Mites on corpses

Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck, University of London,
Torrington Square,
United Kingdom

Mites on corpses, The utility of mites in forensic investigations.

Speaker: Alejandra Perotti, Lecturer in Genetics, Acrology Lab, University of Reading


Friday 11th October 2013, 18.30 - 20.00

Lecture theatre B33, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London.

When insects or maggots are absent from a crime scene, mites can be used for an estimation of time of death. They can also provide valuable trace evidence. Due to their high specificity and their abundance, they can be important in forensic investigations. This lecture will introduce you to the world of mites to explain and illustrate how we make use of them in forensic studies, including crime scenes.

This event is free and open to all, registration is not required.

INVERTEBRATES AND US – the good the bad and the ugly
Free Lecture Series, Birkbeck, Ecology and Conservation Studies Society, supported by the Linnean Society of London

Invertebrates provide us with “ecological services” that many take for granted: they pollinate many of our crops, turn waste materials into fertile soil, provide food for birds and other animals, and assist us to control pests. But some invertebrates pose problems: they may themselves be pests in agriculture, or parasites on us. Invertebrates are easily ignored. This lecture series outlines the vital roles that invertebrates play in our lives.

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