Bugs, Bones & Botany ©
A Unique Death Investigation Workshop

Dates: October 21-25, 2024

Time:  8:00AM to 5:00PM

Location: Indian River State College (IRSC)
4600 Kirby Loop Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34981

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.

Classes

Each morning begins with classroom lectures. The workshop will divide students into small groups each afternoon that rotate through each of the instructors in practical teaching sessions. Each student will participate in the search, excavation, and recovery of entomological, botanical, and anthropological evidence from a staged “crime scene.” During afternoon practical sessions, the students will recover evidence from surface scattered and buried scenes.

Course Objectives

Each student will participate in the search, excavation, and recovery of entomological, botanical, and anthropological evidence from a staged “crime scene.” During afternoon practical sessions, the students will recover evidence from surface scattered and buried scenes.

Speakers

Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D., forensic entomologist, and Associate Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. His research has focused upon the development and behavior of flies of forensic importance. Dr. Byrd specializes in developing educational tools and workshops for medical examiners, attorneys, judges, and law enforcement personnel.

Lerah Sutton, Ph.D., Dr. Lerah Sutton is the Director of the Forensic Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Medicine and the Assistant Director of the Maples Center for Forensic Medicine. She is an award-winning educator, teaching both academic and continuing education courses related to her areas of specialization. As Program Director she teaches numerous academic courses on topics including Artifacts of Decomposition and Principles of Crime Scene Investigation within the Forensic Medicine Master’s Degree Program. As Assistant Director of the Maples Center she oversees the creation, implementation, and instruction of continuing education courses for law enforcement and forensic science professionals.

Registration

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.

  • Registration Fee: 575.00 (US): Includes tuition and student materials.

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: Casual. Closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended for outdoor practical teaching exercises. Insect repellent and sunscreen are highly recommended.
  • 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

  • Lodging is on your own. Here are some hotels near the training site: Holiday Inn Express 772-464-5000, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott 772-462-2900, Residence Inn by Marriott 772-344-7814, Homewood Suites by Hilton 772-345-5333, Hampton Inn & Suites 772-828-4100, Best Western 772-409-1740, and Comfort Suites 772-409-1420

For more information,  download the course brochure