Field Wildlife Forensics
One semester of college-level biology or equivalent.
Upon completion of program, all participants receive a certificate of participation.
Field Wildlife Forensics 2013 on Appledore Island.
Wildlife forensics science is an emerging specialty with broad applications in the fields of wildlife conservation and management. The Field Wildlife Forensics course at Shoals Marine Lab provdes a unique introduction to forensic sciences and its application in the fields of marine mammal and migratory bird conservation, environmental pollution monitoring and endangered species management among other wildlife conservation issues. Students learn from a team of forensics and veterinary experts and gain valuable experience in the identification, documentation, collection and preservation of physical evidence. Students participate in forensic necropsies and learn about the application of forensics science within the justice system.
Course objectives include:
- Learn forensic laboratory techniques and analyses applicable to marine wildlife cases;
- Obtain experience in practical incident response, scene management and forensic teamwork skills in marine and coastal environments;
- Understand importance of court testimony, expert witness requirements, scientific qualifications, and ethical procedures and practices.
Professor, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
Senior Veterinary Pathologist, University of New Hampshire
Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
Adjunct Faculty, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma