Title

Decomposition: An Entomological Approach

Date

5-26-2016 11:00 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 1:00 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Criminal Justice

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Forensic Anthropology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Misty Weitzel

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

This purpose of this project is to examine the process of decomposition and insect activity in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. Over the course of two weeks, we will examine three different sets of remains of chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus). The first set of remains will be exposed above ground. The second set of remains will be above ground but will be covered with cloth as to simulate someone wearing clothing. The third set of remains will be buried roughly 10 cm below ground. Every other day insect activity and decomposition stages will be observed, with the exception of the third set of remains, which will be exhumed at the end of the project. Insect samples will also be taken for identification. Two temperature readings will be taken upon each examination of remains: a local reading of the weather from the nearest weather station and a temperature reading using a handheld thermostat. By collecting data from the remains, we hope to gain a better perspective of decomposition within the Willamette Valley region.

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May 26th, 11:00 AM May 26th, 1:00 PM

Decomposition: An Entomological Approach

WUC Pacific Room

This purpose of this project is to examine the process of decomposition and insect activity in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. Over the course of two weeks, we will examine three different sets of remains of chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus). The first set of remains will be exposed above ground. The second set of remains will be above ground but will be covered with cloth as to simulate someone wearing clothing. The third set of remains will be buried roughly 10 cm below ground. Every other day insect activity and decomposition stages will be observed, with the exception of the third set of remains, which will be exhumed at the end of the project. Insect samples will also be taken for identification. Two temperature readings will be taken upon each examination of remains: a local reading of the weather from the nearest weather station and a temperature reading using a handheld thermostat. By collecting data from the remains, we hope to gain a better perspective of decomposition within the Willamette Valley region.