David O. Carter, PhD

 Current Biology just released its special issue on the Biology of Death, which explores the many  aspects of death.  Chaminade’s director of Forensic Sciences, David O. Carter, PhD, made a significant contribution with the “Microbiology of death — Quick guide” by Jessica L. Metcalf, David O. Carter and Rob Knight.

“The article is meant for a broad audience. It’s prepared as a Q&A for people that want to know what happens after death. Everyone should read it,” said Dr. Carter.
To read, go to:

Current Biology Volume 26, Issue 13, 11 July 2016

“Microbiology of death — Quick guide” by Jessica L. Metcalf, David O. Carter and Rob Knight

As for a fascination with flies:  How do you find an acceptable way to clean fly puparia? This was one of the things Dr. Carter joined a team of forensic scientists to figure out. The Journal of Forensic Sciences published the work “Cleaning Puparia for Forensic Analysis” by Leon G. Higley PhD, Tierney R. Brosius PhD, Karl J. Reinhard PhD and David Carter PhD on July 4, 2016. The team
tested “procedures for removing adipocere from insect samples to allow identification.”

Did they find the best way to clean puparia? To find the answer,  go to:;jsessionid=3F6603F3B359F15DC9010A5FFD4419CD.f02t02

Chaminade University offers three credentials in forensic sciences education, a Master of Science in Forensic Sciences (MSFS), a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Sciences (BSFS), and a Minor in Forensic Sciences. To learn more, go to: