Forensic Taphonomy

Start: Jan 17, 2018 06:00 PM

Location: Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Dr David Carter who will be speaking at the Institute of Archaeology on Forensic Taphonomy (Jan 2018)

David Carter (Chaminade University, Hawaii, USA) will give a lecture at the Institute on 17 January.

Dr Carter will discuss his cutting-edge inter-disciplinary research on forensic taphonomy and all are welcome to attend.


This presentation will summarise the results from taphonomy experiments
conducted in Palolo Valley, Oahu, Hawaii to highlight commonly observed decomposition processes. We will also consider methods for acquiring taphonomy data as well as research strategies to optimise the value of these data.


Dr David Carter is Director and Associate Professor of Forensic Sciences at
Chaminade University of Honolulu (Hawaii). Dr Carter’s primary area of research and consulting expertise is in the decomposition of human remains (the so-called “forensic taphonomy”), particularly estimating the postmortem interval. Much of his research focuses on the analysis of the postmortem microbiome and its use as spatial and temporal evidence. In addition, Dr Carter has a strong interest in
getting science and technology into the hands of first responders and investigators.

Dr Carter has served as editor for books on forensic sciences and published more than 30 peer-reviewed publications over the last 15 years. He has consulted on death investigations, both in the USA and abroad, for over ten years while contributing expertise in forensic taphonomy and microbiology to the training of crime scene and medicolegal death investigators as well as forensic pathologists. He is an active member of the forensic science community and is closely involved in a number of scientific societies, such as the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and the International Association for Identification, and scientific committees, such as the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC).

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Carolyn Rando.