Jeffrey Wells

Jeffrey Wells


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago.
M.S. Washington State University.
B.A. University of Washington.

Research Interests:

Dr. Wells’ research concerns the development of new genotyping methods and statistical analyses for forensic biology and insect evolution. Current research projects include 1) novel protocols for human identity and paternity testing, 2) population genetics of forensically important insects, 3) biosystematics of the fly superfamily Oestroidea, and 3) statistical methods for estimating time of death.

Selected Publications:

  • Wells, J.D, Linville JG. in press. Overview [of forensic DNA methods]. in Siegel JA, Saukko P (eds)Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. Elsevier.
  • Picard, C.J. and J.D. Wells. 2012. A test for carrion fly full siblings: a tool for detecting postmortem relocation of a corpse. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 57:535-538.
  • Singh, B., Kurahashi, H., Wells, J.D. 2011. Molecular phylogeny of the Chrysomya. Medical and Veterinary Entomology. 25: 126-134.
  • Wells, J.D., J.R. Stevens. 2008. Applications of DNA-based methods in forensic entomology. Annual Review of Entomology 53:103-120
  • Wells, J.D. and D.W. Williams. 2007. Validation of a DNA-based method for identifying Chrysomyinae (Diptera: Calliphoridae) used in a death investigation. International Journal of Legal Medicine. 121:1-8.
  • Wells, J.D. and L.R. LaMotte. 2001. Estimating the postmortem interval. pp. 263-285 in Byrd, J. and Castner, J.L. (eds.) Forensic Entomology: The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations. CRC Press.
  • LaMotte, L.R. & J.D. Wells. 2000. P-values for postmortem intervals from arthropod succession data. Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics 5:58-68.