Christine J. Picard, Ph.D.

Professor, Biology

Director, Forensic and Investigative Sciences (FIS) Program

SL 204
(317) 278-1050
Research Areas:


The lab’s main research interests concern the population genetics and genomics of forensically important insects. As with many other taxa, the growing availability of high-throughput sequencing makes it much easier to understand the genetic control and natural variation in carrion insect phenotypes.


2005-2010 Ph.D., Department of Biology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

2000-2002 M.Sc., Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

1996-2000 B.Sc., Biology/Chemistry, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New  Brunswick

Publications & Professional Activity

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Book chapters

CJ Picard, JJ Parrott, J Whale (2015). “Population genetics and molecular evolution of carrion-associated arthropods” in: Carrion Ecology, Evolution and Their Applications, ME Benbow, JK Tomberlin and AM Tarone Eds., Taylor & Francis, London UK.

AM Tarone, CJ Picard, B Singh (2015). “Molecular biology in forensic entomology” in: International Dimensions and Frontiers in Forensic Entomology, JK Tomberlin, ME Benbow, AM Tarone, Eds. Taylor & Francis, London UK.