Improving Insect-based Technology for Minimum Death Time Estimates in Forensic Investigations in Australia [ 2008 - 2011 ]

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Researchers Dr JF Wallman; Dr M Dowton; Dr MS Archer; Dr SL Cameron

Brief description This research will provide more accurate, narrower death time estimates for Australia. Focusing enquiries more accurately around the death time will result in significant financial savings in homicide investigations. Court evidence based on insects will become more robust, thus improving prosecution success. Partnerships will also be enhanced between laboratories with common aims, but different experience and expertise, thereby avoiding research duplication and producing synergistic effects of collaboration. Casework methodology in Australia will become better aligned, thus avoiding courtroom conflicts between practitioners. Finally, high quality graduate students will be trained in entomological and forensic sciences.

Funding Amount $240,000

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