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Wed, Mar 27



Human Decomposition Odor and Search Strategy

Optimize your search strategy based on an understanding of the human decomposition odor!

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Human Decomposition Odor and Search Strategy
Human Decomposition Odor and Search Strategy

Time & Location

Mar 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM



About the event

This webinar is taught from the unique perspective that Paul Martin posses as not only a canine handler and trainer with over 25 years of experience, but as an anthropologist with real world experience conducting research in a human decomposition research facility at Western Carolina University.  This webinar will look at the driving factors of decomposition and how the environment the remains may be in impact the development and presentation of odor to the searching canine team. Some of the specific topics that will be discussed:

  • Buried
  • Burned
  • Fields
  • Disaster
  • Submerged
  • Urban
  • Woodlands

Participants will receive an access code to the Live Webinar Session, a copy of the handouts, and then access for to the recording for a total of 60 days!

Cost for this webinar is $25.

Paul founded HRD Specialized K9 Training in 2002 to research and further the capabilities of HRD canines. He completed his BS in Anthropology from Western Carolina University with a concentration in Forensics and an approved minor in Victim Advocacy in 2011. Then he completed his MA in Anthropology at the University of Mississippi focusing on the application of shallow surface geophysics to locate toddler sized burials. He then completed his coursework for a PhD in Earth Sciences with a concentration in Archaeological Geophyiscs at the University of Memphis with only his dissertation remaining to be completed. He is currently working with his sixth canine partner K9 Abby, a female chocolate Labrador retriever, trained specifically for archaeological human remains detection.  He is the founder and president of Martin Archaeology Consulting, LLC. Since 2015 he has been a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Dogs and Sensors Consensus Body. 


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