Decomposition Facility

The university's Decomposition Facility is dedicated to conducting vertebrate decomposition experiments in a realistic outdoor environment. The facility is located on university land and allows students to conduct experimentation using analogues for human decomposition. Students investigate the effect of environmental parameters (e.g. temperature, moisture, soil and vegetation type) and other taphonomic agents (e.g. insect and scavenging activity) on the decomposition process. Research in this facility is restricted to Applied Bioscience graduate students and fourth-year Forensic Science students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.