William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine
Dr. Byrd is a Board Certified Forensic Entomologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. He is the current Vice-President of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, and the Immediate 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. Dr. Byrd is the Associate Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. At the University of Florida, he instructs courses in forensic science at the University of Florida’s nationally recognized Hume Honors College. He served for over a decade as a faculty member of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine.
Outside of academics Dr. Byrd serves as an Administrative Officer within the National Disaster Medical System, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region IV. He also serves as the Logistics Chief for 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. 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, and he has over 15 years experience in the collection and analysis of entomological evidence. Dr. Byrd is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
- PhD, Entomology, University of Florida
- MS, Entomology, University of Florida
- BS, Agriculture, University of Florida