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Miss Helen Ody

  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


After completing my BSc (Hons) and MRes degrees both in forensic science at the University of Derby and working as a research assistant at the University of Derby, I am now working towards completion of my PhD for which I am researching decomposition and forensic entomology in aquatic environments. This project aims to provide data on taphonomy and insect succession which can be used during forensic death scene investigations. My other research interests include blow fly egg laying behaviour. I have also previously volunteered in several non-forensic entomology roles including at the World of Butterflies and Moths (formerly the Lepidoptera Breeders Association), the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Currently I am on the review board for the Portsmouth Postgraduate Review, and on the committee for the PGRS seminar series.



A comparison of decomposition and forensic entomology in aquatic and terrestrial habitats in the South of England