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Jeff Tomberlin

Tomberlin, Jeff
Jeff Tomberlin
Associate Professor and Program Director - Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program
Building 1051, Room 102
(979) 845-9718
Undergraduate Education
B.S. Biological Sciences The University of Georgia 1993
Graduate Education
Ph.D. Entomology The University of Georgia 2001
M.S. Entomology Clemson University 1996


My areas of interest and expertise are the ecology and biology of flies associated with decomposing matter. Primarily, my research falls into two categories, 1) determine proper methods for suppressing fly populations associated with animal waste on confined animal facilities, 2) understanding the biology of insects that colonize human remains in order to assist law enforcement personnel in estimating the time of colonization of a corpse in order to provide a minimum postmortem interval.


FIVS 205, Introduction to Forensic and Investigative Sciences, Texas A&M University, fall semesters.

FIVS 415, Practice & Principles of Science & Law, Texas A&M University, spring semesters.

FIVS 481, Seminar, Texas A&M University, spring semesters.

Forensic Entomology, AGRI4903/5903-CJ4853/5153. Tarleton State University. 2004.

Anatomy & Physiology, Biol2011 and Biol2011L. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. 2002.

Introduction to Biology, Biol2107 and Biol2107L, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. 2000.

Forensic Entomology, Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. 2000- 2002.

Forensic Sciences, Continuing Education Program, University of Georgia. 2000.


Tomberlin, J.K., P.H. Adler, and H. Myers. 2009. Development of black soldier fly (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) in relation to temperature. Environ. Entomol. 38: 930-934.

Boyd, E.S., J.K. Tomberlin, T.R. McDermott, and G.G. Geesey. 2009.Methylmercury enters an aquatic food web through acidophilic microbial mats in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Environ. Microbiol. 11: 950-959.

1Liu, Q., J. Brady, 2M.R. Sanford, Z. Yu, and J.K. Tomberlin. 2008. Black soldier fly (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) larvae reduce Escherichia coli in dairy manure. Environ. Entomol. 37: 1525-1530.

Tomberlin, J.K., G.C. Rains, and M.R. Sanford. Invited paper. 2008. A review of associative learning by Microplitis croceipes (Hymenoptera: Braconidae): potential for development of biological sensors. Entomol. Exper. Appl. 128: 249-257.

Rains, G.C., J.K. Tomberlin, and D. Kulasiri. Invited paper. 2008. Using insect sniffing devices for detection. Trends Biotechnol. 26: 288-294.

Tomberlin, J.K., D. Richman, and H.M. Myers. 2008. Susceptibility of Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) from broiler facilities in Texas, U.S.A. to four insecticides. J. Econ. Entomol. 101: 480-483.

Myers, H., J.K. Tomberlin, B. Lambert, and D. Kattes. 2008. Development of the black soldier fly on dairy manure. Environ. Entomol. 37: 11-15.

-Tomberlin, J.K., K.H. Lohmeyer, and D. Kattes. 2007. Treatment of pastures with diflubenzeron suppresses horn fly, Haematobia irritans (Diptera: Muscidae) development. J. Agric. Urban Entomol. 24: 95-101.

St-Hilaire, S., C. Sheppard, J.K. Tomberlin, K. Cranfill, M.A. McGuire, E.E. Mosley, L. Newton, W. Sealey, and S. Irving. Submitted 2006. Fish offal recycling by the black soldier fly produces a foodstuff high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Ani. Feed Sci. Tech.

Tomberlin, J.K., G.C. Rains, S.A. Allan, M.R. Sanford, and W.J. Lewis. Submitted 2005. Associative Learning of Odor with Food or Blood Meal by Culex quinquefasciatus Say (Diptera: Culicidae). Naturwissenschaften.

St-Hilaire, S., C. Sheppard, J.K. Tomberlin, M. McGuire, E.E. Mosley, S. Irving, L. Newton, R. Hardy, and W. Sealey. Submitted 2005. Waste recycling by insects produces valuable feedstuff for fish. J. Anim. Sci.

Tomberlin, J.K, M. Tertuliano, G.C. Rains, and W.J. Lewis. 2005. Conditioned Microplitis croceipes Cresson (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) detect and respond to 2,4-DNT: development of a biological sensor. J. For. Sci. 50: 1187-1190.

Tertuliano, M., J.K. Tomberlin, Z. Jurkevic, G. Rains, D. Wilson, and W.J. Lewis. 2005. Fungal age and media type affect the ability of conditioned Microplitis croceipes (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) to distinguish between aflatoxin and non-aflatoxin fungus strains. Chemoecol. 15: 89-95.

Tomberlin, J.K., D.C. Sheppard, and J.A. Joyce. 2005. Colonization of pig carrion by the black soldier fly (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). J. For. Sci. 50: 152-153.

Rains, G.C., J.K. Tomberlin, M. D’Alessandro, and W.J. Lewis. 2004. Limits of volatile chemical detection of a parasitoid wasp, Microplitis croceipes, and an electronic nose: a comparative study. J. Appl. Eng. 47: 2145-2152.

Tomberlin, J.K. 2004. Biological control and invasive species management in the United States: a student debate. American Entomol. 49: 238-249.

Tomberlin, J.K. and D.C. Sheppard. 2002. Factors influencing mating and oviposition of black soldier flies (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) in a colony. J. Entomol. Sci. 37: 345-352.

Sheppard, D.C., J.K. Tomberlin, J.A. Joyce, B.C. Kiser, and S.M. Sumner. 2002. Rearing and colony maintenance of the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (L.) (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). J. Med. Entomol. 39: 695-698.

Wells, J.D., M.L. Goff, J.K. Tomberlin, and H. Kurahashi. 2002. Molecular systematics of the endemic Hawaiian blowfly genus Dyscritomyia Grimshaw, (Diptera: Calliphoridae). Med. Entomol. Zool. 53: 231-238.

Tomberlin, J.K., D.C. Sheppard, and J.A. Joyce. 2002. Susceptibility of the black soldier fly (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) to four pesticides. J. Econ. Entomol. 95: 598-602.

Tomberlin, J.K., D.C. Sheppard, and J.A. Joyce. 2002. A comparison of selected life history traits of the black soldier fly (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) when reared on three diets. Annals Entomol. Soc. Amer. 95: 379-387.

Tomberlin, J.K. and D.C. Sheppard. 2001. Lekking behavior of the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). Flor. Entomol. 84: 729-730.

Tomberlin, J.K., W.K. Reeves, and D.C. Sheppard. 2001. First record of Chrysomya megacephala (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in Georgia, USA. Flor. Entomol. 84: 300-301.

Tomberlin, J.K. and P.H. Adler. 1998. Colonization and decomposition of rat carrion in water and on land in South Carolina. J. Med. Vet. Entomol. 35: 704-709.

Tomberlin, J.K. 1997. Mating behavior of Dasymutilla occidentalis (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae). Entomol. News 108: 310-311.


Sheppard, C., J.K. Tomberlin, and G.L. Newton. 1998. Use of soldier fly larvae to
reduce manure, control house fly larvae, and produce high quality feedstuff.
Proc. Nat. Poultry Waste Management Symposium 6: 405-409.