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In Memoriam







Introduction: Current Perceptions and Status of Forensic Entomology

Chapter 1 General Entomology and Basic Arthropod Biology Adrienne Brundage Chapter 2 Insects of Forensic Importance Jason H. Byrd and Jeffery K. Tomberlin Chapter 3 Entomological Evidence Collections Methods: American Board of Forensic Entomology Approved Protocols Michelle R. Sanford, Jason H. Byrd, Jeffery K. Tomberlin, and John R. Wallace Chapter 4 Laboratory-Rearing of Forensic Insects Jason H. Byrd and Jeffery K. Tomberlin Chapter 5 Factors That Influence Insect Succession on Carrion Gail S. Anderson Chapter 6 Invertebrate Succession in Natural Terrestrial Environments Philip S. Barton, Melanie S. Archer, Maria-Martina Quaggiotto, and James F. Wallman Chapter 7 The Role of Aquatic Organisms in Forensic Investigations John R. Wallace and Richard W. Merritt Chapter 8 Recovering Buried Bodies and Surface Scatter: The Associated Anthropological, Botanical, and Entomological Evidence Heather A. Walsh-Haney, Alison Galloway, and Jason H. Byrd Chapter 9 Estimating the Postmortem Interval Jeffrey D. Wells and Lynn R. LaMotte Chapter 10 Insect Development as It Relates to Forensic Entomology Aaron M. Tarone and Joshua B. Benoit Chapter 11 Molecular Genetic Methods for Forensic Entomology Jamie R. Stevens, Christine J. Picard, and Jeffrey D. Wells Chapter 12 The Soil Environment and Forensic Entomology Sasha C. Voss, Shari L. Forbes, and Ian R. Dadour Chapter 13 Advances in Entomotoxicology: Weaknesses and Strengths Carlo P. Campobasso, Valentina Bugelli, Anna Carfora, Renata Borriello, and Martin Villet Chapter 14 Is PMI the Hypothesis or the Null Hypothesis? Michelle R. Sanford and Aaron M. Tarone Chapter 15 The Forensic Entomologist as Expert Witness Robert D. Hall Chapter 16 Livestock Entomology Justin Talley and Erika Machtinger Chapter 17 Ecological Theory of Community Assembly and Its Application in Forensic Entomology Sherah L. VanLaerhoven Chapter 18 Forensic Meteorology: The Science of Applying Weather Observations to Civil and Criminal Litigation John R. Scala and John R. Wallace Chapter 19 Entomological Alteration of Bloodstain Evidence M. Anderson Parker, Stacey L. Sneider, Shayne A. Smithey, Mark Benecke, and Jason H. Byrd Chapter 20 Keys to the Genera and Species of Blow Flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) of America, North of Mexico Terry Whitworth Chapter 21 The Use of Entomological Evidence in Analyzing Cases of Neglect and Abuse in Humans and Animals Gail S. Anderson Chapter 22 Acarology in Crimino-Legal Investigations: The Human Acarofauna During Life and Death M. Alejandra Perotti and Henk R. Braig Chapter 23 Wildlife Forensic Entomology Gail S. Anderson and Jason H. Byrd Chapter 24 The Role of Decomposition Volatile Organic Compounds in Chemical Ecology Helene N. LeBlanc, Katelynn A. Perrault, and Julie Ly Chapter 25 Forensic Entomology and the Microbiome M. Eric Benbow and Jennifer L. Pechal Chapter 26 Urban Entomology Robert T. Puckett and Jeffery K. Tomberlin Chapter 27 Larvae of the North American Calyptratae Flies of Forensic Importance Krzysztof Szpila and Andrzej Grzywacz Chapter 28 The Professional History of Forensic Entomology M. Denise Gemmellaro and Lauren M. Weidner Chapter 29 Practical Considerations for Teaching Forensic Entomology Elizabeth Butin, David Rivers, and John R. Wallace

About the Author

Dr. Jason H. Byrd, PhD, D-ABFE, is a board-certified forensic entomologist and diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. He is the current vice president of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, and the current president of the North American Forensic Entomology Association. He is the first person to be elected president of both professional North American forensic entomology associations. Dr. Byrd is a bureau chief with the Florida Division of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and he serves as the associate director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine. At the University of Florida, he instructs courses in forensic science at the University of Florida's nationally recognized Hume Honors College. He is also a faculty member of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine. Outside of academics Dr. Byrd serves as an administrative officer within the National Disaster Medical System, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region IV. He also serves as the logistics chief for the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System. Currently he serves as a subject editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology. He has published numerous scientific articles on the use and application of entomological evidence in legal investigations. Dr. Byrd has combined his formal academic training in entomology and forensic science to serve as a consultant and educator in both criminal and civil legal investigations throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Byrd specializes in the education of law enforcement officials, medical examiners, coroners, attorneys, and other death investigators on the use and applicability of arthropods in legal investigations. His research efforts have focused on the development and behavior of insects that have forensic importance, and he has over 15 years experience in the collection and analysis of entomological evidence. Dr. Byrd is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Jeffery Keith Tomberlin is an associate professor and co-director of the Forensic & Investigative Sciences Program and principal investigator of the Forensic Laboratory for Investigative Entomological Sciences (FLIES) facility at Texas A&M University. Research in the FLIES facility examines species interactions on ephemeral resources such as vertebrate carrion, decomposing plant material, and animal wastes to better understand the mechanisms regulating arthropod behavior related to arrival, colonization, and succession patterns. His research is also focused on waste management in confined animal facilities and the production of alternate protein sources for use as livestock, poultry, and aquaculture feed.


"extraordinarily useful for law enforcement personnel, medical examiners, and coroners, and for trial testimony and deposition." William F. Hamilton, M.D., Medical Examiner, District 8, State of Florida "forensic entomology in criminal investigations, there is much of interest for the more general reader, whether entomologist, pathologist or general physician. well organized and producedMoreover, it is, given CRC's reputation for expensive books, surprisingly good value for money." -Annals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology, Vol. 95, No. 6, 637-640 (2001)

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