2017 NJ School of Conservation Forensic Entomology Workshop

Monday, August 14, 2017 (All day)-Friday, August 25, 2017 (All day)

Date: August 14-25, 2017

Location: Branchville, New Jersey, USA

About: Two-week course at a research facility immersed in the beautiful Stokes forest, offering participants a mix of lectures, lab activities, and extensive field activity. Participants will gain appreciation for the process of decomposition and all related colonization and insect activity in animal carcasses, which will be staged in various ways (submerged, semi-submerged, hung from a tree, burned, dressed, wrapped in plastic, buried, etc.). Onsite course allows class to go out in the field at any moment during the day, in any type of weather conditions, and therefore to explore the challenge that a forensic entomologist would have to face when called on a real crime scene. All the ecological and entomological observations will be analyzed and interpreted to formulate a final case report, which is ultimately what a forensic entomologist is normally asked to produce.

To make the stay more pleasant, recreational activities are also offered, such as archery, boating, climbing, and much more, which are coordinated by qualified instructors employed by the school. We also take short trips during the weekend (a visit to NYC and a hike along the Appalachians are some of the things we have done) to render the experience more unique, especially for the international attendees which we regularly have.

The price includes lodging, three meals a day from Monday through Friday for two weeks, recreational activities, all instructional activities, lab supplies for the duration of the course and, if needed, transportation from and to the airport. College credits are also available through Rutgers University or through Montclair State University, but must be purchased separately. If they wish participants will also be able to attend a real autopsy at the North Eastern Medical Examiner Office in Newark, New Jersey, along with a presentation by one of the death investigators working at the facility. Finally, all participants will receive a certificate issued by the NJ School of Conservation and the Department of Entomology of Rutgers University.