David Rivers

David Rivers

Loyola University Maryland
Department of Forensic science


Dr. David Rivers is Professor of Biology and Director of Forensic Studies at Loyola University Maryland.  He received his B.S. in Biology from Ball State University, a Ph.D. in Entomology with a concentration in Insect Physiology from the Ohio State University, and was a NIH post-doctoral fellow in Cellular and Molecular Parasitology at the University of Wisconsin.  He is a member of the North American Forensic Entomology Association, Entomological Society of America, International Society of Bloodstain Pattern Analyst, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and Council of Forensic Science Educators.  He serves on the Advisory Committee to the Center for Forensic Excellence at Stevenson University, where he also chairs the Forensic Educators Committee.  He is author of two books (The Science of Forensic Entomology and Insects: Evolutionary Success, Unrivaled Diversity and World Domination, edited two others, 7 book chapters, and 52 peer-reviewed research articles.

Research interest:

Analysis of insect stains; Developmental studies of necrophagous flies and parasitic wasps; Maggot mass physiology and heterothermy; Insect adaptions to carrion communities.