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Sasha Voss

Dr Sasha Voss

Lecturer
Human Sciences, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Human Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M309)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 7290
Email
sasha.voss@uwa.edu.au
Biography
Dr Sasha Voss is a lecturer in forensic entomology based at the Centre for Forensic Anthropology at the University of Western Australia. Her research interests encompass medical and veterinary entomology with a focus on forensic applications, specifically the behaviour, physiology and ecology of insects inhabiting a decomposition environment. Her work has encompassed a range of forensic entomology applications including the use of parasitic wasps as indicators of time since death, factors influencing insect succession onto decomposing remains, novel methods to accurately assess insect developmental stages and phenotypic plasticity in blowflies. A key aim of her research is to validate and improve the accuracy of entomological estimates of time since death in forensic practice.
Key research
Decomposition and insect succession
Factors influencing insect development
Parasitoid-host interactions
Associative learning and host location in parasitoids
Biological control of agricultural pests
Publications
Selected publications:

Voss SC, Magni P, Dadour I, Nansen C (2017). Reflectance-based determination of age and species of blowfly puparia. International Journal of Legal Medicine 131 (1): 263 - 274.

McIntosh CS, Dadour IR, Voss SC (2016). A comparison of carcass decomposition and associated insect succession onto burnt and unburnt pig carcasses. International Journal of Legal Medicine: 1-11. doi: 10.1007/s00414-016-1464-7

Harvey, M, Gasz, N and Voss, SC (2016). Entomology-based methods for estimation of postmortem interval. Research and Reports in Forensic Medical Science 6: 1-9. Open Access DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.2147/RRFMS.S68867

Magni, PA, Voss, SC, Testi, R, Borrini, M, & Dadour, I R (2015). A Biological and Procedural Review of Forensically Significant Dermestes Species (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). Journal of Medical Entomology 52 (5): 765-769.

Voss SC, Cook DF, Hung W-F and Dadour IR (2014). Survival and development of the forensically important blow fly, Calliphora varifrons (Diptera: Calliphoridae) at constant temperatures. Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology 10 (3): 314-321.

Cook DF, Voss SC and Dadour IR (2012). The laying of live larvae by the blowfly Calliphora varifrons (Diptera: Calliphoridae). Forensic Science International 223 (1-3): 44-46.

Voss SC, Cook DF and Dadour IR (2011). Decomposition and insect succession of clothed and unclothed carcass in Western Australia. Forensic Science International 211 (1-3): 67-75.

Voss SC, Spafford H and Dadour IR (2010). Temperature-dependant development of the parasitoid Tachinaephagus zealandicus Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), on five forensically important carrion fly species. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 24 (2): 189-198. J

Voss SC, Spafford H and Dadour IR (2010). Temperature-dependant development of Nasonia vitripennis on five forensically important carrion fly species. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 150 (1):1-11.

Voss SC, Spafford H and Dadour IR (2009). Annual and seasonal patterns of insect succession on decomposing remains at two locations in Western Australia. Forensic Science International 193 (1-3):26-36.

Voss SC, Spafford H and Dadour IR (2009). Hymenopteran parasitoids of forensic importance: host associations, seasonality, and prevalence of parasitoids of carrion flies in Western Australia. Journal of Medical Entomology 46 (5): 1210-1219.

Voss SC, Spafford H and Dadour IR (2009). Host location and behavioural response patterns of the parasitoid, Tachinaephagus zealandicus Ashmead (Hymenotpera: Encyrtidae), to host and host-habitat odours. Ecological Entomology 34 (2): 204-213.

Voss SC, Forbes SL and Dadour IR (2008). Decomposition and insect succession on cadavers inside a vehicle environment. Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology 4 (1): 22-32.

Funding received
2012 - UWA Competition: Selling Your Project Idea.

2012 - Staff Development Grant ($750) to attend a Forensic Diptera Identification Course, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland.

2011 - Research Development Award for a study entitled, ‘Geographic origin and temperature-dependant development of the blowfly, Calliphora dubia, an important forensic indicator of time since death’.

2009 - Grant for Research Student Training to attend an FBI Human Remains Recovery course and conduct human remains research at the University of Tennessee, USA.
Memberships
Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS).

Australian Entomological Society (AES).

Honours and awards
2014 Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) Travel Award.

2008 Convocation: UWA Graduates Association Postgraduate Travel Award.

2008 Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) Travel Award.

2007 Postgraduate Teaching Internship, UWA.

2006 Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) Travel Award.


Previous positions
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Western Australia
Arbovirus Research and Surveillance Laboratory
Teaching
Mysteries of Forensic Science
Death Investigations
Ethics and Research Methods (Biostatistics)
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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