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Forensic Entomology Group

Under the direction of Dr. Helene N. LeBlanc, the Forensic Entomology group covers areas concerning entomology and vertebrate decomposition including: 

  • Carrion insect succession;
  • Chemical ecology;
  • Exploring new ways to improve the determination of post-mortem interval (PMI);
  • Insect electrophysiology;
  • Insect growth studies; and
  • Vertebrate decomposition.

The combination of these areas of research come together to help discover which chemical compounds attract insects to a decomposing body by not only isolating attractants but also detecting any repellents in order to better understand the behaviour of insects on a decomposing body and to aid in determining a more accurate PMI. 

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