PI(s): Fell, Richard D (Co-Project Leader), Brewster, Carlyle C (Co-Project Leader)

Investigators: Monthei, Derek (Investigator)

Abstract: Insects can be used for the determination of post mortem intervals (PMI) in cases of unknown death. Several approaches may be used for the estimation of PMIs, including the use of maggot developmental times and the use of successional data. Our research has involved the study of insect successional fauna on carcasses, the effects of ante mortem alcohol ingestion on fly development, and the effects of maggot activity on gunpowder residue retention. Current studies involve the dispersal of Oxycontin in the body and its effects on maggot development.