Bugs, Bones & Botany ©
A Unique Death Investigation Workshop

Dates: October 2-6, 2023

Location: University of Florida, Austin Cary Forest Conference Center
10625 NE Waldo Road
Gainesville, FL 32609

Bugs, Bones & Botany© has been offered annually since 1997. This week long, 40 hour workshop focuses upon the analysis and interpretation of anthropological, botanical, and entomological evidence. Each morning, course participants will attend lectures covering methods used in evidence recognition, documentation and collection. During afternoon field sessions, the course participants will process three mock crime scenes for entomological, anthropological and botanical evidence.

Course Objectives

Bugs, Bones and Botany© is an outdoor, field oriented workshop. Course participants should prepare to spend time outdoors under hot and humid conditions. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Use of cameras is allowed and participants are encouraged to take photographs during the workshop for use conducting in-house training for crime scene personnel, major case, and medical-legal death investigators.


Adam W. Stern, DVM, CMI-IV, CFC, Diplomate ACVP.  Professor of Forensic Pathology
Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D, D-ABFE. Associate Director, Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
Lerah Sutton, Ph.D.  Assistant Director, Maples Center for Forensic Medicine


Registration is online – It’s fast, safe and convenient. To register with your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, please visit our secure, online registration website.

  • If the course is not listed on the registration page, then enrollment in the course is currently closed.

Registration Fee: $625 (USD)

Getting Started

  • This course is held from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily – make sure you plan travel time from your hotel accordingly!
  • Clothing: fieldwork clothes – closed toe shoes and long pants are required.
  • Lunch:
    • We will break for lunch daily around noon depending on the course schedule for that day.
    • There will be limited time to leave the lab location to go out for lunch – only fast food options such as Wendy’s are close and fast enough to be realistic options.
    • Some snacks and drinks will be provided, but we encourage students to bring their own lunches. There is a refrigerator and microwave on site.
  • Camera: DSLR or phone camera
  • Computer: Make sure you bring any necessary cables to upload your photos from your camera to your computer for inclusion in your presentation.


Lodging is the responsibility of each attendee.

  1. Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 NW 97th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32606. A special rate of $108 per night has been arranged for course attendees. Reservation rates will be honored throughout the course dates. To make a reservation, please use this link, or call (352) 331-3336 (local) and refer to the Maples Center as your group. Reservations depend on availability—the sooner you can book, the better!
  2. Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, 1714 SW 34th Street Gainesville, FL 32607. A special rate for the hotel is booked through the UF College of Medicine. When using our organization’s link, you can book your room under the corporate special rate code – N1364036. To make a reservation over the phone, please call the Sales Coordinator, Julia Andreeva at (352) 384-3412.
  3. University associates can book a Wyndham Hotel and receive a discount on their stay, as a result of a University of Florida contract with the Wyndham Hotel Group.  This contract provides reduced rates on rooms at 11 brands and nearly 7,000 participating hotels worldwide. As an associate of the University of Florida, you will receive a minimum of 10% off the “Best Available Rate” at participating locations every time you travel whether the travel is for business or pleasure. To make a reservation, call the member benefits hotline at 1 (800) 525-5501.  You will need to give the agent the information below at the time of booking to receive the discount.
    • University of Florida
    • Discount Account ID Number: 1000007780
    • Affiliate ID Number: 005140

For more information,  download the course flyer