Dr. M. Lee Goff

M. Lee Goff, Emeritus Ph.D.


Henry Hall Room 5
Tel (808) 440-4209
3140 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Forensic Sciences

Dr. M. Lee GoffDr. M. Lee Goff , Professor Emeritus, Forensic Sciences, and director of the Chaminade Forensic Sciences program, received his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1966, M.S. in Biology from California State University, Long Beach in 1974, and Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1977. He was Professor of Entomology at University of Hawaii at Manoa from 1983 until 2001. He then moved to Chaminade University of Honolulu as Director of the Forensic Sciences Program. Dr. Goff has been involved in forensic entomology for a period of over 25 years. He is currently a consultant in forensic entomology for the Office of the Medical Examiner, City and County of Honolulu. Dr. Goff is one of only fifteen forensic entomologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Entomology. He also serves as a consultant for the CBS crime dramas CSI and CSI: Miami, and he is curator of a traveling museum exhibition called CSI: Crime Scene Insects.

Additionally Dr. Goff has served as a member of the instructional staff for the FBI academy course in Detection and Recovery of Human Remains taught at Quantico, Virginia, and, as a result of his involvement in the recovery efforts at the World Trade Center, was invited to teach portions of the FBI's Terrorism and Mass Disaster Response course. He has published over 200 papers in scientific journals, authored the popular book, A Fly for the Prosecution, and participated in over 300 homicide investigations, consulting on cases worldwide.


B.S., University of Hawai'i
M.S., California State University, Long Beach
Ph.D., University of Hawai'i


General Entomology
Forensic Entomology
Forensic Science Internship
Forensic Science Seminar
Terrorism & Justice
Crime Scene Investigation
Evidence Against Extraordinary Crimes
Trace Evidence (team taught)
Entomology Seminar

Research Topics

  • Forensic entomology: application of entomological methods to the investigation of death
  • Entomotoxicology: Insects as toxicological evidence

Professional and Honorary Organizations

  • Acarological Society of America (Governing Board 1982-85, 1997-2001, President 1991)
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Fellow 1993; Secretary, Pathology/Biology Section 1995-1996; Chair, Pathology/Biology Section 1996-97)
  • American Board of Forensic Entomology (Chair, Board of Directors 1996-1999; Chair, Executive Committee 2006-2008)
  • Mid-Pacific Association of Forensic Scientists (Executive Board 1991-1996)
  • National Association of Medical Examiners - Affiliate Member

Publications (since 2000)

Davis, J.B. & M.L. Goff. 2000. Decomposition patterns in terrestrial and intertidal habitats on O’ahu Island and Coconut Island, Hawai’i. J. Forensic Sci. 45: 824-30. 190.

Goff, M.L. 2000. A Fly for the Prosecution. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.

Shalaby, O.A., L.M.L. de Carvalho & M.L. Goff 2000. Comparison of patterns of decomposition in a hanging carcass and a carcass in contact with soil in a xerophytic habitat on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i. J. Forensic Sci. 45: 1267-73.

Goff, M.L. & W.D. Lord. 2000. Entomotoxicology. In: Entomological Evidence: Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations, J.H. Byrd & J. Castner, eds. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Hédouin, V., B. Bourel,L. Martin-Bouyer., A. Bécart, G. Tournel, M. Deveraux, M.L. Goff & D. Gosset. 2001. Determination of drug ,levels in larvae of Protophormia terraenovae and Calliphora vicina (Diptera: Calliphoridae) reared on rabbit carcasses containing morphine. J. Forensic Sci. 46: 12-14.

Gilardi, K.V., J.D. Gilardi, A. Frank, M.L. Goff & W.M. Boyce. 2001. Epidermoptid mange in Laysan Albatross fledglings in Hawaii. J. Wildlife Diseases 37: 185-88.

Swift, S.F. & M.L. Goff. 2001. Mite (Acari) communities associated with O’hia, Metrosideros polymorpha (Myrtaceae) at Hono O Nå Pali and Kui’a Natural Area Reserves on Kaua’i Island, Hawaiian Islands. Pacific Sci. 55: 23-40.

Bourel, B., L. Fleurisse, V. Hedouin, J.-C. Cailliez, C. Creusy, M.L. Goff & D. Gosset. 2001. Immunohistochemical contribution to the study of morphine metabolism in Calliphoridae larvae and implications in forensic entomotoxicology. J. Forensic Sci. 46: 596-99.

Bourel, B., G. Tournel, V. Hedouin, V.,M. Deveaux, M.L. Goff & D. Gosset. 2001. Determination of drug levels in two species of necrophagous Coleoptera reared on substrates containing morphine. J. Forensic Sci. 46: 600-03.

Richardson, M.S. & M.L. Goff. 2001. Effects of temperature and intraspecific interaction on the development of Dermestes maculatus DeGeer (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). J. Med. Entomol. 38: 347-51.

Introna, F., C.P. Campobasso & M.L. Goff. 2001. Entomotoxicology. Inter. J. Forensic Sci. 120: 42-47.

Bourel, B., G. Tournel, V. Hedouin, V.,M. Deveaux, M.L. Goff & D. Gosset. 2001. Morphine extraction in necrophagous insects remains for determining ante-mortem opiate intoxication. Inter. J. Forensic Sci. 120: 127-31.

Goff, M.L. 2002. Forensic Entomology. In: McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology. pp. 117-19.

Goff, M.L. , C.M. Ritzi & C.L. Hice. 2002. A new species of Polylopadium Brennan & Jones, 1961 (Acari: Trombiculidae) from cricetid rodents in Peru with description of a new character for the genus and a key to the species. J. Med. Entomol. 39: 275-77.

Wells, J.D., M.L. Goff, J.K. Tomberland & H. Kurahashi. 2002. Molecular systematics of the endemic Hawaiian blowfly genus Dyscritomyia Grimshaw (Diptera: Calliphoridae). Med. Entomol. Zool. 53(suppl. 2): 231-38.

Goff, M.L. 2003. Forensic Entomology. In: Encyclopedia of Insects. Academic Press, San Diego. pp. 437-42.

DiZinno, J.A., W.D. Lord, M.B. Collins-Morton, M.R. Wilson & M.L. Goff. 2002. Mitochorndrial DNA sequencing of beetle larvae (Nitidulidae: Omosita) recovered from human bone. J. Forensic Sci. 47: 1337-39.

Lord, W.D. & M.L. Goff. 2003. Forensic entomology: application of entomological methods to the investigation of death. In: Froede, R.C., Ed. Handbook of Forensic Pathology, 2nd edition. College of American Pathologists, Northfield, Illinois. pp. 423-36.

Goff, M.L. 2003. The maggot and the law. In: Being Human: science, culture and fear. The Royal Society of New Zealand, Misc. Ser. 63: 45-51.

Nystrom, K.C., A. Goff & M.L. Goff. 2005. Mortuary behavior reconstruction through paleoentomology: A case study from Peru. Inter. J. Osteoarchaeology. 15: 1-11.

LaPointe, D.A., M.L. Goff & C.T. Atkinson. 2005. Comparative susceptibility of introduced forestdwelling mosquitoes in Hawai’i to avian malaria, Plasmodium relictum. J. Parasitol. 91: 66-72

Goff, M.L. 2005 Entomology. Payne-James, J., R.W. Byard, T.S. Corey & C. Henderson, eds., Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Elsevier Acad. Press. pp. 263-267.

Freed, L.A., R.L. Cann, M.L. Goff, W.A. Kuntz & G.R. Bodner. 2005. Increase in Avian Malaria at Upper Elevation in Hawai‘i. The Condor 107: 753-64.

Carvalho, L.M.L., P.J. Thyssen, M.L. Goff & A.X. Linhares. 2004. Observations on succession patterns of necrophagous insects on a pig carcass in an urban area of southeastern Brazil. Forensic Med. Toxicol. 5(1): 33-39.

Goff, M.L. 2005. Entomology. Payne-James, J., R.W. Byard, T.S. Corey & C. Henderson, eds., Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Elsevier Acad. Press. pp. 263-267

Uchida, G.K., B.E. Mackey, R.L. Vargas, J.W. Beardsley, D.E. Hardy, M.L. Goff & J.D. Stark. 2006. Response of nontarget insects to methyl eugenol, Cue-Lure, Trimedlure and protein bait bucket traps on Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA. Proc. Hawaii. Entomol. Soc. 38:61-72.

Goff, M.L. & W.D. Lord. in press Forensic Entomology. In: Human Identification Forensic Methods, Lorente & Lorente, eds. BioTechniques Books, Eaton Publ., Natick, MA.

LaPointe, D.A. & M.L. Goff. 2008. Altitudinal distribution, abundance, and parit y of Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae) and its relevance to the transmission of Plasmodium relictum (Haemosporidia: Plasmodiidae) in a Hawaiian rainforest. J. Med. Entomol. (in press)

Goff, M.L. 2008. Early Postmortem Changes and Stages of Decomposition in Exposed Cadavers. . J. Applied Acarology, Spec. Issue (in press)