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Jeffery K. Tomberlin

Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, TAMU

Phone: 979-845-9718


Fax: 979-845-6305


I received my BS from the University of Georgia, MS from Clemson University, and PhD from the University of Georgia. I held a postdoctoral position with the University of Georgia and USDA for one year prior to accepting a faculty position with Texas AgriLife Extension and the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University in 2002. I shifted my position to a tenure track faculty position in 2007. Since arriving on campus at Texas A&M, I have been able to establish a successful research program with 18 MS and 9 PhD students completing their studies under my supervision.

General Research Areas

My research examines the various mechanisms regulating carrion decomposition and applications in areas such as the forensic sciences. My emphasis is the interaction between bacteria and insects often associated with decomposing human remains as a means to determine when an individual was colonized by insects and potentially estimate a minimum time of death.

CARFS Funded Projects

  • Microbial community assessments and interactions with insects on decomposing vertebrate remains.