The blowfly Chrysomya albiceps is a facultative predator, meaning that they will predate on other blowfly larvae if given the chance.
Because of this, care needs to be taken when determining postmortem interval in cases where C. albiceps have been found on the body in case they have arrived later than other species but have killed off their competitors.
Anonymous asked: Hi, I'm thinking about working in forensics. and was wondering what kind of course is best to take as undergraduate, as Forensic Science is generally only available as a masters where I'm from (the UK). I have offers to study either Biomedical Sciences or Natural Sciences as undergrad at good UK universities, which are both general science programmes. What is best then? Thanks!
There are loads of undergrad forensics courses in the UK!
I’m at Derby, my second choice was Staffs and I also looked at Nottingham Trent.
I believe Wolverhampton does one too.
So those are four off the top of my head, but there are really a ton more. Just a quick Google is showing me UCLAN, Sunderland, De Montfort, Glasgow Caledonian….
Seriously, there are loads!
If you want a forensics based course but don’t want to study pure forensics, there’s always forensics with criminology (or just criminology), computer forensics, forensic psychology…
Hope that helps!
Anonymous asked: hi I'm also a Forensic student and the University of the Free State. You don't maybe know where I can find a precise step-by-step explanation of how to calculate PMI using isomegalen degree data, isomorphen degree data and ADD?
Good question! I didn’t have anything to hand so I did some Googling, but I haven’t been able to find much that looks to be of any real use (at least, nothing that’s particularly step-by-step). I must admit to never having used one myself so I can’t give you a method that I’ve used for it either.
If anyone has anything useful, pass it along and I’ll share it!