Dr Xanthe Mallett

Lecturer, School of Cognitive, Behavioural & Social Sciences, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences

Xanthe Mallett

Phone: +61 2 6773 3992

Email: xmallett@une.edu.au

Academic

Qualifications

BSc (Bradford), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Sheffield).

Research Interests

Xanthè's research interests relate to the behavior patterns of pedophiles, and specifically the use of the Internet as a distribution mechanism between groups of individuals involved in child sexual abuse.  Dr Mallett also continues to investigate the quantifiable assessment of the human hands, also in relation to investigating cases of alleged child sexual abuse.  Currently she is developing an innovative research stream relating to hand comparison analysis using various shape and pattern-based systems. She also undertakes research into social responses to experts and the evidence they provide in criminal proceedings, and extraneous influences on evidential evaluation by the public, including perceived prejudice and bias in decision making.

Xanth has also worked on a major collaborative biometrics project in association with the FBI, relating to facial recognition, and she maintains an interest in this area.  This work is based in the fact that faces are thought to be very individuating, but their use in court to identify potential criminals has remained problematic as no method of comparison – with associated known error rates – has been accepted by the relevant scientific community.  She is particularly interested in the legal admissibility of these evidence types.

Further Information

Supervision Areas

Forensic anthropology, human craniofacial biometrics, behavior patterns of pedophiles, the use of the Internet in child sexual abuse.

Representative Publications

Barron, D. and X. Mallett, The Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster, April 15, 1989, in The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice, Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 109-125.

Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US.

Black, S.M., X. Mallett, C. Rynn, and N. Duffield, Forensic Hand Image Comparison as an Aid for Paedophile Investigations. Police Professional, 2009. 184: p. 21-24.

Brunskill, S. and X. Mallett, Operation Lund -Morecombe Bay Cockling Disaster, February 5, 2004, in The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice, Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 207-222.

Dawson, C., D. Ross, and X. Mallett, Sex Determination, in Forensic Anthropology: 2000-2010, S.M. Black and E. Ferguson, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 61-94.

Evison, M.P., I. Dryden, N.R.J. Fieller, X.D.G. Mallett, L. Morecroft, D. Schofield, and R.W. Vorder Bruegge, Key Parameters of Face Shape Variation in 3D in a Large Sample. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2010. 55: p. 159-162.

Galloway, G. and X. Mallett, The Lockerbie Bombing, December 21, 1988, in The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice, Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 89-107.

Mallett, X., Admissibility, in Computer-Aided Forensic Facial Comparison, M.P. Evison and R.W. Vorder Bruegge, Editors. 2010, Taylor & Francis: New York. p. 139-145.

Mallett, X. Is This the Face of Jack the Ripper? For the BBC (Eurpoe) online magazine. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14207581

Mallett, X.D.G., Facial Identification for the Courts: Science, statistics and law. 2006, University of Sheffield: Sheffield, UK.

Mallett, X.D.G., I. Dryden, R.W. Vorder Bruegge, and M.P. Evison, An Exploration of Sample Representativeness in Anthropometric Facial Comparison. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2010. 55: p. 1025-1031.

Mallett, X. & Evison, M. 2006. Topical Issues in Forensic Statistics. Indian Journal of Physical Anthropology and Genetics, 25, 259-273.

Randolph-Quinney, P.S., X. Mallett, and S. Black, Forensic Anthropology, in Wiley Encyclopaedia of Forensic Sciences, Volume 1, A. Jamieson, Editor. 2009, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: pp. 152-178: Chichester. p. 152-178.

Walker, G. and X. Mallett, The Marchioness River Boat Disaster, August 20, 1989, in The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice, Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 127-141.

Walker, G. and X. Mallett, Rail Incidents, in The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice, Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 173-188.

Walker, G. and X. Mallett, London Bus and Underground Bombings, July 7, 2005, in The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice, Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 223-237.

Public Outreach

Dr Xanth Mallett has over 8 years experience as a forensic anthropologist.  In her professional capacity as a forensic anthropologist, she has undertaken casework and research.  A number of high profile cases have recently been covered in the national and international press in which pedophiles were successfully prosecuted, partially as a result of hand comparison evidence produced by the human identification team at the Centre in Dundee, UK, of which Dr Mallett was a member.

She is also actively involved in educational outreach, aiming to engage young people with the basic sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics), and encourage uptake throughout educational careers and on in to industry.

As part of her outreach activity, she has presented three television series focusing on using forensic human identification techniques to learn about archaeological remains, two for the BBC in the UK (aired 2010 and 2011), and one for National Geographic Channel in the US (airing 2012), as well as a piece for BBC1's National Treasures television program (2011).  She has given numerous radio and television interviews, and publishes in academic journals, books, as well as in popular media.

  • 2010 – BBC2 History Cold Case, UK Series 1

Xanthe was a contributor to this 4-part televised documentary series shown on BBC2 and National Geographic channels.  The first part of the series aired at 21:00 on 06/05/2010, then weekly for three weeks, and was aimed at engaging the general public with science and history.  The series focuses on the analysis of skeletal remains, and is an engaging synergy between science and history.  A book may be produced to accompany the series

http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/comingup/history-cold-case/

  • 2010 – BBC2 History Cold Case, UK Series 2

Contributor to a 4-part televised documentary series shown on BBC2 and National Geographic channels.  The first part aired at 21:00 on 23/06/2011, then weekly for three weeks.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0128jqw

  • 2011 – National Geographic Channel History Cold Case, US Series 1

Contributor to a 4-part televised documentary series to be shown on the National Geographic Channel airing between October and December 2011.  A book may be produced to accompany the series.

  • 2011 – BBC1 National Treasures

Presenter, historic piece on Jack the Ripper as part of a 'magazine-style' format, putting science at the heart of BBC1's programmin airing at 19:30 on 31/08/2011.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014b7f1

Interviews

  • 2009

Bid to Identify Murder Victim – BBC Television News Interview – 26/03/2009

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/school_report/7966906.stm

  • 2010

History Cold Case – Interview for a written article in the Sunday Mail – 19/06/2011

History Cold Case – Interview for a written article in the Jewish Chronicle

History Cold Case – BBC Radio Norfolk – 23/06/2011

History Cold Case – BBC Radio York – 30/06/2011

History Cold Case – BBC Radio York – 08/07/2011

History Cold Case – Radio Tay, Dundee – 13/07/2011

Is this the face of Jack the Ripper? – Radio Tay, Dundee – 30/08/2011

Is this the face of Jack the Ripper? – BBC Radio Scotland – 31/08/2011

British Ripper expert unmasks face of suspect – Toronto Star – 07/09/2011