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Media Contact: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116

‘Maggots and Murder: Forensic Entomology’ topic of
URI Forensic Science Seminar, Nov. 7

KINGSTON, R.I. -- November 4, 2002 – An expert in the role of arthropod and insect evidence in criminal investigations will be the speaker at the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m.

Jason Byrd, the lead faculty member for the Virginia Commonwealth University Bachelor of Science in forensic science program, will speak in Pastore Hall, Room 124. His talk is free and open to the public.

An assistant professor of forensic science and biology, Byrd will discuss "Maggots and Murder: Forensic Entomology."

His presentation will focus on the various applications and uses of arthropod and entomological evidence in legal investigations, such as the establishment of the time of death, indicators of pre-death abuse and trauma, and the recovery of human DNA from blood-feeding arthropods.

Byrd is a board certified forensic entomologist and chairman of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. Byrd is also a faculty instructor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Academy in Quantico, Va., and serves as a faculty member for the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine.

Byrd has combined his formal academic training in entomology, forensic science, criminal justice, and law to serve as a consultant in both criminal and civil legal investigations throughout the U.S. He 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.

He has published numerous scientific articles on the subject of forensic entomology, and has also published the Forensic Insect Identification Cards and Forensic Entomology: The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations.

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