Field Wildlife Forensics

Course Dates

June 20, 2022 to June 27, 2022


One semester of college-level biology or equivalent.
Upon completion of program, all participants receive a certificate of participation.

Course Description

Field Wildlife Forensics 2013 on Appledore Island (photo thanks to W. Lord).

Field Wildlife Forensics 2013 on Appledore Island.
(photo thanks to Wayne Lord)

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.


Dr. Wayne Lord:

Professor, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma

Dr. Inga Sidor:

Senior Veterinary Pathologist, University of New Hampshire

Dr. Bob Kenney:

Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

Dr. Bill Rodriguez:

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

Dr. Vicki Jackson:

Associate Professor of Biology, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma


Course Full

Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 4450 (1.5 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 504 (2 Credits)