President letter



Thank you for the opportunity to serve NAFEA as President for the upcoming year. It is truly an honor to return to the Executive Board, as I served as Secretary from 2006-2009. NAFEA has been an important part of my career development, and I have always enjoyed being a part of the organization and attending the annual meetings.

Since the first meeting in 2003, NAFEA has matured into a forward-thinking, research-oriented organization. Over the course of the organization’s development, there has been much discourse regarding experimental design and scientific rigor. I hope that NAFEA will continue along this path and set an example for researchers in forensic entomology worldwide.

NAFEA has also maintained a focus on student participation and research. Undergraduate and graduate students are critical to the future of forensic entomology, and NAFEA should continue to find ways to support student research and travel.

I also believe that it is important for NAFEA to foster relationships with other groups and organizations including, but not limited to, the ABFE (American Board of Forensic Entomology), EAFE (European Association for Forensic Entomology), and SWFS (Society for Wildlife Forensic Science). Toward this goal, the 2015 NAFEA Meeting will be held concurrently with the SWFS Meeting in Missoula, Montana. This event will most certainly offer rewarding networking opportunities for all attendees.

I look forward to the upcoming year. In particular, I am excited to work with the members of the Executive Board: Dr. Robert Kimsey (President-Elect), Dr. Eric Benbow (Past-President), Dr. Christine Picard (Treasurer), Dr. Jonathan Cammack (Secretary), Dr. Jen Pechal (Chief Newsletter Editor), Dr. John Wallace (Associate Newsletter Editor), Lauren Pharr (Associate Member Representative), Petra Boehme (International Member Representative), and Dr. Jason Byrd (Historian and Web Master).

Last, but not least, I would like to thank Dr. Eric Benbow for his work as President last year. He continued the tradition of strong leadership that has been demonstrated by all of our Past-Presidents. I am humbled to join the ranks of such illustrious leaders in the field of forensic entomology.

Thank you, again, for the opportunity to serve NAFEA as President, and I hope to see you at next year’s meeting in Florida!


Diana Johnson