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Forensic Entomology Group

Under the direction of Hélène LeBlanc, PhD, 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.
  • 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 help determine a more accurate PMI. 

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