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Entomology Lab

MODEL Various
AVAILABILITY Official workshop hours are: 9:30 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 16:30 (in practice technicians are often available outside of these times)
CONTACT 1 External enquiries: Martine Dobson - Funding, Development & Support
CONTACT 2 Internal enquiries: Tony Dickson - Principal Technician
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SITE Harris Site


Forensic Entomology in the School of Forensic and Investigative Science is supported by two dedicated research laboratories. For the rearing of insects, especially blowflies, we have a number of programmable incubators, where light and temperature regimes can be set. The largest of these is a walk-in facility with ample space for many cultures, while the newest enable temperature variations to be set. These allow us to carry out research especially into blowfly (Calliphoridae, Diptera) development, as well as supply living material for practical classes in the second year module on Forensic Entomology. We also keep live cultures of other forensically important insects, such as hide beetles and cockroaches. A large number of stereo microscopes are utilised in classes for close examination of insect material.

The TRACES experimental field facility allows us to carry out research on wider aspects of forensic entomology, such as above and below ground colonisation of carcasses, decomposition rates and ecological studies.

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    • Manufacturer: None
    • Organisational Unit: School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Item ID #129.

Last Updated: 8th November, 2016