David Rivers, Ph.D.
David Rivers, Ph.D., focuses his research on forensic entomology, the interactions between flies and parasitic wasps important to criminal investigations. In 2016, he led a team of faculty members that was awarded a $154,521 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help ensure more accurate analysis of critical evidence in crime scene investigations by developing a technique for law enforcement to distinguish fly artifacts from human bloodstains. Dr. Rivers also co-authored a textbook, The Science of Forensic Entomology, that was published in 2014. His latest, endeavor, though, is training the next generation of biologists. In 2016, he was awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create and lead the Mid-Atlantic Biology Research and Career network, a group of biotech educators and professionals across the region committed to preparing students for careers in biotechnology. “I’m confident that the network will show students that there’s more to careers in science than they know,” he says.
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