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University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-6918 Forensic Science Institute FSI 110E , Box 203


Wayne Lord, Ph.D., currently is an associate professor of Forensic and Biological Sciences at the University of Central Oklahoma. The Forensic Science Institute (FSI) at UCO is a comprehensive training and research organization for students, professionals and first responders. The FSI provides research, training and consultation services in all aspects of forensic science including evidence collection, preservation, analysis, reporting and testimony. Lord teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in parasitology, entomology, histology, behavioral criminology and crime scene processing. Additionally, he serves as the graduate program advisor for the Forensic Science Institute and conducts research in the areas of insect ecology, terrestrial and marine parasitology, vertebrate taphonomy and  behavioral ecology.

Lord is a 22-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and has served in a wide variety of investigative and Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) positions in the forensic and behavioral sciences. SSA Lord served as Unit Chief of Behavioral Analysis Unit III (BAU-III), a component of the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG). The CIRG is located at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia. Specifically, Behavioral Analysis Unit-III provides a wide variety of behaviorally based consultation services to time sensitive and complex investigations involving crimes against children. SSA Lord lead a diverse cadre of behavioral scientists, mental health professionals, and Supervisory Special Agents who provide Congressionally mandated operational, research and training services in child abductions, child homicides, mysterious disappearances of children, and child sexual victimization cases. Additionally, Lord provided management oversight for the NCAVC’s behavioral research program.

Prior to entering on duty with the FBI in 1986, Lord served as a medical entomologist/parasitologist for the United States Air Force. He was assigned to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and was adjunct assistant professor of Preventive Medicine and Tropical Public Health at the F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Classes Taught

Behavioral Criminology                                           Histology

Communicable Disease Biology                              Forensic Entomology

Invertebrate Zoology                                                Decomposer Ecology

Arachnology                                                             Human Anatomy and Physiology

General Entomology                                                 Marine Biology

Medical Zoology                                                       Behavioral Ecology

Clinical Parasitology                                                 Marine Mammal Biology

Medical Entomology                                                 Geographic Pathology

Forensic Interviewing                                               Medico-legal Forensic Science

Crime Scene Processing                                          Wildlife Forensic Science

Education and Certifications

Bachelor of Science - Biology (Major), English Literature (Minor)

Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania 1976.

Master of Science - Entomology and Applied Ecology (Major)

University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 1978.

Doctorate of Philosophy - Zoology (Major), Parasitology (Minor)

University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire 1982.


University of Central Oklahoma

W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute, Department of Biology, Center for Wildlife Forensic Science and Conservation Studies

Edmond, Oklahoma

Professor and Co-Director, 2008-Present

Cornell University/University of New Hampshire

Shoals Marine Laboratory

Isles of Shoals, Maine

Research and Teaching Faculty, 1979-1986; 2003-Present.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine

Bethesda, Maryland

Adjunct Faculty, 1983-1986

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Washington, DC

Adjunct Faculty, 1983-1996

University of New Haven

Henry Lee Institute of Forensic Science

New Haven, Connecticut

Adjunct Faculty, 1987-1991

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

State of Connecticut

Farmington, Connecticut

Consultant – Forensic Entomology, 1987-1991

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Adjunct Faculty (FBI Academy Campus), 1991-2004

Honors and Awards

1972-1976 Gordon-Palmer Pre-Medical Scholarship, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA

1976-1978 McIntire-Stennis Research Fellowship, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

1980-1981 Graduate Research Fellowship, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

1982 Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

1987 Department of Defense, Joint Services Commendation Medal, in recognition of superior military medical service.

1997 Presidential Citation for Outstanding Alumni Achievement, University of Delaware, in recognition of exemplary public and professional service.

2000 Arnold Markle Award in Forensic Science, University of New Haven, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of forensic science.

2010 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Pathology and Biology Section, Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of contributions to the biological forensic sciences. 

2017 University of Central Oklahoma, Neely Award for Excellence in Teaching, 

2018 Oklahoma Medal of Excellence in Regional University and Community College Teaching (Finalist).

2018 Kirkpatrick Foundation Grant for the Study of Wildlife Forensic Science Genomics. Collaborative Award with Drs. James Creecy and Dwight Adams.

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Delaware.

Professional and Community Involvement


Pathology/Biology Section, American Academy of Forensic Sciences



American Board of Forensic Entomology



International Criminal Investigative Fellowship (ICIAF)


Honorary Member

Associazone Italiana Psicologia Investigativa, Italian Association of Investigative Psychology


Honorary Member

Harvard Associates in Police Science


Senior Crime Scene Analyst

Crime Scene Certification Board, International Association for Identification


Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Lord, W.D., 1977.  The Occurrence of Pestiferous Vespula Northern Delaware.  Entomol. News 88: 7 & 8, 193-196.

Lord, W.D., Nicolson, D.A. and Roth, R.R., 1977.  Foraging Behavior and Colony Drift in Vespula maculifrons(Hymenoptera: Vespidae).J.N.Y. Entomol, Soc. 84(4): 25.

Halley, M.R. and Lord, W.D., 1977. Cattle Egret-Deer Mutualism. Bulletin of the Wilson Ornithological Society 89(2): 155-156.

Lord, W.D. and Roth, R.R., 1978.  Is there Intra-specific Competition in Vespula maculifrons(Hymenoptera:Vespidae). J.N.Y. Entomol. Soc. 95(4): 56-57.

Lord, W.D. and Bullock, W.L., 1982.  Swine Ascarid Infections in Humans, New England Journal of Medicine 306(18): 113.

Lord, W.D. and Burger, J.F., 1983.  Collection and Preservation of Forensically Important Entomological Materials. Journal of Forensic Sciences 28(4): 936-944.

Lord, W.D. and Burger, J.F., 1983.  Arthropods Associated with Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) Carcasses Stranded Along the New England Coast.  Intern. Journ. Entomol. 26(3): 282-285.

Lord, W.D. and Burger, J.F., 1984.  Arthropod Associates of Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)and Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)Carcasses on Islands in the Gulf of Maine. Environmental. Entomol. 13: 1261-1268.

Lord, W.D. and Roth, R.R., 1985.  Density, Dispersion, and Reproduction Success in Vespula maculifrons.Amer. Midl. Nat. 113(2): 353-360.

Roth, R.R. and Lord, W.D., 1987.  Cycles of Queen Size and Abundance in a Population of Vespula maculifrons. Environ. Entomol. 16: 649-652.

Lord, W.D. and Stevenson, J.R., 1985.  Directory of Forensic Entomologists.  Misc. Publ. Armed Forces Pest Mgt. Board, Washington, D.C. 20 pp.

Lord, W.D. and Stevenson, J. R., 1986.  Directory of Forensic Entomologists. 2ed. Misc. Publ. Armed Forces Pest Mgt. Board, Washington, D.C. 42 pp.

Lord, W.D., 1986.  The Blue Blow Fly, Calliphora vicina, as an Indicator of Time of Death in a Case of Homicide in Suburban Washington, D.C.  Bull. Soc. Vector Ecol.  11(2): 271-275.

Lord, W.D. and Catts, E.P., 1986.  The Use ofLucilla illustris(Diptera: Calliphoridae) to Estimate Post-Mortem Interval in a Case of Homicide from Fort Lewis, Washington, USA. Bull. Soc. Vector Ecol. 11(2): 276-280.

Lord, W.D. and Rodriquez, W. 1989.  The Use of Insects in the Investigation of Homicide and Untimely Death. J. Amer. District Attorney's Association 22(3): 41-49.

Nolte, Kurt B., Pinder, Richard D., and Lord, Wayne D., 1992. Entomotoxicology:  Detection of Cocaine Poisoning in a Decomposed Body. Journal of Forensic Sciences 37(4): 1179-1185.

Lord, W.D., Adkins, T.R., and Catts, E.P., 1992.  Use of Synthesiomyia nudesita(Van Der Wulp)   ( Diptera: Muscidae) and Calliphora vicina(Robineau-Desvoidy)(Diptera:Calliphoridae) to Estimate the Time of Death of a Body Buried Under a House.  Journal of Agricultural Entomology 9(4): 227-235.

Lord, W.D., and Goff, M.L., 1993.  Forensic Entomology:  Insects in the Investigation of Violent Crime. In: Proceeding of the International Symposium on Mass Disasters and Crime Scene Reconstruction, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. pp. 163-171.

Goff, M.L. and Lord, W.D., 1993.  Use of Insects as Toxicological Indicators:  Recent Advances. In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Trace Evidence Analysis, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. pp.113-122.

Lord, W.D., Goff, M.Lee, Adkins, T.R., and Haskell, N.H., 1994. Insects as Forensic Indicators: The Use of the Black Soldier Fly, Hermetia Illuscens(Diptera: Stratiomidae), as a Measure of Human Post-Mortem Interval.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 39(1): 215-222.

Goff, M. Lee, and Lord, W.D. 1994.  Entomotoxicology: A New Area for Forensic Investigation. Amer. J. of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 15(1): 51-57.

Siver, Peter A., Lord, W.D., and McCarthy, Donald J. 1994.  Forensic Limnology:  The Use of Freshwater Algal Community Ecology to Link Suspects to an Aquatic Crime Scene in Southern New England.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 39(3): 847-853.

Replogle, J., Lord, W.D., Budowle, B., Meinking, T., and Taplin,D., 1994. Identification of Host DNA by Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AMP-FLP) Analysis of Human Crab Louse Excreta.  Journal of Medical Entomology 31(5): 686-690.

Miller, M.L., Lord, W.D., Goff, M.L., Donnelly, B.,  McDonough, E.T. and Alexis, J.C., 1994.  Isolation of Amitriptyline and Nortriptyline from Fly Puparia (Phoridae) and Beetle Exuviae (Dermestdiae) Associated with Mummified Human Remains.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 39(5): 1305-1313.

Miller, M.L., Martz, R., Donnelly, B., Lord, W.D., and McDonough, E., 1994.  Cocaine in Keratin Specimens: Hair and Nails, a Comparison.  Forensic Science International.

Schoenly, K., Goff, M.L. Wells, J.D. and Lord, W.D., 1996. Quantifying Statistical Uncertainty in Entomology-Derived Estimates of the Postmortem Interval in Death Scene Investigations.  American Entomologist  (Summer) 1997:106-111.

Goff, M.L., Miller, M.L., Paulson, J.D., Lord, W.D., Richards, E Omori, A.I., 1997.  Effects of 3, 4-methylenedioxy methamphetamine in decomposing tissue on the development of Parasarcophaga ruficornisand detection of the drug in postmortem blood, liver tissue, larvae and puparia.        Journal of Forensic Sciences 42(2): 276-280.

Lord, W.D., Dizinno, J.A., Wilson, M.R., Budowle, B., Taplin, D., and Meinking, T., 1998.  Isolation, Amplification, and Sequencing of Human Mitochondrial DNA Obtained From Human Crab Louse,Pthirus Pubis(L.), Blood Meals.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 43(5): 1097-1100.

Lord, W. D., Lent, C., Wade, C., and Chang, C. M. 1999. School and Juvenile Violence: A View of the Literature.  National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. FBI, 173 pp.

Boudreaux, M.C., Lord, W.D., and Dutra, R.L., 1999.  Abducted and Murdered Children:  Analysis of Victim, Offender, and Offense Characteristics in 550 Cases of Child Victimization.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 44(3): 539-553.

Boudreaux, Monique C., and Lord, W.D., 2000.  Child Abduction: An Overview of Current and Historical Perspectives, Child Maltreatment 5(1): 63-71.

Boudreaux, Monique C., Lord, W.D. and Jarvis, J. P., 2001.  Understanding Child Homicide: the Role of Access, Vulnerability, and Routine Activities Theory. Trauma, Abuse and Violence 2(1): 56-78.

Lord, W.D., Boudreaux, M. C., and Lanning, K. V., 2001. Investigating Potential Child Abduction Cases: Developmental Perspectives on Child Victimization. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. April, 1-10.

Lord, W.D., Boudreaux, M.C., Jarvis, J. Waldvogel, J. and Weeks, H., 2002. Comparative Patterns in Life Course Victimization: Competition, Social Rivalry, and Predatory Tactics in Child Homicide in the United States. J. of Homicide Studies, 6(4): 235-247.

Dizinno, J.A., Lord, W.D., Collins-Morton, M.B., Wilson, M.R., and Goff, M.L. 2002. Mitochondrial DNA Sequencing of Beetle Larvae (Nitidulidae:Omosita) Recovered from Human Bone. J. of Forensic Sciences 47(6):1337-1339.

Kraemer, Gretchen, Lord, Wayne D., and Heilbrun, Kirk., 2004. Comparing Single and Serial Homicide Offenses. Behavioral Sciences and the Law 22: 1-19.

Boudreaux, Monique C., and Lord, Wayne D., 2005. Combating Child Homicide: Preventive Policing in the New Millennium. J. of  Interpersonal Violence 20(4): 380-387.

Morton, R. J., and Lord, W. D., 2006. Taphonomy of Child-Sized Remains: A Study of Scattering and Scavenging in Virginia, USA. Journal of Forensic Sciences 51(3) 475-479.

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