Forensic Entomology: An Introduction 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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“The clarity and accessibility of the text is more thanadequately geared for undergraduate students, who will appreciatethe practical tasks and perhaps even the suggested reading. . . Theillustrations will fill in gaps for readers who are more interestedin other branches of forensic science than in entomology, makingthis book a good fit for general forensic sciencedegrees.” (African Entomology, 1 October 2013)
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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FORENSIC ENTOMOLOGY An Introduction
Dorothy Gennard University of Lincoln, UK
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 included 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
- ASIN : B007VJUJJA
- Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd edition (March 16, 2012)
- Publication date : March 16, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 84240 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,695,820 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First, this is formatted as a textbook for classroom use and is not intended for casual reading. Second, it is fairly basic in laying out the keys to the involved insects and providing the concepts needed to establish time of death, etc. University programs in the United States tend to sort into skimpy undergraduate programs and more hefty masters-level programs. This text is used more for the former. And third, the first and last chapters reflect that this is written in the context of the United Kingdom and European form of courtroom law, and U.S. law comes from a different tradition as I will detail below. While the sciences of entomology and thermodynamics are universal worldwide, the context in which the evidence is collected is different under different legal traditions, and this echoes even behind the middle chapters that address insect biology.
Chapter 1 addresses the scope of forensic entomology and provides a brief and scanty history in the European context. An allusion is made to the National Research Council in U.S. "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward" (2009) but it is not referenced in the end-of-book or end-of-chapter web sites. Unmentioned is that the great surge of interest in forensic entomology in the United States accompanied the appearance of television action shows that generated student interest.
Chapter 2 addresses forensic entomology by describing preparation of specimens for molecular analysis, alternatives, and entomotoxicology.
Chapter 3 covers the use of insects as indicators of "time of death" and addresses the decompsoition of the body under various circumstances.
Chapter 4 focuses on the identification of those flies that are important in forensic entomology. This extends to a brief mention of other insect orders including some that are involved in aquatic cases, and the preparation of whole mount slides.
Chapter 5 provides a key for the identification of adult European and Mediterranean blowflies. While the techniques for using a key are similar to American species, the species are not all the same.
Chapter 6 addresses the various carrion beetles that move in to decomposing bodies, and provides a key.
Chapter 7 focuses on the equipment and sampling techniques used at the crime scene, both terrestrial and aquatic, and discusses how to obtain meteorological data at the scene since the growth rates of invertebrates vary with ambient temperature.
Chapter 8 describes rearing techniques for flies and beetles. In addition to sampling and preserving maggots and grubs at the science, some are usually reared to the adult stage because larval stages are very difficult to identify with certainty.
Chapter 9 deals only with calculating the post mortem interval which also must take into considerations factors beyond ambient temperature.
Chapter 10 overviews the ecology of those flies used in forensic science and Chapter 11 addresses the ecology of the carrion, skin, hide, larder, clown, checkered, rove and dung beetles.
Chapter 12 discusses decomposition in the aquatic environment as well as culturing aquatic larvae and use of algae in determining PMI..
Chapter 13 ends by discussion the role of the forensic entomologist in court. This is completely set in the context of the British style court system which varies considerably from the U.S. adversarial system. In the U.S., the forensic entomologist would work under the direction of the law enforcement and prosecutor's office, the defendant would be able to hire their own expert, and the judge would sit mostly silent as a referee of this debate. However, the role of the forensic expert in European courts, the code of practice and the courtroom presentation is different. In their system, the judge actively participates in the search for truth, and the forensic experts are provided detailed charges and report directly to the court. This also changes the tone and setting for much of the prior chapters that present science. To get a fuller appreciation of this change in judicial context, I would suggest John W. Head's Great Legal Traditions text comparing civil and common law systems.
Gennard's book is being used widely in the United States but primarily in lightweight undergraduate forensic science programs where supplemental readings can be used to substitute for Chapter 13 and reset the context of the rest of the book.