Associate Professor

Available to supervise Higher Degree by Research students


Personal profile


Dr Jurian Hoogewerff studied geochemistry (M.Sc.) and volcanology (Ph.D.) at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands (1984-1993). The emphasis of his work was, and still is, using inorganic elemental and isotope ratio analysis to trace any natural material to its geographical origin.

During his PhD research he investigated the contribution of the Australian crust to volcanism in Eastern Indonesia.  
In 1993 Dr Hoogewerff joined the Department of Health Sciences of University Maastricht to teach environmental sciences and develop tracers for the origin of pollutants from their source to environmental and biological targets including human tissues.  Dr Hoogewerff transferred to the Geotechnical Institute Arsenal Research in Vienna in 1996 where he continued his environmental exposure research, combining epidemiological data with newly created geochemical maps. Here he also started to apply his techniques for forensic casework and archaeological provenancing. His study on 5000 year old "Otzi" was the first isotope study on the Tyrolean Iceman.

With an EU grant in 1999 Dr Hoogewerff established the global analytical forensic network NITECRIME that included major national forensic research institutes like the NFI, BKA, US Customs and FBI. In 2006 NITECRIME almagated with the Forensic Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry network and Dr Hoogewerff was involved in its management until 2014. In 2000 Dr Hoogewerff moved to the Institute of Food Research in Norwich to manage their isotope facility for food forensics applications and human metabolism studies. Together with other colleagues he initiated the EU funded TRACE project (Euro20M) using the compositional links between soil and food for determining the geographical origin of food products to combat counterfeiting.

Dr Hoogewerff was Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia in Norwich UK from 2006 to 2011 and developed and managed their "Forensic and Investigative Chemistry" four year MChem program. In September 2011 he relocated to Dunedin in New Zealand and first served one year as part-time Chief Scientist and Co-Director of Oritain Ltd. and then continued as Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago to expand their Forensic Analytical Science Program until December 2014.

In January 2015 Dr Hoogewerff moved to the National Centre for Forensic Studies in Canberra. Presently he convenes the on-campus units “Environmental and Forensic Geochemistry” and “Forensic Chemistry” and is involved in a number of other On-Campus and Online units.

Dr. Hoogewerff is actively engaged in forensic casework and contributed to 58 scientific papers and over 80 conference presentations including many invited keynotes. 

Research interests

 Research at UC

  • Forensic geochemical mapping of soils in the ACT, Taiwan and Europe.
  • Determination of VOC degassing of museum display case construction materials.
  • Spectral imaging of paintings to detect restoration histories and possible underpaintings.  
  • Development of spectral imaging using autonomous drones.

Research in collaboration with Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER) .

  • Detection of soils contaminated by human body fluids in collaboration.
  • Detection of illicit graves using static and airborne spectral imaging in collaboration with UC Engineering, including monitoring of graves sites.
  • Detection of human tissue decay using NIR spectroscopy.
  • Sound ecology around human remains to monitor insect invasion.
  • Determination of human bone turnover rates using natural isotope systems during life and decay after life. 

Recent media highlights:

May 2017 Isdal Woman Case Norway

BBC Online: Isdal Woman Case

ABC Radio RN Drive: Isdal Woamn Case 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Utrecht University

Master, Utrecht University

External positions

Vice-president ANZFSS ACT Branch, ANZFFS

2015 → …

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Research Output 2015 2017

Economy and fashion: Analysing the use of simulated leather upholstery in a nineteenth century Australian coach

Ison, N., WAIN, A. & HOOGEWERFF, J. 2017 In : Heritage Science. 5, 1, p. 1-15 15 p.

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5 Citations

Distribution of toxic elements and transfer from the environment to humans traced by using lead

Cicchella, D., HOOGEWERFF, J., Albanese, S., Adamo, P., Lima, A., Taiani, M. & De Vivo, B. 2016 In : Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 38, 2, p. 619-637 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
6 Citations

The regional geochemical baseline soil survey of southern New Zealand: Design and initial interpretation

Martín, Á., Turnbull, R., Rattenbury, M., Cohen, D., HOOGEWERFF, J., Rogers, K., Baisden, W. & Christie, A. B. 2016 In : Journal of Geochemical Exploration. 167, p. 70-82 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Soil surveys
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soil survey
22 Citations

GEMAS: Cobolt, Cr, Cu and Ni distribution in agricultural and grazing land soil of Europe

Albanese, S., Sadeghi, M., Cicchella, D., Dinelli, E., Valera, P., Falconi, M., Demetriades, A., De Vivo, B., Team, G. E. M. A. S. & HOOGEWERFF, J. 2015 In : Journal of Geochemical Exploration. 154, p. 81-93 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

last glaciation
ultramafic rock
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GEMAS: Indium in agricultural and grazing land soil of Europe - Its source and geochemical distribution

Lademberger, A., Demetriades, A., Reimann, C., Birke, M., Sadeghi, M., Uhlback, J., Andersson, M., Jonsson, E., Team, G. E. M. A. S. & HOOGEWERFF, J. 2015 In : Journal of Geochemical Exploration. 154, p. 61-80 20 p.

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