Organization of Scientific Area
Committees (OSAC) has appointed Mr.
Martinez as the the Subcommittee Chair
on Gunshot Residue on October, 2014.
The Subcommittee on Gunshot Residue will
focus on standards and guidelines
related to analyses of evidence that
results from the deposition of or
physical transfer of small or minute
quantities of gunshot residue.
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official website of Michael V. Martinez, MSFS- Forensic
Scientist Supervisor specializing in the analysis and legal
interpretation of Trace Evidence.
2005, Mr. Martinez was honored as one of the top "20
Scientists Who Have Helped Shape Our World". This
prestigious acknowledgment was presented by The National
Science Resources Center-NSRC, an organization formed by the
Smithsonian Institution, and the National Academies in 1985.
Mr. Martinez has been invited as a distinguished guest
lecturer on the subject of primer gunshot residue (P-GSR) to
European Union members of the European Network of Forensic
Science Institutes (ENFSI) Conferences held in Germany,
Denmark and Croatia.
Mr. Martinez has also provided lectures to the Congress of
the Brazilian Society for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CBMM)
and provided highly specialized training to the Royal
Thailand Police (RTP) and Central Institute of Forensic
In addition, Mr. Martinez has given a well received lecture
to the Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference in San
Mr. Martinez is held in high regard as a guest lecturer,
trainer and consultant to many interested in the Forensic
aspects of Forensic Trace Evidence Analysis and currently
sits as co-chairman to the newly formed
Group of Gunshot Residue (SWGGSR), and is a distinguished
member in good standing with the
Southwestern Association of
Forensic Scientists (SWAFS).
Martinez has also been featured on three episodes of the
critically acclaimed, award winning television series
Forensic Files seen in 142 countries worldwide and
distributed in the United States on
"Forensic Files is a pioneer in the field of fact-based,
high-tech, dramatic storytelling. This series of television
programs delves into the world of forensic science,
profiling intriguing crimes, accidents, and outbreaks of
disease from around the world."
Episodes featuring Mr. Martinez
- CRITICAL MANEUVER;
- INSULATED EVIDENCE;
- SHATTERED INNOCENCE;
Mr. Martinez has also
provided his experience in an advisory capacity to CNN
Headline News the
Mr. Martinez provides
forensic services in criminal investigation cases for over
160 law enforcement agencies throughout Texas, Oklahoma,
Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada, Montana, Wisconsin,
Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, New York,
New Jersey, for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Royal Cayman
Islands Police Force, and the Royal Virgin Islands Police
In addition, Mr. Martinez is
a court accepted expert witness for many state and local
municipalities in Texas, Nevada, Minnesota, Washington,
Louisiana, New York, South Dakota, for the U.S. Federal
Courts, the United Kingdom/British West Indies of the Cayman
Islands and has provided expert consultation and/or
testimony to many high profile criminal cases.
Specific areas of expertise include microscopic
characteristics and comparisons of natural fibers, synthetic
fibers, human hair and animal hair identification, primer
gunshot residue (P-GSR) analysis, gunshot residue- (GSR)
distance determination and gunpowder identification,
explosive residue identification, post-blast investigation
and collection of evidence, physical match comparisons,
forensic glass analysis and comparison, paint identification
and composition, digital photography and general crime scene
About the Author
Martinez is a Forensic Scientist Supervisor in charge of the
Trace Evidence Section for the Bexar County Criminal
Investigation Laboratory located in San Antonio, Texas. Mr.
Martinez has earned a Masters of Science Degree in Forensic
Science (MSFS) as well as an extensively impressive array of
specialized training achieved throughout his successful
career in the field of Forensics (view
Mr. Martinez presides as president and founder of the
for Microanalysis (IAMA), co-chairman
Scientific Working Group
for Primer Gunshot Residue (SWGGSR), distinguished
member in good standing and former the board of directors
for the Southwestern
Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS), has served
on the education and training committee and vendor co-chair
for the Technical Working
Group for Fire and Explosives(TWGFEX), and is credited
for developing the first Texas state accredited academic
associates degree program in Forensic Science for San
Antonio College (SAC).
In addition, Mr.
Martinez has also contributed extensively to the volunteer
community. His experience would
serving as a Crisis Center suicide prevention counselor
(1995-1996), American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
(1984), American Red Cross Health and Safety Instructor
(1991-1997), American Red Cross Disaster Service specialized
technician and instructor (1993-2004) and American Red Cross
CPR and First Aide Instructor Trainer (2000-2005).