Elected: 2019
Discipline: Earth Sciences and Chemistry
Professor Lorna Dawson CBE FRSE

Principal Scientific Officer, Head of Soil Forensic Science Group, James Hutton Institute.

Professor Lorna Dawson pioneered the discipline of forensic soil science globally. She is an Honorary Professor at Robert Gordon University, Chartered Scientist, Fellow of the Institute of British Soil Scientists, FRSA and Advisor to the Scottish Government SEFARI Strategic Research Programme. She is a registered expert with the National Crime Agency and works with police forces, lawyers and agencies in soil-trace-evidence provision and regularly attends court as an expert witness. Lorna is passionate about the effective communication of science, is on the BSA General Committee and her opinion is widely sought on aspects of soil science and forensic science in various media, including news, education and drama. In 2017 she was awarded the Pride of Britain Special Recognition award.