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Forensic acarology: the importance of mites in forensic investigations


School of Biological Sciences

Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Forensic acarology: the utility/contribution of mites in criminal investigations, in illegal trade, in cases of human and animal neglect, etc. We are interested in investigating the role of mites in the process of decomposition of corpses and carcasses in different environments.

Keywords: acari, entomology, forensics, crime, CSI, biology, neglect, abuse, death, PMI, post-mortem, insects, mite

Funding Notes

This is for self-funded students, students that have already found sponsorship or can fund themselves for a 3 or 4 years PhD studentship.

References

Mašán P., M.A. Perotti, M.I. Saloña-­‐Bordas and H. R. Braig. 2013. Proctolaelaps euserratus, an ecologically unusual melicharid mite (Acari, Mesostigmata) associated with animal and human decomposition. Experimental and Applied Acarology, doi:10.1007/s10493-­‐013-­‐9710-­‐x
Perotti M.A., H.R Braig and L.M. Goff. 2010. Phoretic mites and carcasses. In Current Concepts in Forensic Entomology: Novel Arthropods, Environments and Geographical Regions. Ed. by J. Amendt, C.P. Campobasso, M. Grassberger, and M.L. Goff. Springer, NY.
Frost, C., H. Braig, J. Amends and M.A. Perotti. 2010. Indoor arthropods of forensic importance. In Current Concepts in Forensic Entomology: Novel Arthropods, Environments and Geographical Regions. Ed. by J. Amendt, C.P. Campobasso, M. Grassberger, and M.L. Goff. Springer, NY.
Perotti, M.A. and H.R. Braig. 2009. Acarology in crimino-legal investigations: the human acarofauna during life and death. In Forensic Entomology: The utility of arthropods in legal investigations. Ed. by J.H. Byrd and J.L. Castner. CRC. NY
Perotti, M.A., L.M. Goff, A.S. Baker, B.D. Turner and H.R. Braig. 2009. Forensic acarology. Experimental & Applied Acarology, 49:3-13.
Perotti M.A. 2009. Mégnin re-analised: the case of the newborn baby girl, Paris, 1878. Experimental & Applied Acarology. 49:37-44
Braig H.R and M.A. Perotti. 2009. Carcasses and mites. Experimental & Applied Acarology. 49:45-84.
Perotti M.A. and H.R. Braig. 2009. Phoretic mites associated with animal and human decomposition. Experimental & Applied Acarology. 49:85-124.

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