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Forensic Science Research

Forensic Science research in the Faculty of Science is conducted by the 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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