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KRISTEN FINCH USES TO FORENSICS FOR WOOD IDENTIFICATION

 Summary

  • Kristen Finch, a lab technician at the US Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory, is using the Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART-TOFMS) machine to determine the full chemical profiles of wood samples.
  • Her team has found that the chemical composition of wood core samples varied between wood collected in the Coast range of Oregon state and the Cascades range, both in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
  • If DART-TOFMS can accurately and reliably provide species and geographic source wood identification, it would be the fastest and most cost-effective tool for wood identification, a key step in reducing illegal logging.

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