About This Project
We study how communities of insects and bacteria inhabiting human cadavers change through time. This pattern of change, or succession, is orderly and predictable and can be used to estimate the time since death (TSD) at a crime scene. We predict that local aspects of the environment, such as rainfall or enclosure, can influence interactions between insects and bacteria. By understanding these aspects, we can better predict how insects and bacteria will be affected and better estimate the TSD.
Recent Lab Notes From This Project
Browse Other Projects on Experiment
The End of an Era: Resolving the dinosaur extinction and the beginning of the "Age of Mammals" in Northwest Argentina
The extinction of non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago paved the way for the "Age of Mammals", but the...