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Dr. Jason Byrd

Dr. Byrd is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine He is a Board Certified Forensic Entomologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology.  Dr. Byrd is a member of the UF Faculty Senate, and is the program administrator for the UF’s Veterinary Forensic Sciences, Wildlife Forensic Sciences, and Forensic Medicine educational programs.  Dr. Byrd also teaches in UF’s nationally recognized Honors Program.  He was twice elected President of both the American Board of Forensic Entomology, and the North American Forensic Entomology Association.  He is the first person to be elected President of both professional North American Forensic Entomology Associations.  He currently serves as the Secretary of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, and the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association.  He is the Secretary and Treasurer of the Florida Division of the International Association for Identification.  Outside of academics Dr. Byrd serves as a Medicolegal Death Investigator within the National Disaster Medical System, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region IV.  He also serves as the Commander for the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System.  He is a subject editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology.  He has published numerous scientific articles on the use and application of entomological evidence in legal investigations.  Dr. Byrd has combined his formal academic training in Entomology and Forensic Science to serve as a consultant and educator in both criminal and civil legal investigations throughout the United States and Internationally.  Dr. Byrd specializes in the education of law enforcement officials, medical examiners, coroners, attorneys, and other death investigators on the use and applicability of arthropods in legal investigations.  His research efforts have focused on the development and behavior of insects that have forensic importance, and he has over 15 years experience in the collection and analysis of entomological evidence.