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Dr. Samantha Sawyer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Mathematics. Dr. Sawyer earned her PhD in Entomology at Texas A&M University and served as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Florida in the Department of Geography and the Emerging Pathogens Institute. Dr. Sawyer’s research interests include decomposition ecology, disease ecology, population ecology, and community ecology. Her research has applications in and prepares students for fields in the forensic, biological, wildlife, veterinary, and/or medical sciences.
Dr. Sawyer is a Forensic Entomologist and provides investigators, medical examiners, and veterinarians forensically important timelines and contextual information through insect evidence in cases of neglect, abuse, and unattended/suspicious death. She has also trained veterinarian/medical personnel internationally, as well as law enforcement at local, state, and federal levels in the collection of insect evidence from remains.