BIOL 472.04
Forensic Botany Case Reports Seminar
Spring 2020, 1 credit, meeting W 11-1:50 pm



Supporting Materials

Syllabus (handed out in class; contact Dr. Hardy for a second copy if needed)

Article Notes-taking Template (notes-template.docx)

Sample of a Final Exam Study Guide for one of my recent seminars (mix of multiple choice and essay or short answer)



Week of Jan 20:
1) Hall DW. 2012. Introduction to forensic botany. Pp 1-11 (Chapter 1) in DW Hall, JH Byrd (eds) Forensic Botany: A Practical Guide. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. London.

Unit 1

Week of Jan 27:
1) Preface to Hall & Hardy (in prep.).
2) Koehler A. 1937. Technique used in tracing the Lindbergh kidnapping ladder. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 27: 712-724.

Week of Feb 03:
Hardy CR, CD Steinhart. 2013. Forensic botany in the resolution of an agricultural vandalism case. Journal of Forensic Identification 63: 144-154.

Week of Feb 10:
Chapter 1 in Hall & Hardy (in prep.).

Week of Feb 17:
Gitzendanner MA. 2012.  Use and guidelines for plant DNA analyses in forensics. Pp 93-106 in DW Hall, JH Byrd (eds) Forensic Botany: A Practical Guide, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. London.

Unit 2

Week of Feb 24:
1) Boroughs D. 2003. Modern battle to save ancient plants. National Wildlife Magazine 41, issue 2.
2) Kessler L. 2005. The cult of the cycads. The New York Times Magazine, 28 Aug 2004 issue.

Week of Mar 02:
Pittman C. 2005. Orchid thief: The case of the purloined orchid. Sarasota Magazine, 1 Mar 2005 issue.

Week of Mar 09:
Congiu L, M Chicca, R Cella, R Rossi, G Bernacchia. 2000. The use of random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers to identify strawberry varieties: a forensic application. Molecular Ecology 9: 229-232.

Week of Mar 16:
Spring Break

Week of Mar 23:
Spring Break

Unit 3

Week of Mar 30:
Carlier J, E Escard, M Peoc’h, B Boyer, L Romeuf, T Faict, J Guitton, Y Gaillard. 2014. Atropine eye drops: an unusual homicidal poisoning. Journal of Forensic Sciences 59: 859-864.

Week of Apr 06:
Chapter 2 in Hall & Hardy (in prep.)


Unit 4

Week of Apr 13:


Finale Forensic Botany Practical

Week of Apr 20: Crime Scene Investigation
Hall DW, JH Byrd. 2012. Evidence collection and analysis. Pp 45-78 (Chapter 3) in DW Hall, JH Byrd (eds) Forensic Botany: A Practical Guide. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. London.

Week of Apr 27:
Hardy CR. 2012. A primer on forensic microscopy. Pp 107-118 (Chapter 6) in DW Hall, JH Byrd (eds) Forensic Botany: A Practical Guide. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. London.

Final Exam

Friday, May 8, 8:00-10:00