Title

Forensic Entomology: Investigating Death using Insects

Date

5-26-2016 3:15 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 4:00 PM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Department

Chemistry

Session Chair

Arlene Courtney

Session Title

Chemistry Capstone Seminars

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Arlene Courtney

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Forensic entomology is the study and application of insects and other arthropods in criminal investigations. The concept of forensic entomology dates back to China in the 13th century; however, only in the last 30 years has forensic entomology been used as a source of evidence in criminal investigations. Insects, mostly flies and beetles, are attracted to a human body almost immediately after the body begins to decompose. By studying the types of insects found on the body and the stages in larval development, forensic scientists are able to determine the time of death, cause of death, and a change in position of the corpse.This seminar will discuss these applications of entomology in forensic investigation, as well as other applications, such as the detection of drugs and toxins within a decomposing body.

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May 26th, 3:15 PM May 26th, 4:00 PM

Forensic Entomology: Investigating Death using Insects

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Forensic entomology is the study and application of insects and other arthropods in criminal investigations. The concept of forensic entomology dates back to China in the 13th century; however, only in the last 30 years has forensic entomology been used as a source of evidence in criminal investigations. Insects, mostly flies and beetles, are attracted to a human body almost immediately after the body begins to decompose. By studying the types of insects found on the body and the stages in larval development, forensic scientists are able to determine the time of death, cause of death, and a change in position of the corpse.This seminar will discuss these applications of entomology in forensic investigation, as well as other applications, such as the detection of drugs and toxins within a decomposing body.