Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Forensic Entomology...

Last night, my wife asked me to attend a speaker that was at the University this evening. Being that she is a Forensic Science teacher at her local high school, she had asked her students to go as well. She coaxed me to go because it had to do with entomology. Having a fair amount of knowledge and helping her prepare experiments to show how flies and maggots decompose anything, I thought it would be fun to go. The speaker was Dr. M. Lee Goff. Goff, professor of forensic sciences and director of the Forensic Science Program at Chaminade University of Honolulu, is one of just 15 forensic entomologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Entomology. The field of forensic entomology focuses on how insects and other arthropods can be used in criminal investigations. Goff’s 25 years in the field has resulted in more than 300 homicide investigations around the world. He has also served as a consultant for the show CSI. Very interesting man with a great sense of humor.
Knowing that this does not have much to do with fly fishing, it is just interesting how else people use their entomology expertise.
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