Murder, mayhem and maggots

Invited Speaker: Professor Ian Dadour (UWA)

Ian completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia and went on to complete a PhD in Zoology specialising in acoustics and population genetics of bush-crickets. Following a series of postdoctoral fellowships in Germany on insect mating systems and then a University of Adelaide Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Waite Institute on habitat selection by butterflies, he began work in 1989 at the Western Australian Department of Agriculture. In 1999 Ian secured an Australian Research Council grant at the University of Western Australia to investigate oviposition of insects on decomposing corpses.

In 2008 Ian was promoted to Professor, a culmination of establishing the Centre for Forensic Science in 2000 and substantive and outstanding contributions nationally and internationally in each of the areas of research, teaching and service. As a consequence of research conducted at the University of Tennessee’s Anthropological Facility in Knoxville, Ian has become part of the teaching faculty with the FBI and each year since 2003 has been an instructor for the FBI Evidence Response Team in the Human Remains Recovery School. This is now further strengthened with his collaboration with the more recently established Forensic Anthropology Research Facility at Texas State University at San Marcos and he is also now collaborating with the second human remains research facility (body farm) at Oakridge, Tennessee. Ian was recently employed as a Professor with The Boston Medical School at Boston University and teaches 3 units of forensic entomology into their Master of Forensic Anthropology Course as well as supervising 5 Masters degree students. Ian is a Visiting Professor at Lincoln University, UK and teaches annually into the Erasmus Mundus Master of Forensic Science Course.

Presentation: Murder, mayhem and maggots