Michelle Louise Harvey (born in Brisbane) is an Australian forensic scientist specialising in forensic entomology (use of insects in the investigation of crimes). Her research uses insect DNA to identify maggots, which helps in estimating the time since death. 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. From 2006 to 2012 she was a senior lecturer in forensic biology at the University of Portsmouth, researching molecular relationships between forensically important Calliphoridae. She has since returned to Australia to continue her research at Deakin University, Geelong.
Honours and awards
- 2013 Winston Churchill Fellow
- 2004 Brownes Western Australian Woman of the Year in Science
- 2003 Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow of the American-Australian Association (graduate research at the Anthropological Research Facility (known as the Body Farm) in Knoxville, Tennessee)
- 2001/2002 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
- "The wriggling world of 'Maggot Girl'". Portsmouth Today. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
- Wojtas, Olga (2006-11-17). "Maggot Girl passes on forensic bug". Times Higher Education. TSL Education Ltd. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
- "The 'Maggot Girl'". Radio 4 Woman's Hour. BBC. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
- "Maggots to give crime scene clues". The Age. 2003-08-21. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
- "Dr. Michelle Harvey - Biological Sciences". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
- "School Staff, Deakin University".