Gail Anderson is a professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, Co-Director of the Centre for Forensic Research and holds a Burnaby Mountain Endowed Professorship. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology (one of 15). Her research focuses on forensic entomology, the use of insects in criminal investigations, as well as the use of forensic science in court and miscarriages of justice.

Since 1988, she has been a forensic entomology consultant to police, SPCA and Wildlife Enforcement and has testified as an expert witness many times. She is a past President of the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences, the Entomological Society of Canada, North American Forensic Entomology Association, and the BC Entomological Society as well as a past Chair of the American Board of Forensic Entomology.



Forensic science; use of science in criminal justice; forensic, medical and veterinary entomology; poaching/wildlife trade.


  • BSc (Manchester)
  • M.P.M.
  • PhD (SFU)

Note for potential graduate students: Open to accepting new students.


  • Janus, S., King, S., Lam, V.C. and Anderson, G.S. 2023. Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Bereaved. Journal of Illness, Crisis, & Loss.
  • Anderson, G.S. 2020. Biological Influences on Criminal Behavior. 2nd Edition. Taylor Francis, CRC Press and Simon Fraser University Publications, Boca Raton, FL. 332 pp.
  • Watkins, K., Anderson, G.S., Bulmer, W. and Rondinelli, V. 2019. Evidence and Investigation: From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom. 2nd. Ed. Emond Montgomery Publications, Toronto.
  • Kotzé, Z., Aimar, S., Amendt, J., Anderson, G.S., Bourguignon, L., Hall, M.J.R. and Tomberlin, J.K. 2021. Recommendations for preparation of the forensic entomology case report. An international approach. Insects 12(4): 283-294
  • Malainey, S.L. and Anderson, G.S. 2020.  Impact of confinement in vehicle trunks ondecomposition and entomological colonization of carcassess. PLoS ONE. 15(4): e0231207
  • Malainey, S.L. and Anderson, G.S. 2020. Effect of Arson Fires on Survivability of Entomological Evidence on Carcasses inside Vehicle Trunks. Forensic Sci. Int. 306: 110033.
  • Anderson, G.S. and Bell, L.S. 2017. Comparison of faunal scavenging of submerged carrion in two seasons in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia. Insects 8:33 Anderson Invited,
  • Shaalan, E.A., El- Moaty, Z.A., Abdelsalam, S. and Anderson, G.S. 2017. A preliminary study of insect succession in Al-Ahsaa oasis, eastern region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Journal of Forensic Science 62(1) 239-243. DOI:10.1111/1556-4029.13252
  • Anderson, G.S. and Bell, L.S. 2016. Impact of marine submergence and season on faunal colonization and decomposition of pig carcasses in the Salish Sea. PLoS ONE. 11(3): e0149107. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149107 .
  • Anderson, G.S. and Bell, L.S. 2014. Deep Coastal Marine Taphonomy: Investigation into Carcass Decomposition in the Saanich Inlet, British Columbia using a Baited Camera. PLoS ONE. 9(10): e110710. doi:10.1371/journal.pone. 01 10710.


  • Entomological Society of America, Recognition Award in Medical, Urban and Veterinary Entomology for outstanding research, teaching, outreach/extension and service contributions in the fields of medical, urban, and veterinary entomology. 2021
  • Entomological Society of Canada Gold Medal Winner for outstanding achievement in Canadian entomology. 2021
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences Pathology and Biology Section Award for Achievement in the Life Sciences. 2017
  • Derome Award, Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences. “Most prestigious recognition bestowed by the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences awarded to those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of forensic sciences. Only awarded occasionally to worthy candidates”. Had not been awarded since 1996. 2001
  • Time Magazine. Listed as one of the top five GLOBAL innovators in the Criminal Justice Field. Only Canadian chosen. 2001


  • Indigenous Canada, by University of Alberta, 2021
  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Remote Teaching courses, Three Day Intensive Workshop, CEE FASS April/May 2021.
  • The Psychopathology of Homicide
  • Progress in the Forensic Sciences Since the 2009 National Academy of Sciences (NAS ) Report Innovative Teaching With Active Learning Methods — Implementation in Forensic Science Education.
  • The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center.
  • Elder abuse and neglect. What’s happening to Grandma?
  • Extreme violence – Military vs.  civilian crijme scene investigation (CSI) Cases
  • Wildlife Forensics in the Courtroom.
  • Forensic Science and Animal Abuse
  • Forensic Microbiology: Where do we begin?
  • Serial Murder, Deconstructing Stereotype


  • CRIM 355 The Forensic Sciences
  • CRIM 358 Forensic Entomology
  • CRIM 402 Biological Explanations for Criminal Behaviour
  • CRIM 451 Advanced Techniques in Forensic Science