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Forensic Entomology
International Dimensions and Frontiers

ISBN 9781466572409
Published March 3, 2015 by CRC Press
468 Pages - 65 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The use of forensic entomology has become established as a global science. Recent efforts in the field bridge multiple disciplines including, but not limited to, microbiology, chemistry, genetics, and systematics as well as ecology and evolution. The first book of its kind, Forensic Entomology: International Dimensions and Frontiers provides an inclusive summary of worldwide research on this body of knowledge that integrates aspects of a wide range of scientific realms.

The book first reviews the history of forensic entomology, its accomplishments, and future challenges in nations around the world. It then provides perspectives of other scientific disciplines that are shaping the questions being addressed in the field. With an emphasis on medicolegal investigations, the book:

  • Provides countrywide and regionally relevant syntheses on the current state and future of forensic entomology worldwide
  • Presents insight from up-and-coming entomologists who offer new perspectives on the field while acknowledging their predecessors’ contributions and foundational work
  • Highlights both established and newly emerging areas of forensic entomology research that provide the foundation and future of this exciting discipline
  • Discusses the success of forensic entomology and identifies key challenges to current work and practice
  • Supplies an internationally cohesive perspective to emerging multidisciplinary dimensions and frontiers of forensic entomology

The book is designed to provide readers with a firm appreciation of the history of forensic entomology and the scientists who built its foundation in each of the countries presented. In doing so, it is destined to inspire new and exciting global collaboration among established researchers and newcomers to the field.

Table of Contents

History, Accomplishments, and Challenges of Forensic Entomology in Australasia

Introduction to Australasian Chapters; James F. Wallman

China; Wang Jiangfeng

Malaysia; Nazni Wasi Ahmad, Lee Han Lim, Chew Wai Kian, Roziah Ali, John Jeffery, and Heo Chong Chin

Thailand; Kabkaew L. Sukontason and Kom Sukontason

India; Meenakshi Bharti

Australia and New Zealand; James F. Wallman and Melanie S. Archer

History, Accomplishments, and Challenges of Forensic Entomology in Europe

Introduction to European Chapters; Martin J. R. Hall

Poland; Daria Bajerlein, Szymon Konwerski, Szymon Matuszewski, and Krzysztof Szpila

United Kingdom; Martin J. R. Hall, Amoret P. Whitaker, and Andrew J. Hart

Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg; Luc Bourguignon, Yves Braet, Françoise Hubrecht, and Sofie Vanpoucke

Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark; Anders Lindström

France; Damien Charabidze and Emmanuel Gaudry

Austria, Switzerland, and Germany; Jens Amendt, Daniel Cherix, and Martin Grassberger

Italy; Simonetta Lambiase and M. Denise Gemmellaro

Spain; Marta I. Saloña-Bordas, Concepción Magaña-Loarte, and Ana M. García-Rojo

History, Accomplishments, and Challenges of Forensic Entomology in Africa

Africa; Martin H. Villet

History, Accomplishments, and Challenges of Forensic Entomology in the Americas

South America; Thiago C. Moretti and Wesley A. C. Godoy

North America; John R. Wallace, Jason H. Byrd, Hélène N. LeBlanc, and Valerie J. Cervenka

Dimensions and Frontiers of Forensic Entomology

Experimental Design, Inferential Statistics, and Computer Modeling; Gaétan Moreau, Jean-Philippe Michaud, and Kenneth G. Schoenly

Bayesian Statistics and Predictive Modeling; Anders Lindström and Gunnar Andersson

Forensic and Decomposition Microbiology; Tawni L. Crippen and Baneshwar Singh

Methodologies in Forensic and Decomposition Microbiology; Baneshwar Singh and Tawni L. Crippen

Applications of Soil Chemistry in Forensic Entomology; Jacqueline A. Aitkenhead-Peterson, Michael B. Alexander, Joan A. Bytheway, David O. Carter, and Daniel J. Wescott

Molecular Biology in Forensic Entomology; Aaron M. Tarone, Baneshwar Singh, and Christine J. Picard

Engineering and Forensic Entomology; Glen C. Rains, Jeffery K. Tomberlin, and Robin Fencott

Behavioral Ecology and Forensic Entomology; Michelle R. Sanford, Jeffery K. Tomberlin, and Sherah L. VanLaerhoven

Community Ecology; Jennifer L. Pechal and M. Eric Benbow

Surface Hydrocarbons as min-PMI Indicators. Fit for Purpose?

Hannah E. Moore and Falko P. Drijfhout

Standard Practices; Jens Amendt, Gail Anderson, Carlo P. Campobasso, Ian Dadour, Emmanuel Gaudry,

Martin J. R. Hall, Thiago C. Moretti, Kabkaew L. Sukontason, and Martin H. Villet

International Collaborations and Training; Beryl Morris, Michelle Harvey, and Ian Dadour

Current Global Trends and Frontiers; Jeffery K. Tomberlin and M. Eric Benbow


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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.

Dr. M. Eric Benbow is an assistant professor in the Departments of Entomology and Osteopathic Medical Specialties at the Michigan State University. The research in his laboratory focuses on microbial–invertebrate community interactions in aquatic ecosystems, disease systems, and carrion ecology and evolution. All of these research foci use basic science to inform applications in forensics. He is regularly invited as a speaker at international and national academic meetings related to forensic entomology and has led workshops at the international level discussing experimental design, statistical analyses, and the importance of novel basic ecological concepts in advancing the field of forensic entomology.


"I found each of the chapters to be well-written. The editors succeeded in compiling much of the history, current state, and future of forensic entomology and its related fields for this book. Overall, I found Forensic Entomology: International Dimensions and Frontiers to be very informative. It is an overview of the state-of-the-art of forensic sciences related to medicolegal entomology. Anyone interested in studying forensic entomology could glean a great deal (the good and the bad) from reading this book."
—Susan V. Gruner, University of Florida, in Florida Entomologist