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FGCU Division of Justice Studies Hosts "Bugs, Bones and Botany," A Unique Death Investigation Workshop

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Division of Justice Studies hosts the "Bugs, Bones and Botany" death investigation workshop designed for law enforcement, forensic practitioners, and advanced students during spring break, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, March 2 through Wednesday, March 4 on campus.

The workshop will be led by forensic anthropologist and assistant professor at FGCU Heather Walsh-Haney; board certified forensic entomologist and University of Florida instructor Jason Byrd; and renowned forensic botanist David Hall.

The course participants will rotate through three crimes scenes, which will focus on the surface recovery of the insect evidence, the buried recovery of skeletal evidence, and the surface recovery of plant evidence.

Participants should dress appropriately for outdoor field recoveries, and bring digital cameras, thumb drives and laptop computers.

Due to limited class size, all registrations must be received by Feb. 20. Late registration will be accepted on a space available basis.

Cost for the workshop is $300, which includes tuition, course materials, T-shirt and lunch each day.

Walsh-Haney has over 10 years of experience in the recovery and analysis of human remains from crime scenes within the U.S. and abroad. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Byrd is a board certified forensic entomologist and educational program director with the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine. He instructs courses in Forensic Sciences at the University of Florida's Hume Residential Honors College, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and Secretary of the American Board of Forensic Entomology.

Hall is a forensic botanist, president of his own consulting firm in Gainesville, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A recognized expert in plant identification, ecology and environmental jurisdictions, he has published numerous books and articles. Hall has conducted forensic botany and other plant related training at Miami-Dade, the FBI Academy in Quantico, and throughout the U.S.

For more information about the workshop and registration forms contact Christen Herrick at (239) 590-7693.

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