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Forensic Entomology

The major emphasis in forensic entomology in the Merritt lab has been on the role of aquatic insects in forensic investigations; however, we continue to assist crime scene investigators and police at crime scenes where the postmortem interval (PMI) is in question and insects are involved. We have developed a forensic online course and a DVD on methods of collecting insect evidence at crime scenes.

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Merritt, R.W. 1969. A severe case of human cutaneous myiasis caused by Phaenicia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae). Calif. Vector Views 16:24-26

Merritt, R. W., M J. Higgins, and J. R. Wallace. 2000. Entomology, pp. 699-705. In : Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences (eds. J. A. Siegel, P. J. Saukko, and G. C. Knupfer). Academic Press, Ltd., London, United Kingdom

Shahid, S. A., R. D. Hall, N. H. Haskell, and R. W. Merritt. 2000. Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) established in the vicinity of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. J. Forensic Sci. 45: 896-897.

Merritt, R. W. and J. R. Wallace. 2001. The role of aquatic insects in forensic investigations, pp. 177-221. In : Forensic entomology: The utility of arthropods in legal investigations. Eds. J. H. Byrd and J. L. Castner . CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL

Haefner, J.N., J.R. Wallace and R.W. Merritt. 2004. Pig decomposition in lotic aquatic systems: the potential use of algal growth in establishing a postmortem submersion interval (PMSI). J. of Forensic Sciences 49: 1-7.

Merritt, R. W., R. Snider, J. L. deJong, M. E. Benbow, R. K. Kimbirauskas, and R. E. Kolar. 2007. Collembola of the grave: a cold case history involving arthropods 28 years after death. J. Forensic. Sci. 52: 1359-1361.

Ibrahim, S. F., J. Pryor, R. W. Merritt, G. Scott, and L. A. Beck. 2008. Cutaneous myiasis arising in an eccrine adnexal neoplasm. Dermatology Online Journal 14(6).

Wallace, J. R., and R. W. Merritt. 2008. Aquatic Forensic Entomology, Chapt. 2. In: Entomology and Death: A Procedural Guide (2nd Ed) (Eds. N. Haskell and R. Williams). Joyce’s Print Shop, SC.

Merritt, R. W. and J. R. Wallace. 2008. The role of aquatic insects in forensic investigations (2nd Ed.). In : Forensic entomology: The utility of arthropods in legal investigations (2nd ed.) Eds. J. H. Byrd and J. L. Castner. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL (in press).

Merritt, R. W. and M. E. Benbow. 2009. Forensic Entomology. In: Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. (A. Jamieson and A. Moenssens, eds.). J. Wiley & Sons, NJ. (in press).

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