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Prof Michelle Harvey



Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


Office of the Exec Dean SEBE


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


GCHE Exempt, Deakin University, 2015
Master of Forensic Science, Univ. of Western Australia, 2007
Doctor of Philosophy, Univ. of Western Australia, 2007
Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Univ. of Western Australia, 2001
Bachelor of Arts (Chinese), University of Queensland, 1999
Bachelor of Science (Entomology), University of Queensland, 1999


Career highlights

2013 Churchill Fellowship

2005 Western Australian Woman of the Year (Science)

2003 American Australian Association Sir Keith Murdich Fellow

2001 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

Research interests

Forensic entomology involves analysis of arthropods and their association with legal matters. My research focuses on information obtainable from forensically important blowflies, examining issues such as role in insect succession on carrion, molecular-based identification of immatures, intraspecific variation in important species, use of blowfly evidence in historical situations and factors affecting the oviposition behaviour and development of blowflies in forensic and myiasis situations.

A major focus of my research is the biology of blowflies and their adaptation to feeding in microbe dense environments, for consideration in relation to maggot debridement therapy, myiasis and forensic entomology.


Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Western Australia

Member Australia New Zealand Frensic Science Society, Australian Entomological Society, European Association of Forensic Entomology

Teaching interests

Forensic science, particularly biology

Forensic Entomology

Medical and Veterinary Entomology

Knowledge areas

Forensic entomology, maggot/microbe interactions, blowfly issues, medical and veterinary entomology

Media appearances

Mighty Maggots vs Flesh Eating Bacteria


2001-2002  Rotary Ambassadorial Fellowship (to South Africa)

2002 Finalist, Young Australian of the Year Awards (Science and Technology Category, Queensland)

2003-2004  Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow of the American Australian Association

2005 Western Australia Woman of the Year (Science)

2013 Winston Churchill Fellow


Mighty Maggots: collaborative research with Dr Melanie Thomson (Deakin School of Medicine) and Barwon Health on the use of Lucilia sericata larvae to decrease healing time in Bairnsdale Ulcer cases

Decomposition and succession in the Geelong area: effects of seasonal variations, particularly humidity and low temperature episodes

Maggot/microbe interactions: elucidating the genetic and biological factors behind successful killing/tolerance of bacteria by blowfly maggots


No publications found

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Novel semio-chemical approach to control the Australian Sheep Blowfly

Prof Michelle Harvey, Prof Xavier Conlan, Dr Andrew Oxley, Prof Robert Shellie, Prof Colin Barrow

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2

  • 2024: $83,406
  • 2023: $268,296
  • 2022: $277,769

Industry and Other Funding

Using medical maggots to fight the Bainsdale Ulcer

Dr Melanie Thomson, Prof Michelle Harvey, Prof Eugene Athan, Dr Daniel O'Brien

Geelong Community Foundation Grant - Research

  • 2013: $34,000

Mighty Maggots v Flesh Nom Bugs

Dr Melanie Thomson, Prof Michelle Harvey

Research My World Pozible

  • 2014: $2,000
  • 2013: $10,692

Novel semio-chemical approach to control the Australian Sheep Blowfly

Prof Michelle Harvey, Prof Xavier Conlan, Dr Andrew Oxley, Prof Robert Shellie, Prof Colin Barrow

Australian Wool Innovation Limited

  • 2023: $20,000


Principal Supervisor

Natalie Elizabeth Gasz

Thesis entitled: The microbiome of medically significant Calliphorid species Lucilia sericata

Doctor of Philosophy (Biol & Chem), School of Life and Environmental Sciences


Bianca Szkuta

Thesis entitled: Investigation into the variables affecting DNA transfer in forensic casework

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences