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Jason Byrd a 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. He was twice elected President of the American Board of Forensic Entomology and is a Past-President of the North American Forensic Entomology Association. He is the first person to be elected President of both professional North American Forensic Entomology Associations. Outside of academia Jason serves within the National Disaster Medical System, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region IV. He also serves as the Commander of the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System. Currently he serves as a subject editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology. He has published numerous scientific articles on the use and application of entomological evidence in legal investigations. Jason 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. Jason specialises 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 behaviour of insects that have forensic importance, and he has over 20 years experience in the collection and analysis of entomological evidence. Jason Byrd is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the current President-Elect of the Council of Forensic Science Educators.