The Blue Hour Episode March 25, 2021

Shari Forbes - On Forensic taphonomy

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Has the topic of death made you feel uneasy or uncomfortable? Have you ever wondered what happens to our physical bodies after we die? Is the discussion of death still a taboo in western culture?

Shari L. Forbes is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Forensic Thanatology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). She is the Director of the first human taphonomy facility in Canada for Recherche en Sciences Thanatologiques [Expérimentales et Sociales], also referred to as REST[ES].

She is an advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) and has a deep commitment to the implementation of EDI values in academia. Prof. Forbes’ research investigates the chemical processes that occur in soft tissue decomposition. Her research aims to increase the knowledge base relating to decomposition chemistry to identify an accurate biochemical signature for estimating time since death. She has studied these processes in terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric environments throughout Australia, Canada and the USA. Her current research focuses on identifying an accurate chemical profile of decomposition odour using advanced chemical instrumentation. Her research assists police canine units to enhance their training protocols for cadaver-detection dogs deployed to forensic and mass disaster investigations. Her expertise is regularly requested to assist police with locating and recovering buried or concealed evidence, including human remains, drugs, explosives, weapons, and currency. [Biography taken from]

Audio played:
"What happens to your body after you die" by Science Insider
"The Story of Ada Lovelace" produced by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)
"Visiting the Brewarrina First Traps" produced by Now-ness.

Track Listing:

Dancing Plastic Bag
American Beauty · American Beauty Soundrack
Good as Hell
Lizzo · Coconut Oil
Bach: Prélude, Cello suite Nr.1
Ophélie Gaillard · Bach