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2005-2010 Ph.D., Department of Biology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

2000-2002 M.Sc., Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

1996-2000 B.Sc., Biology/Chemistry, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New  Brunswick

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Courses Taught / Teaching

  • FIS 40201 Forensic Biology I Lab, Fall
  • FIS 52100 Forensic Biology, Fall
  • FIS 50500 Current Issues in Forensic Science (Co-taught with J. Goodpaster), Fall
  • FIS 59700 Laboratory Project Design, Spring


The lab's main research interests concern the population genetics and genomics of forensically important insects. As with many other taxa, the growing availability of high-throughput sequencing makes it much easier to understand the genetic control and natural variation in carrion insect phenotypes.



Publications & Professional Activities

CG Owings, C Skaggs, W Sheriff, N Manicke, CJ Picard.  Chemical assay for the detection of vertebrate fecal metabolites in adult blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae).  Environmental Entomology (Accepted).

GM Dembinski, C Sobieralski Jr., CJ Picard (2018).  Estimation of the number of contributors of theoretical mixture profiles based on allele counting: Does increasing the number of loci increase success rate of estimates?  Forensic Science International: Genetics. 33: 24-32.

CJ Picard, JD Wells, A Ullyot, K Rognes (2017).  Amplified fragment length polymorphism analysis supports the valid separate species status of Lucilia caesar and L. illustris (Diptera: Calliphoridae).   Forensic Sciences Research.  DOI: 10.1080/20961790.2017.1398286

GM Dembinski, CJ Picard (2017).  Effects of microbial DNA on human DNA profiles generated using the PowerPlex(r) 16 HS system.  Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 52: 208-214.

W Kranz, C Carroll, DA Dixon, CJ Picard, JV Goodpaster (2017).  Optimization of total vaporization solid phase microextraction (TV-SPME) for the determination of lipid profiles of Phormia regina, a forensically important blow fly species.  Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 409 (27): 6349-6357.

W Kranz, C Carroll, DA Dixon, JV Goodpaster, CJ Picard (2017).  Factors affecting species identifications of blow fly pupae based upon chemical profiles and multivariate statistics.  Insects 8(2); doi: 10.3990/insects8020043.

AA Andere, RN Platt II, DA Ray, CJ Picard. (2016) Genome sequence of Phormia regina: Implications for medical, veterinary and forensic research. BMC Genomics, 17: 1-17.

CG Owings, CJ Picard (2016) Survey of carrion beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) distribution and diversity in Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Sciences, 124: 124-128.

J.K. Tomberlin, A. van Huis, M.E. Benbow, H. Jordan, D.A. Astuti, D. Azzollini, I. Banks, V. Bava, C. Borgemeister, J.A. Cammack, R.S. Chapkin, H. Cickova, T.L. Crippen, A. Day, M. Dicke, D.J.W. Drew, C. Emhart, M. Epstein, M. Finke, C.H. Fischer,D. Gatlin, N.Th. Grabowski, C. He, L. Heckman, A. Hubert, J. Jacobs, J. Josephs, S.K. Khanal, J.-F. Kleinfinger, G. Klein, C. Leach, Y. Liu, G.L. Newton, R. Olivier, J.L. Pechal, CJ Picard, S. Rojo, A. Roncarati, C. Sheppard, A.M. Tarone, B. Verstappen, A. Vickerson, H. Yang, A.L. Yen, Z. Yu, J. Zhang and L. Zheng. (2015) "Protecting the environment through insect farming as a means to produce protein for use as livestock, poultry, and aquaculture feed". Journal of Insects as Food and Feed 1(4): 307-309. 

AM Salam, FK Adham, CJ Picard (2015) "Survey of the genetic diversity of forensically important Chrysomya blow flies from Egypt." Journal of Medical Entomology, 52(3): 320-328.

KJ Faulds, JD Wells, CJ Picard (2014) "Verification of AFLP kinship methods by sequencing." Journal of Forensic Sciences, 245: 58-62.

GM Dembinski, CJ Picard (2014) "Evaluation of the IrisPlex DNA-based eye color prediction tool the United States." Forensic Science International: Genetics. 9:111-117. GM Dembinski, CJ Picard (2016) "Corrigendum to Evaluation of the IrisPlex DNA- based eye color prediction tool the United States." Forensic Science International: Genetics: 211-213.  

CJ Picard (2013) "First record of Chrysomya megacephala Fabricius (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in Indiana, U.S.A." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 115: 265-267.

CJ Picard, K DeBlois, F Tovar, JL Bradley, JS Johnston, AM Tarone (2013) "Increasing precision in development- based PMI estimates: What's sex got to do with it?" Journal of Medical Entomology, 50: 425-431.

CJ Picard, MH Villet, JD Wells (2012) "Amplified fragment length polymorphism confirms reciprocal monophyly in Chrysomya putoria and Chrysomya chloropyga: a correction of reported shared mtDNA haplotypes." Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 26: 116-119.

CJ Picard, JD Wells (2012) "A test for carrion fly full siblings: a tool for detecting postmortem relocation of a corpse." Journal of Forensic Sciences, 57(2): 535-538.

CJ Picard, JS Johnston, AM Tarone (2012) "Genome sizes of forensically relevant Diptera" Journal of Medical Entomology, 49(1): 192-197.

AM Tarone, CJ Picard, C Spieglman, DR Foran (2011) "Population and temperature effects on Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae) body size and minimum development time." Journal of Medical Entomology, 48(5): 1062-1068.

CJ Picard, JD Wells (2010) "The Population Genetic Structure of North American Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae) and the utility of genetic assignment methods for reconstruction of postmortem corpse relocation." Forensic Science International, 195:63-67.

CJ Picard, JD Wells (2009) "Survey of the Genetic Diversity of Phormia regina (Diptera: Calliphoridae) Using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphisms." Journal of Medical Entomology, 46:664-670.



CJ Picard, JJ Parrott, J Whale (2015). "Population genetics and molecular evolution of carrion-associated arthropods" in: Carrion Ecology, Evolution and Their Applications, ME Benbow, JK Tomberlin and AM Tarone Eds., Taylor & Francis, London UK.

AM Tarone, CJ Picard, B Singh (2015). "Molecular biology in forensic entomology" in: International Dimensions and Frontiers in Forensic Entomology, JK Tomberlin, ME Benbow, AM Tarone, Eds. Taylor & Francis, London UK.