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Add to Calendar 03/03/2015 4:30 PM 03/03/2015 4:30 PM Australia/Sydney A Fly on the Wall: Solving crime with fly poo

About the talk

It sounds like something out of CSI but these days the common blowfly is helping investigators to fight crime, in more ways the one. Everything from helping to establish time since death to providing human DNA at the crime scene, the common blowfly is providing the missing clues to modern crimes.

As part of our Science Fiction becomes Science Fact public speaker series, Dr Annalisa Durdle will take you through her interesting discoveries about blowflies, some of which will really surprise you!

About the speaker

Dr Annalisa Durdle is a forensic scientist with the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department, specialising in the recovery of DNA evidence from major crimes. Dr Durdle holds a BSc in Biological Sciences, and a Postgrad Dip Sci and MSc in Forensic Science from the University of Auckland. She obtained a PhD in Forensic Science from La Trobe University, Melbourne in 2013. Her research investigated novel aspects of the forensic significance of blowfly artefacts (faeces and regurgitant). This included the human DNA content of fly artefacts after flies have fed on human biological material, and how to distinguish fly artefacts from bloodspatter at a crime scene. The results of her research have been presented at several international conferences.

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Contact Information

Event Manager: Mitchell Piercey
Phone: (02) 6201 9462

4:30 PM March 03, 2015

A Fly on the Wall: Solving crime with fly poo

About the talk

It sounds like something out of CSI but these days the common blowfly is helping investigators to fight crime, in more ways the one. Everything from helping to establish time since death to providing human DNA at the crime scene, the common blowfly is providing the missing clues to modern crimes.

As part of our Science Fiction becomes Science Fact public speaker series, Dr Annalisa Durdle will take you through her interesting discoveries about blowflies, some of which will really surprise you!

About the speaker

Dr Annalisa Durdle is a forensic scientist with the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department, specialising in the recovery of DNA evidence from major crimes. Dr Durdle holds a BSc in Biological Sciences, and a Postgrad Dip Sci and MSc in Forensic Science from the University of Auckland. She obtained a PhD in Forensic Science from La Trobe University, Melbourne in 2013. Her research investigated novel aspects of the forensic significance of blowfly artefacts (faeces and regurgitant). This included the human DNA content of fly artefacts after flies have fed on human biological material, and how to distinguish fly artefacts from bloodspatter at a crime scene. The results of her research have been presented at several international conferences.

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