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Jennifer DeBruyn to discuss “Microbial Ecology of Human Decomposition” Friday, March 3

Jennifer DeBruyn, associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering Systems & Soil Sciences will present “Life After Death:  Microbial Ecology of Human Decomposition” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, March 3.

What happens to us after we die? A decomposing corpse becomes its own mini-ecosystem, hosting insects, scavengers, and multitudes of microbes that blend together and work to recycle tissues back to their constituents. Professor Jennifer DeBruyn will discuss the fascinating process of human decomposition and how scientists are using that information to inform forensic science, livestock mortality management, and processes of fossilization.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, March 3 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Rooms C-D.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

Additionally, this year, we have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. Please email Amanda Womac for more details.

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