Bugs, Bones & Botany©
A Unique Death Investigation Workshop

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.

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.

October 17-22, 2022


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

REGISTER NOW!  Space is limited to 15 registrants.

Download the course flyer!

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.


  • History of forensic entomology
  • Plant identification
  • Biological Profile
  • Collection of entomological and botanical evidence
  • Human vs. Non-Human bone identification
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Surface mapping
  • Graveside recovery

*Bring your own camera and tripod.

Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D.
Lerah Sutton, Ph.D.
Adam Stern, DVM


Registration fee: $650


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


Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 NW 97th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32606. Lodging is the responsibility of each attendee. A special rate of $89 per night has been arranged for course attendees. Reservation rates will be honored throughout the course dates. Please refer to UF Forensic Training when making reservations, and ask for the UF rate. For reservations, call (352) 331-3336 (local). Reservations depend on availability—the sooner you can book, the better!

For more information,  download the course flyer.  To register, visit our registration page.  If the course is not listed on the registration page, enrollment in the course is currently closed.