Dr. Neal Haskell

Forensic entomologist Dr. Neal Haskell
to speak at Trine on Friday afternoon

ANGOLA, Ind. – A world-renowned scientist and one of the fathers of forensic entomology whose work has been featured on numerous television shows is scheduled to speak next week at Trine University.

Dr. Neal Haskell uses his knowledge of the life cycles of insects to determine time and location of death. He has testified as an expert witness in numerous trials across the world and country, including the 2011 Florida trial of Casey Anthony, who was accused of murdering her toddler daughter, Caylee.

Dr. Haskell is recognized as an expert witness in the courts in Canada and in 27 states in the United States.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in entomology, a Master of Science in entomology and a doctorate in forensic entomology, all from Purdue University. His master and doctorate degrees were the first such degrees earned in the country, according to the American Institute of Forensic Education.

The Trine University Future Forensic Scientist (TUFFS) club invited Dr. Haskell to speak at Trine. He is scheduled to speak from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in Best Hall, room 229. There is no admission charge and the talk is open to the public.

"We are honored to have Dr. Haskell, a distinguished and accomplished scientist in the field of forensic entomology, visit Trine," said Dr. Ruth Kohlmeier, a forensic pathologist who teaches at Trine and serves as advisor of TUFFS. "His expertise and work in the field is sure to be compelling to our students and visitors who attend his speech."

Dr. Haskell is well-known in the forensic science community as one of the founders of forensic entomology in criminal investigation. Entomology refers to insects and forensics refers to investigation into the cause of death. He co-authored the first textbook on forensic entomology for law enforcement and has been hired by hundreds of law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and Indiana State Police, as a forensic entomology consultant.

Dr. Haskell is a faculty member in the biology department at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind. He has received 11 grants for his research.

His work has been featured on PBS, A&E, The History Channel and The Learning Channel and in Popular Science and Discovery magazines. Dr. Haskell's work has also been published in several major journals and books and helped inspire the popular television show "CSI," short for crime scene investigators. The book "Dead Reckoning" by Dr. Michael Baden and Marion Roach devotes a full chapter to Dr. Haskell's research and training in Rensselaer and interesting case studies.