

Magni P, Di Mizio G, Colosimo F., Gentile C, Dadour IR, Ricci P. Preliminary studies on the chemical and morphological changes of gunshot residues following ingestion by fly larvae. AAFS 2011.

Di Mizio G, Schiavone S, Colosimo F, Romano C, Di Nunzio C, Magni P, Dadour IR, Ricci P. Mass disaster procedures: forensic pathology and genetic techniques used to locate 9 missing people in the Calabria region (Southern Italy). AAFS 2011.

Saravo L, Aprea G, Magni PA. A cold case: a forensic review nine years after the crime. AAFS 2010.

Magni PA, Apostol MA. Dead men in wells: how forensic science was used to solve a crime in an aquatic environment. AAFS 2010.

 

ANZFSS, Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society                                          

Magni PA, Pazzi M, Vincenti M, Dadour IR. Entomotoxicology: development and validation of GC-MS methods for nicotine, metanphetamine, ketamine and endosulfan detection and their effects on blowfly survival and growth rates. ANZFSS 2016.

Magni PA, Pazzi M, Alladio E, Vincenti M, Falasco E, Dadour IR. Effective use of diatoms to verify an alibi. ANZFSS 2016.

Magni PA, Massaro L, Borrini M, Morton B, Dadour IR. A human skull from the sea: a forensic investigation. ANZFSS 2016.

Magni PA, Wolff S, Meregalli M, dadour IR. Effects of fresh, salt and polluted water on the survival of blowfly pupae. ANZFSS 2016.

Magni PA, Dadour IR. Effect of cooling on different densities of larvae of Lucilia sericata (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae). ANZFSS 2014.

Voss S, Magni PA, Nansen C, Dadour IR. Forensic applications of hyperspectral imaging: aging blowfly pupae. ANZFSS 2014.

Magni PA, Glance D, Dadour IR. SmartInsects – Smartphone & Forensic Entomology. An easy App for crime scene investigation. ANZFSS 2014.

Magni PA, Venn C, Aquila I, Ricci P, Dadour IR. Evaluation of the floating time of a corpse found in a marine environment using the barnacle Lepas anatifera L. (Crustacea: Cirripedia: Pedunculata). ANZSS 2014.

McIntosh C, Voss S, Magni PA, Dadour IR. Does burning effect decomposition and insect succession on pig carcasses? ANZFSS 2014.

 

ICE, International Congress of Entomology                                              

Magni PA, Pazzi M, Vincenti M, Dadour IR. Entomotoxicology: development and validation of CG-MS and LC/MS-MS methods for nicotine, metanphetamine, endosulfan and coumatetraryl detection in blowflies. ICE 2016. Invited speaker.

 

MAFS, Mediterranean Academy of Forensic Sciences                                    

Guareschi E, Antonopolou C, Frati P, Gnetti L, Magni P, Lanzi G, Masotti G. Case Report – A suspect of identification: basic forensic anthropology and related techniques as useful, quick and inexpensive procedures for identification of skeletal remains. MAFS 2007.

 

AES, Australian Entomological Society

Magni PA, Pazzi M, Vincenti M, Dadour IR. Entomotoxicology: development and validation of CG-MS and LC/MS-MS methods for nicotine, metanfetamine, ketamine and endosulfan detection in blowflies and their effects on blowfly survival and growth rates. AES 2016.

 

ESVP, European Society of Veterinary Pathology

Appino S, Magni P, Costantini G, Gatto S. Anatomo-pathological and forensic entomological exams for determining the burial time of swine carcasses in a fraudolent case. ESVP 2005.

 

AAI, Associazione Antropologica Italiana (Italian Anthropology Association)            

Magni P, Dadour IR, Boano R.  Taphonomy, anthropology and medico-legal entomology: a multidisciplinary approach to the study of skeletal remains of a Cannaregio’s multiple tomb (Venice, Italy). AAI 2011.

 

GIPF, Gruppo Italiano di Patologia Forense (Italian Group of Forensic Pathology)              

Di Mizio G, Colosimo F, Di Nunzio C, Aquila I, Boca S, Melina S, Maurotti S, Pepe F, Amirante C, Crudo T, Veltri P, Schiavone S, Romano C, Magni P, Macri S, Santoro F, DE Bastiani P, Ricci P. Multidisciplinarietà delle competenze biomedico legali, bioinformatiche, entomologico forensi e logistiche nelle attività necroscopiche di massa: dal modello organizzativo alla realizzazione operativa (mass grave analysis by a multidisciplinary forensic group). GIPF 2010.

Magni P, Testi R, Jourdan S. Valido ausilio delle analisi entomologico-forensi in un caso di omicidio (forensic entomology analysis as a valuable tool in a murder case). GIPF 2007.

 

COMLAS, Coordinamento dei Medici Legali delle Aziende Sanitarie (Medico-legal Section of National Health Service Group)

Magni P, Jourdan S. Presentazione del F.E.Lab ASL1 Turin (Presentation of Forensic Entomology Lab ASL1 of Turin). COMLAS 2006.

Magni P. Entomologia Forense: attività del laboratorio istituito dal Dr Stefano Jourdan per la ASL TO1 (Activity of the Forensic Entomology Lab ASL1 of Turin). COMLAS 2008. Awarded for best meeting lecture.

Media coverage, public events & links about my work

PUBLIC EVENTS

Magni P. Guest at “The Weekly with Charlie Pickering” on ABC TV (April 26th, 2017). http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/weekly-with-charlie-pickering/LE1611V013S00 (minute 12)

Radio interview with ABC (Good Friday with Tim Brunero, April 14th, 2017)

Magni P. TEDx Talk. Sydney 2017. https://tedxsydney.com/contributor/paola-a-magni/ (minute 59)

Magni P. Crimes, Critters and Clues. A public lecture in the UNDERCOVER series. Murdoch University 2017.

Magni P. The bold and the beautiful. Invited speech for the International Women Day. Murdoch University 2017.

Magni P. Crime scenes: clues from Nature. Royal Society Western Australia. 2016.

Magni P. Little creatures at the crime scene: how micro & macro-organisms can help the investigations. Italian Scientists down under. UWA 2016.

Magni P. Aquatic crime scenes: how little creatures can help the investigations. Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society WA Branch meeting. 2016.

Radio interview with SBS (Carlo Oreglia, May 7th 2016) http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/italian/it/content/ministra-ci-ho-provato?language=it

Radio interview with SBS (Carlo Oreglia, February 19th 2016) http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/italian/en/content/paola-magni-real-forensic-investigator

LINKS

The West Australian 31.03.2016: https://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-west-australian/20160331/282110635744746

GC–MS Analysis of Blowflies to Detect Nicotine: http://www.sciencewa.net.au/topics/technology-a-innovation/item/4107-bugs-make-ideal-crime-scene-clues

GC–MS Analysis of Blowflies to Detect Nicotine: http://images2.advanstar.com/PixelMags/lctc/digitaledition/March09-2016-uk.html#8 (page 8)

GC–MS Analysis of Blowflies to Detect Methamphetamine: http://www.chromatographyonline.com/gc-ms-analysis-blowflies-detect-methamphetamine

Marine life assists forensic efforts: http://sciencewa.net.au/topics/fisheries-a-water/item/2897-marine-life-assists-forensic-efforts

SmartInsects – an useful App for forensic entomology (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.example.smartinsects&hl=en

SmartInsects – an useful App for forensic entomology (iOS): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.example.smartinsects&hl=en

Forensic entomology –  http://www.australasianscience.com.au/news/may-2013/insects-time-stamp-bodies-forensics.html

http://www.convocation.uwa.edu.au/awards/pgrta/winner_pgrta_2014

http://spice.wa.edu.au/spice-initiatives/shell/

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Rassegna dell’Arma dei carabinieri - Gli insetti al servizio degli inquirenti: http://www.carabinieri.it/editoria/rassegna-dell-arma/anno-2007/n-1—gennaio-marzo/studi/gli-insetti-al-servizio-degli-inquirenti

Il Penalista.it - Geologia forense. Le indagini sui terreni e sui loro componenti organici ed inorganici: http://ilpenalista.it/articoli/indagini-scientifiche/geologia-forense-le-indagini-sui-terreni-e-sui-loro-componenti

 

Doctoral and masters supervisions

2017 (ongoing) – Genotyping of human nuclear DNA recovered from the alimentary canal of fly larvae feeding on semen. Murdoch University. Student: Laura Nutton.

2017 (ongoing) – Fighting crimes against animals: The Singapore experience. Murdoch University. Student: Elisabeth Chang.

2017 (ongoing) – Insect succession on decomposing swine carcasses in Tasmania: a summer study. Murdoch University. Student: Tracy Fong.

2017 (ongoing) – Nutrient dynamics of annual ryegrass as a tool in forensic investigation on burial sites. Murdoch University. Student: Thalia Meza.

2017 (ongoing) – Immerse 360° video for forensic education. Murdoch University. Student: Cassina Tawhai.

2017 (ongoing) – Analyses of the decomposition process and the insect succession in bodies concealed in suitcases. Murdoch University. Students: Jonathon Georgy and Chris Patersen.

2017 (ongoing) – Review of adipocere and saponification formation in decomposing bodies. Murdoch University. Student: Jess Lawn.

2016 (ongoing) – The utility of sea fauna in forensic investigation in marine environment: an experiment in the Boston harbour. Boston medical School. Student: Danea Pirtle

2014 (ongoing) – Survival after submergence in fresh, salt and polluted water in pupae of Calliphora vomitoria (L.). University of Turin, Italy, MSc in Environmental Biology. Student: Samanta Wolff

2015 – Development of a GC-MS method and a HPLC-MS/MS for ketamine detection in Calliphora vomitoria (L.). University of Turin, Italy, MSc in Clinic, Forensic and Sport Chemistry. Student: Jessica Droghi

2015 – Development of a GC-MS method for nicotine detection in Calliphora vomitoria (L.). University of Turin, Italy, MSc in Clinic, Forensic and Sport Chemistry. Student: Marco Brandimarte

2014 – Insects as forensic evidence in the Italian Court system. University of San Marino, Master Degree Course in Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry. Student: Marilena Perri

2013 – Detection of gunshot residue (GSR) in blowfly larvae using scanning electron microscopy equipped with spettroscopy energy dispersion detector (SEM-EDS) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). University of Turin, Italy, MSc in Clinic, Forensic and Sport Chemistry. Student: Giuseppe Labella

2013 – Development of a GC-MS method for Endosulfan (organochlorine pesticide) detection on Calliphora vomitoria (L.). University of Turin, Italy, MSc in Clinic, Forensic and Sport Chemistry. Student: Valerio Converso

2012 – Development of a GC-MS method for metamphetamine detection on Calliphora vomitoria (L.). University of Turin, Italy, MSc in Clinic, Forensic and Sport Chemistry. Student: Tommaso Pacini

2012 – A study on the best preserving method for the morphological study of Lucilia sericata (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae). University of Turin, Italy, MSc in Environmental Biology. Student: Fabio Ferrero

2010 – Experimental study of coumatetralyl (anti-coagulant poison) accumulation in Lucilia sericata (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae). University of Turin, Italy, MSc in Clinic, Forensic and Sport Chemistry. Student: Alessandra Natale

2009 – The professional role of the Forensic Entomologist. University of Bologna, Master Degree Course in Criminology and Security Investigation. Student: Silvia Guercini

2009 – Forensic Entomology in Lazio Region, Italy. University of Rome “Sapienza”, PhD in Forensic Science. Student: Mariarosaria Aromatario

2008 – Forensic Entomology in crime scene investigation. University of Rome “Tor Vergata “, PhD in Forensic Science. Student: Sabrina Catracchia

2008 – Carrion DNA in the maggot gut content – An experimental work using swine. University of Turin, MSc in Medicine and Surgery. Student: Erica Albanese

Publications

REFEREED ARTICLES                                                                                        

Voss SC, Magni PA , Dadour I, Nansen C. Reflectance-based determination of age and species of blowfly puparia. Int J Legal Med 2016; 1-12.

Milani C, Magni PA. Antropologia forense: cosa, chi, come e quando. Il Penalista – Giuffre 2016; 10 pg.

Magni PA, Singh Dhaliwal S, Dadour I. Effect of continuous and cyclic exposure to a cold environment on the development of larvae of Lucilia sericata (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in different sized larval masses. J Med Entomol 2016. In press.

Magni PA, Pazzi M, Vincenti M, Alladio E., Brandimarte M, Dadour I. Development and validation of a GC-MS method for nicotine detection in Calliphora vomitoria L. (Diptera: Calliphoridae). Forensic Sci Int. 2016; 261:53-60.

Magni P. Entomologia forense in ambito medico legale e veterinario. Il Penalista – Giuffre’ April 2016; 19 pg.

Di Maggio RM, Magni P. Geologia forense. La falsificazione dei materiali geologici preziosi. Il Penalista – Giuffre’ March 2016; 15 pg.

Di Maggio RM, Magni P. Geologia forense. Le indagini sui terreni e sui loro componenti organici ed inorganici. Il Penalista – Giuffre’ February 2016; 15 pg.

Magni PA, Voss SC, Testi R, Borrini M, Dadour IR. A biological and procedural review of forensically significant Dermestes species (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). J Med Entomol 2015: 1-15.

Magni PA, Venn C, Aquila I, Pepe F, Ricci P, Di Nunzio C, Ausania F, Dadour IR. Evaluation of the floating time of a corpse found in a marine environment using the barnacle Lepas anatifera (Crustacea: Cirripedia: Peducolata). Forensic Sci Int 2015; 247:e6-e10.

Magni PA, Pacini T, Pazzi M, Vincenti M, Dadour IR. Development of a GC-MS method for methamphetamine detection in Calliphora vomitoria (L.) (Diptera: Calliphoridae). Forensic Sci Int 2014; 241:96-101.

Aquila I, Ausania F, Di Nunzio C, Boca S, Magni PA, Serra A, Ricci P. The role of forensic botany in crime scene investigation: case report and review of literature. J Forensic Sci 2014; 59(3):820-4.

Martinetto E, Bouvet D, Vassio E, Magni PA, Jiménez Mejíasd P. A new protocol for the collection and cataloguing of reference material for the study of fossil Cyperaceae fruits: The modern caropological Collection. Rev Paleobot Palynol 2014; 201:56-74.

Magni PA, Borrini M, Dadour IR. Human remains found in two wells: a forensic entomology perspective. Forensic Sci Med Pathol 2013. 9:413–417.

Magni PA, Pérez Bañón C, Borrini M, Dadour IR. Syritta pipiens (Diptera: Syrphidae), a new species associated with human cadavers. Forensic Sci Int 2013. 231:e19–e23.

Magni PA, Leighton AD, Guercini S, Dadour IR. Forensic entomologists: an evaluation of their status. J Insect Sci 2013. 13(78) 1-9.

Magni PA, Harvey ML, Saravo L, Dadour IR. Entomological evidence: lessons to be learnt from a cold case review. Forensic Sci Int 2012. 223: e31–e34.

Di Luise E, Magni PA, Staiti N, Spitaleri S, Romano C. Genotyping of human nuclear DNA recovered from the alimentary canal of fly larvae. Forensic Sci  Int: Genetics Supplement Series, 2008. 1: 591-592.

OTHER ARTICLES

Magni P. Mosche… poliziotto. News Ricerca in Oasis 2007 (171) 107. (Forensic entomology article in an Italian natural science magazine).

Magni P. Entomologia Forense: insetti sulla scena del crimine. Piemonte Parchi, XXI, 2006 (9-160) 33-35. (Forensic entomology article in an Italian natural science magazine).

BOOKS                                                                                                             

Magni P, Massimelli M, Messina R, Mazzucco P, Di Luise E. Entomologia Forense – Gli insetti nelle indagini giudiziarie e medico-legali. Minerva Medica, Sept. 2008; 267 pp. (Forensic entomology didactical book).

Magni PA, Dadour I. Forensic science and investigation in aquatic environments. Springer (2017). In preparation.

BOOK CHAPTERS                                                                                           

Magni P, Di Luise E. Gli insetti nelle scienze forensi. In: Curtotti D, Saravo L. Le investigazioni sulla scena del crimine. Norme, tecniche, scienze. G. Giappichelli Editore 2013; 719-742. (Chapter of forensic entomology in a crime scene manual with both technical and legal aspects).

Magni P, Di Luise E. Le tracce orfane: botanica, micologia, zoologia, microbiologia e geoscience nel mondo forense. In: In: Curtotti D, Saravo L. Le investigazioni sulla scena del crimine. Norme, tecniche, scienze. G. Giappichelli Editore 2013; 743-789. (Chapter of forensic botany, mycology zoology, microbiology and geoscience in a crime scene manual with both technical and legal aspects).

Scolaro S, Magni P, Di Luise E. La scena criminis in ambiente acquatico. In: Curtotti D, Saravo L. Le investigazioni sulla scena del crimine. Norme, tecniche, scienze. G. Giappichelli Editore 2013; 897-925. (Chapter of crime scene in water environment in a crime scene manual with both technical and legal aspects).

Magni PA, Di Maggio RM. Scienze naturali ad applicazione forense (zoologia, botanica e geoscienze). In: Valli RVO. Le Indagini scientifiche nel processo penale. Giuffrè Ed. 2013; 709-728. (Chapter of natural sciences applied to the crime scene in a crime scene manual focused mostly on legal aspects).

Magni P. Il contributo di entomologia e limnologia alle indagini medico legali. In: Messina R, editor. Autopsie medico legali, tecnica e diagnostica. Minerva Medica 2010; cap. VIII (Chapter of forensic entomology and limnology in an autopsy manual).

Magni P, Jourdan S. Entomologia Forense: la disciplina classica e i suoi nuovi sviluppi. Trattato di Medicina Legale e Scienze Affini diretto da Giusto Giusti. CEDAM 2008; Vol IX, Cap. CCLXIV, pp 37-62. (Forensic entomology update chapter in the major Italian legal medicine encyclopedia).

Magni P, Di Luise E. Entomologia Forense: gli insetti sulla scena del crimine. In: “Manuale di investigazione Criminale” a cura di Marco Strano. Nuovo Studio Tecna ed., March 2008. (Chapter of forensic entomology in a Criminal investigation Handbook).

Magni P. Entomologia Forense: gli insetti a servizio della Giustizia. In: “Insecta – Scienza e arte tra forme e Colori” Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino, January 2008; pp. 55-57. (Forensic entomology chapter in the official book of the exhibition “Insecta” in the Natural History Museum of Turin).

Di Luise E, Magni P, Saravo L. Gli insetti a servizio degli inquirenti. Rassegna dell’Arma dei Carabinieri, January-March 2007; vol. 1, pp. 129-201. (An introduction chapter of forensic entomology in Italian law enforcement – Ministry of Defense Official Publication).

Dadour IR, Harvey M, Magni PA. Other forensic science applications – Entomotoxicology, GSR studies, Aquatic FE, Paleoentomology & Archaeoentomology. In: Morris B, Harvey M, Dadour IR. Forensic Entomology: Theory and Practice. Springer. Submitted to the Editor for review.