Firearm and Toolmark Examiner
Nichols Forensic Science Consulting
Ronald Nichols has 28+ years of experience as a firearm and toolmark examiner at the local and federal levels in accredited laboratories. He has several publications routinely referenced in published court decisions with respect to Daubert and Frye evidentiary hearings. He has testified in over 100 criminal cases and evidentiary hearings involving firearm and tool mark evidence at the state and federal levels. He is recognized as one of the leading experts in communicating the scientific foundations of the firearm and tool mark discipline to both technical and lay audiences providing training and consultation nationally and internationally, including on behalf of the United Nations. He brings 17+ years of experience developing training curricula, modules and workshops and providing training in various national and international venues for new and experienced examiners and technicians. With his expertise and training in ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020, he is one of the primary architects of the successful redesign of a nationwide ballistic information network. His primary area of focus is on the implementation of more timely forensic-based strategies while remaining within accreditation guidelines. Most recently he has authored Firearm and Toolmark Identification: The Scientific Reliability of the Forensic Science Discipline available through Academic Press and Building a Preventive Crime Gun Strategy available through Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology.