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Lauren Weidner

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Assistant Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2352
Asst Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2352
Asst Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2352
Biography: 

Lauren Weidner is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Her research interests focus on improving the field of forensic entomology in Arizona and the Southwestern United States. Specifically, she is interested in the biodiversity and species composition of forensically important blow flies throughout Arizona, larval morphology of forensically important blow flies, blow fly development and initial insect colonization in arid environments with high temperatures.

Education: 

Ph.D. in Entomology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

B.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Research Interests: 

Dr. Weidner's research interests pertain to strengthening the field of forensic entomology in Arizona and the surrounding southwestern United States. Her main focus pertains to initial insect colonization of remains and how Arizona's environmental parameters play a role in this. She is also interested in blow fly larval morphology, and blow fly development under various conditions.

Publications: 

Book Chapters

Gemmellaro, M.D. and L.M. Weidner. 2019. The Professional History of Forensic Entomology In Forensic Entomology: The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations, 3rd ed. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

 

Huntington, T.E., Weidner, L.M., and R.D. Hall. 2019. Introduction: Current Perceptions and Status of Forensic Entomology In Forensic Entomology: The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations, 3rd ed. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

 

Papers

Weidner, L.M., G. Nigoghosian, C.G. Hanau, and D.E. Jennings. 2020. Analysis of alternative food sources for rearing entomological evidence. J. Med. Entomol. Doi:10.1093/jme/tjaa060

 

Gemmellaro, M.D., C. Bucolo, E. Musumeci, and L.M. Weidner. 2018. First observations of initial blow fly (Diptera: Calliphoridae) activity on lava fields and in subterranean environments in Sicily in cool temperatures. J. Med. Entomol. 55 (6): 1622-1626.

 

Weidner, L.M., M.D. Gemmellaro, J.K. Tomberlin, and G.C. Hamilton. 2017. Evaluation of bait traps as a means to predict initial blow fly (Diptera: Calliphoridae) communities associated with decomposing swine remains in New Jersey, US. For. Sci. Int. 278: 95-100.

 

Weidner, L.M., M.A. Monzon, and G.C. Hamilton. 2016. Death eaters respond to the dark mark of decomposition by day and night: observations of initial insect activity on pig carcasses. Int. J. Legal Med. 130: 1633-1637.

 

Weidner, L.M., D.E. Jennings, J.K. Tomberlin and G.C. Hamilton. 2015. Seasonal and geographic variation in biodiversity of forensically important blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in New Jersey, USA. J. Med. Entomol. 52: 937-946

 

Puvabanditsin, S., L. Malik, L.M. Weidner, S. Jadhav, J. Sanderman, and R. Mehta. 2014. Neonatal umbilical cord myiasis in New Jersey. Journal of Perinatology. 34: 718-719.

 

Weidner, L.M., J.K. Tomberlin, and G.C. Hamilton. 2014. Development of Lucilia coeruleiviridis (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in New Jersey, USA. Florida Entomologist. 97: 849-851.

Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 410Prof Practices in Forensic Sci
FOR 493Honors Thesis
ENV 499Individualized Instruction
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
FOR 503Forensic Entomology
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 106Biol Behind the Crime Scene
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 494Special Topics
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 485For Sci Capstone
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