Basic research in evolution and ecology enhances forensics. Academic Article uri icon


  • In 2009, the National Research Council recommended that the forensic sciences strengthen their grounding in basic empirical research to mitigate against criticism and improve accuracy and reliability. For DNA-based identification, this goal was achieved under the guidance of the population genetics community. This effort resulted in DNA analysis becoming the 'gold standard' of the forensic sciences. Elsewhere, we proposed a framework for streamlining research in decomposition ecology, which promotes quantitative approaches to collecting and applying data to forensic investigations involving decomposing human remains. To extend the ecological aspects of this approach, this review focuses on forensic entomology, although the framework can be extended to other areas of decomposition.

published proceedings

  • Trends Ecol Evol

author list (cited authors)

  • Tomberlin, J. K., Benbow, M. E., Tarone, A. M., & Mohr, R. M.

citation count

  • 88

complete list of authors

  • Tomberlin, Jeffery K||Benbow, M Eric||Tarone, Aaron M||Mohr, Rachel M

publication date

  • January 2011