Forensic ecology - a joint course with CUSO

18-19 February 2015

A workshop in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Program in Ecology & Evolution

Organizer: Edward Mitchell, University of Neuchâtel



The objective of the workshop is to give an introduction to forensic ecology.

The workshop addresses both fundamental themes such as disturbance ecology, resistance and resilience of communities and ecological processes to perturbations and applied aspects such as estimation of the time since death in criminal investigations.

Invited lecturers cover these different topics, and the workshop will therefore be of interest to a diverse range of people.


  • Jens Amendt , Institute of Legal Medicine, Frankfurt, Germany: Natural detectives - how evidence from nature can help to solve crimes
  • Wim Bert , University of Gent, Belgium: Nematodes-versatile animals with infinite potentials
  • Bertrand Fournier , University of Montpellier 2, France: Cadavers as a disturbance in ecosystems
  • Maria Alejandra Perotti , University of Reading, U.K.: Basic concepts in forensic acarology
  • Hanne Steel , University of Gent, Belgium: Compost-a case study of nematode succession



The workshop includes both theoretical and practical parts allowing participants to analyse data to understand the processes and methods.

Mornings: Lectures (concepts, examples of research questions, current methods and debates)

Afternoons: Exercises with data sets (provided by teachers and/or by participants)

Day 1: Ecological disturbance and succession (Bertrand Fournier, Edward Mitchell)

Day 2: Forensic ecology and applications (Wim Bert, Hanne Steel, Jens Amendt, Alejandra Perotti)

General information

Dates :  18 - 19 February 2015

Schedule :  8.55 - 17.00

Location : University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, bâtiment C, room C001

ECTS : 0.5 (attendance only), 1.0 (with poster presentation)

Evaluation : Full attendance and active participation

Registration fee : free

Information : Please contact Prof. Edward Mitchell or the doctoral program coordinator Dr Christiane Bobillier

Travel expenses : For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology: see reimbursement conditions
For participants of the CUSO doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution: see CUSO E&E web site

MAKE SURE you SIGN the ATTENDANCE LIST EACH and EVERY DAY and TAKE your ATTESTATION of ATTENDANCE at the END of the COURSE (no attestation will be sent by mail)


This course is free and open to all, however until 23 December priority is given to PhD students of the 2 programs

Maximum number of participants: 35

Registration through the web only: closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 30).

Deadline: 10 February 2015