Forensic Entomology: An Introduction / Edition 2

Forensic Entomology: An Introduction / Edition 2

by Dorothy Gennard
     
 

ISBN-10: 047068903X

ISBN-13: 9780470689035

Pub. Date: 05/01/2012

Publisher: Wiley

Forensic Entomology provides undergraduates with a concise introduction to the subject. The book is written with the clarity necessary for students starting out in entomology yet authoritative enough to prove useful for more experienced researchers.

Worked examples of the necessary mathematics, including how to use excel to process data, coupled with lab

Overview

Forensic Entomology provides undergraduates with a concise introduction to the subject. The book is written with the clarity necessary for students starting out in entomology yet authoritative enough to prove useful for more experienced researchers.

Worked examples of the necessary mathematics, including how to use excel to process data, coupled with lab protocols and self-assessment questions make the book an essential starting point in the subject.

Assuming little prior knowledge of either biology or entomology the book provides information on identification, life cycles and ecology of insects presented in a forensic context. Information is conveyed in an accessible style with practical tasks and suggestions for further reading including in each chapter.

  • Fully revised and updated to include new research in the field
  • New chapter on aquatic forensic entomology
  • New pictorial key to aid identification of species contributed by Dr. Krzysztof Szpila, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
  • Further coverage of civil applications of forensic entomology
  • Practical tasks and further reading included to aid understanding
  • Colour plate section and improved illustrations throughout to assist in the identification of insects associated with the Corpse
  • Approaches the topic from the dual perspectives of basic entomology and its forensic applications
  • Covers the contributions to forensic investigations of both flies and beetles
  • Provides information on culturing insects collected from crime scenes
  • Guides students through the processes of writing entomological court reports and presenting in court alongside the scientific topics
  • Extended coverage of PMI calculations, role of professional associations for forensic entomologists and sampling at the crime scene
  • New sections to discuss the identification of traces of explosives found in larvae, puparia and pupae and DNA sampling from insects

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470689035
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures.

List of tables.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1 The breadth of forensic entomology.

1.1 History of forensic entomology.

1.2 Indicators of time of death.

1.3 Stages of decomposition of a body.

1.4 Indicators of physical abuse.

1.5 Insect larvae: a resource for investigating drug consumption.

1.6 Insect contamination of food.

1.7 Further reading.

2 Identifying flies that are important in forensic entomology.

2.1 What is a fly and how do I spot one?

2.2 Forensically important families of flies.

2.3 DNA identification of forensically important fly species.

2.4 Further reading.

3 Identifying beetles that are important in forensic entomology.

3.1 What do beetles look like?

3.2 Features used in identifying forensically important beetle families.

3.3 Identification of beetle families using DNA.

3.4 Further reading.

4 The life cycles of flies and beetles.

4.1 The life stages of the fly.

4.2 The life stages of the beetle.

4.3 The influence of the environment on specific insect species.

4.4 Succession of insect species on the corpse and its role in post mortem estimation.

4.5 Review technique: preparing slides of larval spiracles or mouthparts – preparation of whole slide mounts.

4.6 Further reading.

5 Sampling at the crime scene.

5.1 Entomological equipment needed to sample from a corpse.

5.2 The sampling strategy for eggs.

5.3 Catching adult flying insects at the crime scene.

5.4 Catching adult crawling insects at the crime scene.

5.5 Obtaining meteorological data at the crime scene.

5.6 Review technique: investigating the influence of larval location.

5.7 Further reading.

6 Breeding entomological specimens from the crime scene.

6.1 Returning to the laboratory with the entomological evidence.

6.2 Fly-rearing conditions in the laboratory.

6.3 Conditions for successful rearing to the adult (imago) fly stage.

6.4 Beetle rearing in the laboratory.

6.5 Dietary requirements of insects reared in the laboratory.

6.6 Review technique: preserving and mounting insect specimens.

6.7 Further reading.

7 Calculating the post mortem interval.

7.1 Working out the base temperature.

7.2 Accumulated degree data.

7.3 Calculation of accumulated degree hours (or days) from crime scene data.

7.4 Sources of error.

7.5 Use of larval growth in length to determine post mortem interval (isomegalen and isomorphen diagrams).

7.6 Calculating post mortem interval using succession.

7.7 Review technique: interpretation of data from a crime scene case study.

7.8 Further reading.

8 Ecology of forensically important flies.

8.1 Ecological features of bluebottles (Calliphoridae).

8.2 Greenbottles – Lucilia spp..

8.3 Ecological associations with living organisms.

8.4 Further reading.

9 Ecology of selected forensically important beetles.

9.1 Categories of feeding relationship on a corpse.

9.2 Ecology of carrion beetles (Silphidae).

9.3 Ecology of skin, hide and larder beetles (Dermestidae).

9.4 Ecology of clown beetles (Histeridae).

9.5 Ecology of checkered or bone beetles (Cleridae).

9.6 Ecology of rove beetles (Staphylinidae).

9.7 Ecology of dung beetles (Scarabaeidae).

9.8 Ecology of trogid beetles (Trogidae).

9.9 Ecology of ground beetles (Carabidae).

9.10 Review technique: determination of succession and PMI.

9.11 Further reading.

10 The forensic entomologist in court.

10.1 The Statement of Witness.

10.2 Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners.

10.3 Communicating entomological facts in court.

10.4 Physical evidence: its continuity and integrity.

10.5 Review technique: writing a Statement of Witness using the post mortem calculations determined from details given in Chapter 7.

10.6 Further reading.

11 The role of professional associations for forensic entomologists.

11.1 Professional organizations.

11.2 Forensic entomology protocols.

11.3 Areas for future research.

11.4 Further reading.

Appendices.

Appendix 1: Form for forensic entomology questions to be asked at the crime scene.

Appendix 2: Answers to the calculation of the post mortem interval for the body at the Pleasure Gardens, Wingsea.

Appendix 3: UK list of Calliphoridae (2006).

Appendix 4: UK checklists for Coleoptera.

Appendix 5: List of relevant UK legal acts and orders.

Appendix 6: Selected sources of entomological equipment.

Appendix 7: Legal information relevant to giving testimony as a forensic entomologist in the USA.

Glossary.

References.

Index.

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