1 Museum Dr., Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-0376.
6:30 - 8 pm. Dr. Jennifer Rosati Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York Forensic entomology involves the use of insects for legal purposes, primarily in homicide investigations where colonization (or egg laying) events can be used to estimate the time since death or post-mortem interval. The insect community that uses decomposing remains can be quite diverse, including many species of flies (Order: Diptera), beetles (Order: Coleoptera), moths (Order: Lepidoptera), as well as other arthropods (spiders, mites, etc). The behaviour and development of these insects can provide a lot of valuable information to an investigation including tying a suspect to a crime scene/victim, time and location of death, presence of wounds, time of decapitation or dismemberment and time of disturbance. This talk will highlight the diversity of insect species involved with the decomposition of human remains and how these insects can provide a glimpse into past events in criminal investigations. Light refreshmets and open galleries at 6:30 pm. Lecture at 700 pm. Members and students with ID, free; non-members $10. Advance registration required as seating is limited.