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Forensic Entomology

The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations, Third Edition, 3rd Edition

Edited by Jason H. Byrd, Jeffery K. Tomberlin

CRC Press

572 pages

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Forensic Entomology: The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations, Third Edition continues in the tradition of the two best-selling prior editions and maintains its status as the single-most comprehensive book on Forensic Entomology currently available. It includes current, in-the-field best practices contributed by top professionals in the field who have advanced it through research and fieldwork over the last several decades.

The use of entomology in crime scene and forensic investigations has never been more prevalent or useful given the work that can be done with entomological evidence. The book recounts briefly the many documented historical applications of forensic entomology over several thousand years. Chapters examine the biological foundations of insect biology and scientific underpinnings of forensic entomology, the principles that govern utilizing insects in legal and criminal investigations. The field today is diverse, both in topics studied, researched and practiced, as is the field of professionals that has expanded throughout the world to become a vital forensic sub-discipline.

Forensic Entomology, Third Edition celebrates this diversity by including several new chapters by premier experts in the field that covers such emerging topics as wildlife forensic entomology, microbiomes, urban forensic entomology, and larval insect identification, many of which are covered in depth for the first time. The book will be an invaluable reference for investigators, legal professionals, researchers, practicing and aspiring forensic entomologists, and for the many students enrolled in forensic science and entomology university programs.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. General Entomology and Basic Arthropod Biology, James L. Castner

Chapter 2. A Guide to Insects of Forensic Importance. Jason H. Byrd and James L. Castner

Chapter 3. Collection of Entomological Evidence During Death Investigations, Michelle Sanford, Jason H. Byrd, Jeff K. Tomberlin, 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. Insect Succession in a Natural Environment, James Wallman and Melanie Archer

Chapter 7. The Role of Aquatic Insects in Forensic Investigations, Richard W. Merritt and John W. Wallace

Chapter 8. Recovery of Anthropological, Botanical, and Entomological Evidence,

from Buried Bodies and Surface Scatter, Heather A. Walsh-Haney, Alison Galloway, and Jason H. Byrd

Chapter 9. Postmortem Interval Estimations, Gaétan Moreau and JP Michaud

Chapter 10. Insect Development and Forensic Entomology, Aaron Tarone and Josh Benoit

Chapter 11. The Soil Environment and Forensic Entomology, Shari L. Forbes and Ian Dadour

Chapter 12. Entomotoxicology, Michelle R. Peace

Chapter 13. Molecular Methods in Forensic Entomology, Aaron Tarone

Chapter 14. The Forensic Entomologist as Expert Witness, Robert D. Hall

Chapter 15. Livestock Entomology, Jeffery K. Tomberlin and Justin Talley

Chapter 16. Ecological Theory and Its Application in Forensic Entomology, Sherah VanLaerhoven

Chapter 17. Forensic Meteorology: The Application of Weather and Climate, John R. Scala and John R. Wallace

Chapter 18. Entomological Alteration of Bloodstain Evidence, M. Anderson Parker, Mark Benecke, Jason H. Byrd, Roger Hawks, and Rosemary Brown

Chapter 19. Keys to the Blow Fly Species (Diptera: Calliphoridae) of America, North of

Mexico, Terry Whitworth

Chapter 20. Cases of Neglect Involving Entomological Evidence, Gail Anderson

Chapter 21. Acarology in Criminal Investigations: The Human Acarofauna during Life and Death, M. Alejandra, A. Perotti, and Henk R. Braig

Chapter 22. Wildlife Forensic Entomology, Gail Anderson and Jason H. Byrd

Chapter 23. Volatile Organic Compounds, Helene LeBlanc and Jonathan Cammack

Chapter 24. Forensic Entomology and the Microbiome, Eric Benbow, Jen Pechal, and Heather Jordan

Chapter 25. Urban and Stored Product Forensic Entomology, Dini Miller

Chapter 26. Larval Insect Identification, Terry Whitworth, Martin Villet, and Krzysztof Szpila

Chapter 27. The Professional History of Forensic Entomology, Rachel Mohr and Lauren Weidner

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Physical