Jason H Byrd

Jason H Byrd,

Associate Director

Department: MD-PATHOLOGY-GENERAL
Business Phone: (352) 294-4091
Business Email: jhbyrd@ufl.edu

About Jason H Byrd

Dr. Byrd is an Professor and Associate Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. He is a Board-Certified Forensic Entomologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. Dr. Byrd is the educational program administrator for UF’s Veterinary Forensic Sciences, Wildlife Forensic Sciences, Shelter Medicine, and Forensic Medicine educational programs. He has served as President of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, the North American Forensic Entomology Association, and the International Veterinary Forensic Science Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Dr. Byrd has been consulting on forensic casework for over 25 years in the area of postmortem interval estimation and point of origin determination. Dr. Byrd serves as a Medicolegal Death Investigator within the National Disaster Medical System, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region IV, and serves as Commander for the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System. He is a subject editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology and Insects and has published numerous scientific articles and book contributions on the use and application of entomological evidence in legal investigations. Dr. Byrd has combined his formal academic training in Entomology and Forensic Science to serve as a consultant and educator in both criminal and civil legal investigations throughout the United States and Internationally. Dr. Byrd specializes in the education of law enforcement officials, medical examiners, coroners, attorneys, and other death investigators on the use and applicability of arthropods in legal investigations. His research efforts have focused on the development and behavior of insects that have forensic importance.

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2015-2018,2020-2025
VME6910 Supervised Research
2015-2025
VME6905 Problems in Veterinary Medical Sciences
2015-2025
VME6971 Research for Master’s Thesis
2013-2018,2020-2025,2023-2025
VME6934 Topics in Veterinary Medical Sciences
2012-2023
ENY6706 Forensic Entomology
2020-2023
VEM5424 Veterinary Forensic Pathology
2020
GMS6350 Forensic Investigation
2020
GMS6362 Principles of Crime Scene Investigation
2019
WIS6934 Topics in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
2018
VME6577 Practicing Pathology
2018
ANG7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2006-2010,2017
IDH3931 Interdisciplinary Junior Honors
2006-2015
ANT4740 Introduction to Forensic Science
2013-2014,2021-2023
VME6575 Veterinary Forensic Medicine
2013-2014
VME6051 Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence
2014
VME6052 Animal Crime Scene Processing
2013-2014
VME6054 Scientific and Legal Principles of Forensic Evidence
2011-2012
VEM5324 Vet Forensic Medicine
2021
GMS6352L Artifacts of Decomposition Laboratory
2022-2024
VEM5895 Veterinary Forensics Clerkship

Board Certifications

  • Forensic Entomologist
    American Board of Forensic Entomology

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0001-7196-5270

Publications

2023
A case of facultative ophthalmomyiasis externa due to Calliphoridae and review of the literature
American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports. 30 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajoc.2023.101822. [PMID] 36915894.
2023
Review of the current and potential use of biological and molecular methods for the estimation of the postmortem interval in animals and humans
Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 35(2):97-108 [DOI] 10.1177/10406387231153930. [PMID] 36744749.
2022
The Pink Teeth Phenomenon in Dogs and a Cat
Forensic Sciences. 2(4):650-656 [DOI] 10.3390/forensicsci2040048.
2021
A review of the Forensic Entomology literature in the south‐eastern United States
WIREs Forensic Science. 3(5) [DOI] 10.1002/wfs2.1411.
2021
Evolution, Ecology, and Zoonotic Transmission of Betacoronaviruses: A Review
Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 8 [DOI] 10.3389/fvets.2021.644414. [PMID] 34095271.
2021
Forensic Entomology: An introduction to the literature of the United States
WIREs Forensic Science. 3(5) [DOI] 10.1002/wfs2.1435.
2020
An introduction to postmortem interval estimation in medicolegal death investigations
WIREs Forensic Science. 2(5) [DOI] 10.1002/wfs2.1373.
2020
Forensic entomology for the investigator
WIREs Forensic Science. 2(4) [DOI] 10.1002/wfs2.1370.
2016
Forensic Entomology in Animal Cruelty Cases
Veterinary Pathology. 53(5):898-909 [DOI] 10.1177/0300985816651683.
2006
Interdisciplinary workshop yields new entomological data for forensic sciences: Chrysomya rufifacies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) established in North Carolina.
Journal of medical entomology. 43(6):1287-8 [PMID] 17162965.
1998
Effects of temperature on Sarcophaga haemorrhoidalis (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) development.
Journal of medical entomology. 35(5):694-8 [PMID] 9775595.
1997
Effects of temperature on Chrysomya rufifacies (Diptera:Calliphoridae) development.
Journal of medical entomology. 34(3):353-8 [PMID] 9151502.
1997
Underwater cave diving fatalities in Florida: a review and analysis.
Journal of forensic sciences. 42(5):807-11 [PMID] 9304826.
1996
Effects of temperature on Cochliomyia macellaria (Diptera:Calliphoridae) development.
Journal of medical entomology. 33(6):901-5 [PMID] 8961637.

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-4091
Emails:
Business:
jhbyrd@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Mailing:
PO BOX 100275
MAPLES CENTER FOR FORENSIC MEDICINE
GAINESVILLE FL 326100275
Business Street:
4800 SW 35TH DR
WILLIAM R. MAPLES CENTER FOR FORENSIC MEDICI
GAINESVILLE FL 326087686