Course Description

This course is designed to explore the various ways that insects and related arthropods can and have been used as evidence in a court of law, and how they can assist in solving crimes. In this basic course, participants will learn the history of forensic entomology, the basics of insect biology, succession and ecology, and an introduction to the different sub-disciplines of this field of entomology. A review of the major insect players used in assisting with crime scene investigations will be discussed. The course will also cover several actual cases and videos involved in forensic entomology. 

  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Cost: $250
  • Credits: 1.6 CEU's
  • Time to Complete: 14 days from enrollment.  If additional time is needed, please contact: maples-center@ahc.ufl.edu
  • Instructor: Richard W. Merritt, PhD, D-ABFE


Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the history and scope of forensic entomology
  • Understand and explain how insects and related arthropods can become valuable evidence in a court of law
  • Explain the biology and life histories of insects of forensic importance
  • Understand and describe the sub-disciplines of forensic entomology

Requirements for Course Completion:

In order to earn credit for this course, participants must complete a self-assessment evaluation at the end of each section and pass a final exam with a score of 80% or higher.  Three chances to pass this course will be given.  If a passing score is not earned by the third attempt, the participant must re-enroll in the course.

About Your Instructor:

Dr. Richard W. Merritt, Ph.D. is currently University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University specializing in forensic entomology and aquatic entomology.  He has conducted extensive research and published papers and book chapters in forensic entomology and assisted police departments, detectives, and governmental agencies with death scene investigations and other areas of forensic science involving insects. He has taught courses in forensic entomology and has testified as an expert witness in over 40 trials involving forensic insects in criminal cases, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology (ABFE), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). He also has received the Life Time Achievement Award from this Academy. He has appeared on Discovery Channel’s New Detectives, Court TV, CBS Early Morning Show, Cold Case Files, and CSI Special Features.


Please contact the Maples Center Administrative Team

Phone: (352) 265-9940

Email: maples-center@ahc.ufl.edu

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Fundamentals of Forensic Entomology
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