Michelle Harvey

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Michelle Louise Harvey (born in Brisbane) is an Australian forensic scientist specialising in forensic entomology (use of insects in the investigation of crimes).[1][2] Her research uses insect DNA to identify maggots, which helps in estimating the time since death.[2][3][4] Harvey has published widely on her research and been a guest speaker at many conferences. She is active in the promotion of science through public speaking engagements and the media.


Harvey completed her PhD / Master of Forensic Science degree in 2006 at the Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and graduated in March 2007.[5] From 2006 to 2012 she was a senior lecturer in forensic biology at the University of Portsmouth,[1][2] researching molecular relationships between forensically important Calliphoridae.[5] She has since returned to Australia to continue her research at Deakin University, Geelong.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "The wriggling world of 'Maggot Girl'". Portsmouth Today. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wojtas, Olga (2006-11-17). "Maggot Girl passes on forensic bug". Times Higher Education. TSL Education Ltd. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  3. ^ "The 'Maggot Girl'". Radio 4 Woman's Hour. BBC. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  4. ^ "Maggots to give crime scene clues". The Age. 2003-08-21. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Dr. Michelle Harvey - Biological Sciences". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  6. ^ "School Staff, Deakin University".