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dc.contributor.authorPine, Kerryen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-05T04:15:03Z
dc.date.available2015-08-05T04:15:03Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.date.submitted2012
dc.identifier.other(ALMA)contemp
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/12592
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.)--Boston University PLEASE NOTE: Boston University Libraries did not receive an Authorization To Manage form for this thesis or dissertation. It is therefore not openly accessible, though it may be available by request. If you are the author or principal advisor of this work and would like to request open access for it, please contact us at open-help@bu.edu. Thank you.en_US
dc.description.abstractSoft-tissue decomposition is an important part of forensic investigation, because it helps establish time since death. Decomposition processes are influenced by a variety of factors, which vary with environmental context. It is important, therefore, to examine decomposition processes in ecologically distinct regions. Previous studies have been conducted in the Southwest, Texas, Tennessee, Canada and Europe, but none so far in the forested environment of the American Pacific Northwest. The goal of this study was to establish a soft-tissue decomposition baseline for the Pacific Northwest summer regional climate. This study documented physical processes of decomposition as well as environmental factors, specifically with respect to ambient temperature. Results exhibited a high degree of correlation with data from other entomological studies conducted in the region. Specific events were discussed in reference to the unique environmental conditions of the Pacific Northwest and their effect on the pattem and rate of the postmortem soft-tissue decomposition processes.en_US
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dc.publisherBoston Universityen_US
dc.titleDecomposition sequence in the forest environment of the pacific northwesten_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
etd.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.degree.levelmastersen_US
etd.degree.disciplineForensic Anthropologyen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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